DJ amplifying South’s music
When more than 200,000 people came out to Auckland Museum’s New Zealand music exhibition last year, the creators knew they were onto something good.
Filled with nostalgic items and photographs from over the decades, Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa was one of the museum’s biggest attractions in recent years.
It then sparked an idea to continue on the back of Volume’s success and focus on a particular place which has left an impression on the country’s music scene - south Auckland.
Nearly a year later, Volume South has opened at Manukau Institute of Technology in Manukau, celebrating Southside musicians and artists.
For Philip Bell, more commonly known as DJ Sir-Vere, it just makes sense to be telling these stories.
The DJ and radio personality was on the advisory board for the exhibition, and he says it’s clear south Auckland music’s impact over the years is pretty significant.
‘‘This has been a discovery of realising how important this stuff is. I couldn’t see this existing anywhere else,’’ Bell says.
Volume South tells the stories of the pioneers of the south music scene like Ardijah and Savage, as well as upcoming artists like Raze, Vallkyrie and Irene Folau.
It features personal items like handwritten lyrics and outfits, on loan from artists and their families, as well as a short film about south Auckland music.
The exhibition also pays tribute to the legacy of the late tara ¯O brothers Phil and Pauly Fuemana (OMC).
Phil Fuemana is known as a trailblazer in the Pacific hip-hop world and was a mentor to many, including Bell.
He thinks Fuemana would have taken the acclaim in his stride.
‘‘He would be extremely proud and humbled by it all, I’m certain,’’ Bell says.
For Auckland Museum’s Esther Tobin, the exhibition’s content and interpretation developer, Volume South is an exciting milestone.
She’s spent the better part of the past year engaging with artists on the 10-person advisory board, learning more about south Auckland’s music history.
The first Volume brought phenomenal numbers of visitors to the museum, she says, including young people, and they hope to see the same with Volume South.
‘‘We want to encourage young people to come in and get inspired,’’ Tobin says.
‘‘There’s a phenomenal quantity of music that’s come from this part of town and its influence is felt in the community.’’
Volume South runs until August 31 at MIT’s Manukau campus.
Emerging songwriters and artists are encouraged to enter the exhibition’s music and art competition.
For more information and to register go to aucklandmuseum.com/visit/ exhibitions/volume-south
Philip Bell says Volume South has been a journey of discovery for him.