#55 Sounds From The Edge

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Edge Message #55 from Brian Sweeney, producer NZEDGE.COM


TODAY, fresh news from the world media about New Zealanders leading, winning, creating, solving, singing, scoring and chopping.


SOURCED from BBC, the Guardian, Wired, Boston Globe, Washington Post, LA Times, New Scientist, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Fortune magazine, The Independent, The Times, Vogue, Metropolis, CNN and New Statesman.

  • The Independent (UK) visits Waitangi and bi-culturalism
  • Arts&Letters best news on www
  • Lloyd Jones makes myths in The Book of Fame
  • Jonathan Lemalu (bass baritone) headed for greatness
  • Georgie Girl – Sydney Morning Herald on transsexual MP Beyer
  • Formway’s Life chair wins best in show at NeoCon
  • Black Caps win first Windies series
  • All Black’s winning start to the season
  • NZ – GE or not to GE? from South China Morning Post
  • Lynn Barber (The Guardian) is 100% Bored
  • Greg Sheridan (The Australian) finds there is no place at the table for Kiwis
  • Michael Corballis (AU) on speech as a cultural invention
  • Bill McLaren’s greatest XV includes Pinetree, Sean, Zinny
  • Michael Campbell wins European Open
  • NZ-OZ led Saatchi & Saatchi best in world
  • Kim Sternley (VUW) on Dawkins vs Gould
  • Mt Taranaki lures Tom Cruise for epic
  • Village Voice on flaming poi
  • LA Times on NZ movie director/star invasion
  • Moana Sinclair runs UN indigenous media network
  • Jason Wynyard and David Bolstad chop to victory in Memphis
  • Sam Neill, Gaylene Preston film on wild West Coast
  • Hydro thermal fields found on Ring of Fire off NZ
  • NZ Sevens win third world title
  • George Nuku’s mother-of-pearl in Vogue
  • Whiri Mako Black haunting voice on One Giant Leap
  • Julian Robertson’s Northland boondoggle
  • Plus winning beer, rugby, wine, horses; Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth Knox, Harry Sinclair, Christine Jeffs, Kiri, Xena and Russell Crowe.

PACIFIC SOUND. Sounds from the South Pacific travel around the planet to applause, guitar solos and raves. Baritone Jonathan Lemalu makes the cover of Sunday Times magazine, Gramophone Magazine calls him, “a major new talent destined for greatness”. Che Fu and The Crates bring the good sound of Aotearoa hip hop to the Queen (along with Dame Kiri) at the Royal Variety Performance. Cambridge rockers The Datsuns are heralded as the future of rock’n’roll, appear on John Peel’s legendary Radio 1 show and sign to Richard Branson’s V2 label.

The sellout “Return of the Aotearoanz” gig at London super-club Fabric on July 4th saw a gathering NZ’s finest in the largest showcase of Kiwi music outside the hometown in 2002. Fresh new urban sounds from NZ, fusing downbeat, nu-jazz and electronica, from Nathan Haines to Pitch Black, Ebb and Fat Freddy’s Drop. Loop recordings capture the vibe on the first international release from the
Wellington-based label. Featuring artists including Che Fu, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and many more, it
serves as a comprehensive introduction to New Zealand’s top musical talent for audiences abroad. Support the new and unique sounds from
the south seas! Click here to check out/buy the beautifully packaged 30 track double CD set “LOOP O3”.

STORIES about coming home/leaving home/staying home/staying away have been terrific and valuable resource – see

Tales of global soul and local heart. I invite more stories please, hundreds of people have been reading them and placing themselves on the map. To incent: for the best (provocative) stories we have five copies of Marti Friedlander’s canonic book of photography about New Zealand (valued NZ$60, plus we’ll deliver anywhere in the world); and packs of nzedge postcards for everyone else.

THANKS everyone who has registered and written and shopped. Our emporium is now into export retail with sales of pounamu, music, CookieTimes and chocolate fish, Burton Silver’s golf balls, James Belich’s history and NYNZ/GUNG HO t’s flying to people in Leiden, Vancouver, Phnom Penh, Mullumbimby, Durham, Newport Beach, NYNY, Morocco, London, Hong Kong, Wagga Wagga, Brisbane, Chappaqua, Oss, Zurich, Beecroft, Surrey, Copenhagen, Orinda, Potsdam, Hartfeild, Nagasaki, Melbourne, Esperance, Alberta, Tagelswangen and Venice CA among other locations. Go to

Pre-polling booth on July 27, the most exciting place to be was Wellington’s brilliant stadium to watch the All Blacks roll over the Springboks. Side-stepping the issues for 80 min, it was a cauldron of NZ culture in all its colours (mainly black!).

From the Edge,
Brian Sweeney
Publisher, Producer

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