Hip Hop Central

Saturday July 31 at 10.30 PM on Maori Television

Presenters Pieter T and Skye Stirling wrap up the series that traced the evolution of hip hop from its arrival in Aotearoa in the mid-1980s through to today. How have Maori rangatahi embraced hip hop? What does the New Zealand variant look, feel and sound like? Featuring dance crews, graff artists, DJs, beat boxers and freestylers from around the country.

Saturday May 29 at 8.00 PM on Maori Television

Hosted by Pieter T and Skye Stirling. Tonight: The inside word from Che Fu, plus MC Patriarch with J Willz and DJ CXL, and up-and-coming artists Stoosh King and DJ Taktix.

Homegrown talent is on the rise – particularly in Aotearoa hip hop. Local musicians, DJs, dance crews and graffiti artists have proven that they are up there with the best, achieving local and international award-winning success.

Once considered underground, hip hop has become one of the most popular cultural movements in New Zealand today and HIP HOP CENTRAL is the new place to see it on screen.

The 13-part series – on Maori Television every Saturday at 8.00 PM – highlights the local hip hop scene in 2010 with a distinct rangatahi or youth flavour. Presented by Skye Stirling and Pieter T, HIP HOP CENTRAL covers the four original elements of hip hop culture – scratching, MC-ing, breaking and graffiti art – as well as adding beat boxing, singing and dancing to the mix.

“It’s mean to have launched our show in New Zealand Music Month,” says producer/presenter Skye Stirling (Te Whanau-a-Apanui, Te Arawa). “We are here to celebrate all the hip hop artists in Aotearoa – from the pioneers that have laid the groundwork to the newcomers who are following in their footsteps.”

Prominent artists featuring on HIP HOP CENTRAL include D.L.T, Scribe, Che Fu, Dei Hamo, Nesian Mystic, Tha Feelstyle, David Dallas, King Kapisi, Devolo, J.Williams, Frisko, Young Sid and Smashproof. Up-and-coming artists such as Derty Sesh, Home Brew, Recommended Dosage and DJ Taktix also make their mark amongst other guest DJs, graffiti artists, dance crews, beat boxers, MCs and breakers.

“Hip hop artists discuss their personal experiences which are down-to-earth and full of empowering messages,” explains Stirling. “This show is jam-packed with stories from all walks of life and is pumping with positive messages for our youth. It’s amazing to have the support of major talents from the hip hop community.”

Coming up this Saturday May 15 at 8.00 PM, the show features award-winning artist Scribe, DJ Poroufessor, Tribal Connextionz supporting Hazaduz, and Urban Beat. For highlights and insights into the Aotearoa hip hop scene, tune in to HIP HOP CENTRAL on Maori Television every Saturday at 8.00 PM.

Saturday May 8 at 8.00 PM on Maori TV

Series premiere! Pieter T and Skye Stirling trace the evolution of hip hop from its arrival in Aotearoa in the mid-1980s through to today – how have Maori rangatahi embraced hip hop? What does the New Zealand variant look, feel and sound like? Meet dance crews, graff artists, DJs, beat boxers and freestylers from around the country.