An interview with King Kapisi, Awanui Reeder and Ryan Monga

Riffing on Pacific festivals and the notion of 'Pacific music’


  • Jared Mackley-Crump Auckland University of Technology



New Zealand, Pacific festivals, Pacific music, festivalization, popular music, identity


In this Riff article, Jared Mackley-Crump speaks to three prominent New Zealand musicians with various Pacific ancestries: King Kapisi (real name Bill Urale) of S?moan descent, Ryan Monga (of the band Ardijah) of M?ori/Cook Island/Tahitian descent, and Te Awanui Reeder (of the group Nesian Mystik) of M?ori descent. The interview sets out to explore their experiences performing in Pacific festival spaces and their perceptions about the importance of these spaces. It provides first-person perspectives on how they view their music performances as situated within spaces where the politics of cultural representation are heightened. In doing so, they touch on the ongoing debate about ‘Pacific music’ and what constitutes this label.

Author Biography

Jared Mackley-Crump, Auckland University of Technology

Jared Mackley-Crump is currently a lecturer at the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, where he teaches in the event studies programme. His main area of research to date has been music in Oceania, specializing in the diasporic Pacific festivals of New Zealand. His other areas of interest include popular music and sexuality, the development of commercial popular music festivals in New Zealand, and the festivalization of food.


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How to Cite

Mackley-Crump, J. (2015). An interview with King Kapisi, Awanui Reeder and Ryan Monga: Riffing on Pacific festivals and the notion of ’Pacific music’. Perfect Beat, 16(1-2), 87–99.