Bic Runga

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Bic Runga, ONZM

Ngāti Kahungunu

Internationally successful singer-songwriter Bic Runga grabbed the attention of music fans in 1996 when, at the age of 20, she released her debut single Drive, which went on to be a Top-10 hit and won her the APRA Silver Scroll for songwriting that year. Her debut album of the same name was released in 1997, with the second single Sway also reaching the Top 10.

Christchurch-born Runga had come to the notice of the recording industry when she took part in the Smokefree Rockquest as a high school student. Music was a big part of her family life, with her Māori father and Chinese-Malaysian mother both coming from musical backgrounds. Her sisters Pearl and Boh are involved in the industry as well.

In August 1997, on the eve of the release of her first album (which she also wrote, arranged and produced), Runga was interviewed live on Radio New Zealand and, as you can hear in this excerpt, interviewer John Campbell was an enthusiastic fan.

Runga's career has continued since then, with her winning multiple awards for her subsequent work. In 2006, she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music, and in 2016 she was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Find out more about Bic Runga:

Check out Runga's website.

Find out more on Bic Runga's Audioculture profile page.

Image: Nick Chappell [CC BY 3.0 (].

Catalogue Reference 36894

Year 1997


Interviewer: John Campbell, Top o' the Morning, RNZ National

Excerpt: 00:02:07

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