Anthems: New Zealand's Iconic Hits

Premieres Sunday 28 April 8.30pm

Anthems: New Zealand’s Iconic Hits tells the stories of many of New Zealand’s iconic songs, with influential musicians and industry professionals sharing their behind-the-scenes take on the art of making music in Aotearoa. The five-part series provides unprecedented access to our beloved songwriters, celebrating the vibrant stories behind the Kiwi hits they have created. 
 
The music industry has been massively transformed by the advent of the internet and Anthems: New Zealand’s Iconic Hits is the first series to look back on the recent years of New Zealand popular music with the fresh eyes and perspectives of this modern music world. Moving between past and present, the series reveals the collective experience of our music, not only investigating what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be.
 
Songs like Don’t Dream It’s Over, Slice of Heaven, Drive, Why Does Love Do This To Me?, Home Again and Royals would stop a Kiwi in their tracks anywhere in the world. Anthems: New Zealand’s Iconic Hits takes a deeper look at how these hits transcend time and genre to connect so strongly, how they’re woven into New Zealanders’ lives and memories to become our taonga. Witness the magical moment when a song is born, and the process by which the recordings we have come to love are created. Made with the support of NZ On Air.

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About The Show

Anthems: New Zealand’s Iconic Hits tells the stories of many of New Zealand’s iconic songs, with influential musicians and industry professionals sharing their behind-the-scenes take on the art of making music in Aotearoa. The five-part series provides unprecedented access to our beloved songwriters, celebrating the vibrant stories behind the Kiwi hits they have created.

Bliss

Bliss

George

George

Pacifier

Pacifier

Sophie

Sophie

Victoria

Victoria