Local musician Muroki has made the finals of the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards in the Te Kaituhura Puoro Toa o te Tau | Breakthrough Artist of the Year category.
The young Raglan singer/songwriter star has been on the rise since he caught the attention of New Zealand musician Benee and was the first signing to her label. His breakout hit, Wavy, is still riding high on the airwaves. He can also count Elton John as one of his fans.
Not new to the music scene, Muroki first took up the guitar as a nine-year-old under the tutelage of Cornerstone Roots guitarist Nicky Keys. He continued learning music through his high school years and began producing music at 14.
Muroki formed Cloak Bay with friends Lenny Reynolds, Jacob, Kelvin, Paulo and Tatava, and released their first EP Digitown and the Boogie Boys in 2017.
They cut their teeth playing live music at the Yot Club and over the past few years have garnered a reputation around the country with their cool mix of jazz, indie and blue wave influences.
Scheduled for December (Covid restrictions allowing), the awards will be televised live on TVNZ 2 and TVNZ OnDemand from the Aotea Centre.