One of the big winners in last week's New Zealand Music Awards was the singer Aaradhna. She took home three "Tuis" awards — Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb, Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album. Treble and Reverb was released in the U.S. in October.
Aaradhna (A-rod-nah) Patel was born in Wellington to Indian and Samoan parents, both singers themselves, and she grew up with Bollywood soundtracks and Samoan gospel at home. Her own music, with its R&B and doo-wop arrangements and her throwback vocal style, makes inevitable comparisons to Amy Winehouse. She played a stripped-down session at OPB this summer, including a warm island treatment of her song "Keep My Cool" with guitarist Carl Noa.
- Video: Ifanyi Bell
- Photography: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
- Audio: Erik Golts, Steven Kray