Stay Home, Save Lives – A Kiwi Musical Collaboration
Written by Kieron on April 14, 2020
Presenting ‘Stay’, a collaboration from Te Māngai Pāho and Loop featuring 20 of Aotearoa’s finest musicians with one clear message – stay at home to help save lives. Watch the video below…
Created by over 20 artists in collaboration while in lock down, ‘Stay’ is a waiata created with one simple goal – encouraging the people of Aotearoa to “stay home, save lives”.
The brainchild of Te Māngai Pāho and Loop, the track & video were written, produced & recorded remotely by over 20 artists in just seven days, showcasing how New Zealanders are able to pull together in a time of crisis.
‘Stay’ was directed by Mikee Tucker, written and arranged by Anna Coddington, Rob Ruha, Scott Tindale and Brad Kora, Ara Adams-Tamatea, & Joel Shadbolt (L.A.B), with a wide range of sixteen vocalists featured throughout including – Anna Coddington, Bailey Wiley, Hollie Smith, Ria Hall, Theia, Fran Kora (Kora), Jackson Owens, Joel Shadbolt (L.A.B), Kings, Logan Bell (Katchafire), Pere Wihongi (Maimoa), Rei, Rob Ruha, Stan Walker, Tiki Taane & Troy Kingi.
Hear Mikee Tucker, who pulled the project together, on air with CFM’s Rick Rennie:
‘Stay’ is the final result, written, recorded & edited in seven days, remotely combining over 20 of New Zealand’s most exciting and well known artists together with a clear and simple message – “this isn’t forever, we’re in this together”.
All proceeds from ‘Stay’ will be donated to Music Helps, who are doing great things to help those in the music industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The idea for ‘Stay’ was inspired by the work of a Uganda music artist that Anaru Mill, head of government fund Manaaki, had come across in his mahi at COVID Command. Anaru suggested to colleague Te Atawhai Tibble that Kiwi artists should do one. Atawhai called Nadia Marsh, Kaiarahi Puoro at Te Māngai Pāho, to see what could be done. She engaged Mikee Tucker from Loop, and the project began to come together.
Please get in touch with interview requests for any of the artists involved in this project for Weds April 15, the day of release.
Anna Coddington, Bailey Wiley, Hollie Smith, Ria Hall, Theia, Ara Adams-Tamatea (L.A.B), Brad Kora (L.A.B), Fran Kora (Kora), Jackson Owens, Joel Shadbolt (L.A.B), Kings, Logan Bell (Katchafire), Pere Wihongi (Maimoa), Rei, Rob Ruha, Stan Walker, Tiki Taane, Troy Kingi.