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Savage Moves Past 350,000 And Gets Major Billboard Attention!

12th August 2008

Savage continues to bust down doors in the US this week... With his sales of "Swing" feat Soulja Boy Tell'em surpassing 350,000 units!

Savage moves up to #63 with a bullet on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart, enters the official Billboard Hot 100 at #91, sits at #22 with a bullet on the Rhythmic Radio Chart and finds himself the subject of a nice write up in the coveted pages of Billboard magazine. Click here to check out the Billboard article (Shot for the upload Kirk!!)

Savage also re-entered the RIANZ Chart again last week at #36 with Swing he moves up 3 spots this week to #33!

We just got our hot little hands on a rough cut of the new Swing video too so make sure you check back here and subscribe to our youtube channel so you know first when it drops!



Mareko - Record Of The Year Tour With Devolo & Axeman!

12th August 2008

If you are in the Hutt or Porirua regions of Wellington get ready for Mareko, Devolo, Axeman, Brotha D & DJ Montana to invade later this month for the "Record Of The Year Tour"

Wellington veteran MC Flowz is also on the bill. Get down to Cruz Bar in Porirua on Friday 22nd August and The Hut Bar in Upper Hutt on Saturday 23rd of August to catch all the action just a lazy $10 on the door for all that goodness!! Mareko and Devolo have both just released hot new singles and videos available online and your cellphones now!

Click here to check out their Videos on the DR Tube and make sure you subscribe!!!


Devolo Somebody Video
Devolo Somebody Shoot

PHOTOS: Devolo - Somebody video shoot

8th August 2008

Devolo's blazing debut single "Somebody" is at radio now! Make sure you get voting for it... And download it from your favourite digital provider iTunes, digiRAMA, Vodafone and Telecom.

Check out these flicks from the Video shoot at Asta on Tuesday. We'll have the video on your screens by next week.. Stay tuned.

Click here to check out the pics


Sweet & irie

Sweet & Irie - My Girl

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Sweet & Irie - My Girl

7th August 2008

We have another exclusive video for you: The second single from Sweet & Irie - My Girl... This is not available anywhere yet people. Hitting your screens and radio next week.. Tell your peeps where you saw it first!





Savage Jumps to #22 on the Rhythmic Crossover Chart!!

7th August 2008

Savage makes a 30-22 jump with a bullet on the Billboard and R&R Rhythmic chart this week making power moves alongside the best of the US artists.

"Swing" also notched up it's fourth week on the Billboard Hot Digital 100 at # 70 with a bullet.

Click here to check out the chart


Savage Swing Video Shoot

Savage "SWING" Video in Hollywood Hills!!

7th August 2008

Savage filmed a brand new video for "SWING" this week in the Hollywood Hills with Director Kai Crawford. The video has comedic feel througout and features some hella dance performances from some of the best street dancers in LA.

Click here for photos


Savage & David Banner - Salt Lake City

Savage / The Game Show U92 Salt Lake City

7th August 2008

Savage performed alongside hip hop heavyweights The Game, David Banner, Wiz Khalifa, Dolla, Boo Yaa Tribe, YS and a host of other local artists in Salt Lake City last weekend for radio station U92. The show was a sold out event at the Utah Arena and the crowd was crazy excited. Boo Yaa Tribe came on stage with Savage and showed mad love supporting Savage for his entire performance.Video footage of the event will be posted next week

Click here for photos



Savage Hits Atlanta!!

30th July 2008

Savage continues his US promo Tour stopping off this week in one of the most influential music markets, ATLANTA (home to T.I, Outkast, Young Jeezy & Ludacris). Hosted by marketing guru REAL from The "R" Group and DJ Infamous from the Apphiliates DJ Crew (DJ DRAMA ) Savage stopped through hotspots like Jermaine Dupri's "Studio 72" the Velevet Room and Magic City.

Click here for photos





Savage Moves Up to #30 on the Rhythmic Crossover Chart!!

30th July 2008

This past week Savage moved up 2 spots to #30 on the Radio & Records Rhythmic Crossover Chart. Beating out new tracks from Pussycat Dolls, Usher & Ice Cube.

Savage also took out the #1 Phones spot on WJQM MADISON and hit Top 5 phones at KXJM Portland.

Click here to check out the chart



Sweet & Irie LIVE this Weekend!

30th July 2008

Come down to the Thirsty Whale this Saturday nIght August 2nd, from 10:00pm to catch Sweet & Irie LIVE! $10 on the door.

Sweet & Irie have just finished their brand new video for their second single - My Girl. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.





Devolo & Mareko ONLINE NOW!

30th July 2008

Two new singles available online this week. The debut single from Devolo - Somebody which has just hit radio and Mareko's second single from White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark - Record Of The Year.

Both songs have been tearing up the radio so make sure you keep requesting and pick up your copy from one of our digital partners below.

Click here to buy Somebody at digiRAMA now
Click here to buy Somebody at iTunes now
Click here to buy Somebody at Vodafone now

Click here to buy Record Of The Year at digiRAMA now
Click here to buy Record Of The Year at iTunes now
Click here to buy Record Of The Year at Vodafone now

Also remember to get your vote on for the Record Of The Year video on C4's Select Live text s175 to 4440 to vote now!





Savage Moves Up to #32 on the Rhythmic Crossover Chart!!

23rd July 2008

This past week Savage moved up 3 spots to #32 on the Radio & Records Rhythmic Crossover Chart. Beating out new tracks from Mariah Carey & Pitbull.

Savage debuted on the chart at #35 with a bullet last week beating out new tracks from Shawty Lo & Flo Rida. From all accounts it was a high debut and is set to move upwards over the coming weeks.

Click here to check out the chart



Savage Breaks 2 Million on MySpace!!

23rd July 2008

Savage's MySpace page ticked over 2,000,000 views this morning. He has been the most popular artist on MySpace Music in New Zealand for the last few months.

Check out his MySpace Page here



Savage Films New Video In Hollywood!

23rd July 2008

Savage is set to film a new US version of his hit single "SWING" Featuring Soulja Boy Wednesday 30th July at undisclosed location in Beverly Hills.
The new video is being filmed by Director Kai "FlyyKai" Crawford who has been responsible from high profile Hip Hop videos from, Yung Joc, Pitbull, Akon, Gorilla Zoe and most recently the debut video from Hot Stylz Feat Jung Joc "Lookin Boy".

Check back in next week for behind the scenes footage and photo's from the set of "SWING!!!"



Mareko - Record Of The Year

23rd July 2008

Mareko's latest single "Record Of The Year" is at TV & Radio now! Make sure you get voting and requesting on your favourite stations!

Text s175 to 4440 to vote for "Record Of The Year" on Vodafone Select Live on C4

Flava | MaiFM | NiuFM | C4 | Juice TV





EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Paul Mac - Love Declaration Featuring Aaradhna

23rd July 2008

We have another exclusive video for you: This time it's a throwback to the 06. Australian producer Paul Mac featuring our very own Aaradhna - Love Declaration.



SAVAGE MAKES SALES HISTORY!

16th July 2008

Savage made history this week, setting the highest Hip Hop sales record in Australasia with over 250,000 sold!!

The results are in, Savage the #1 Samoan MC from South Auckland has set a new music record for the highest selling Hip Hop single in Australasian music history by a local artist, with "SWING" feat. Soulja Boy Tell'em, selling over 250,000 units in the US.




Dawn Raid Signs Exclusive deal with Beat Kamp Muzik!

16th July 2008

Beat Kamp Muzik founded by platinum producer A.T.P, hailing from South Auckland and based out of the Gold Coast in Australia have signed an exclusive deal with Dawn Raid Music to release their debut single "Rap Game" Feat ATP, Savage, MZRE, PNC, XY & OP.

The new single is already climbing up the radio charts in NZ and Australia and the debut video from the group will be released in 2 weeks. The Video was created by Australian production house Deep Creative and it's blazing! Check back in 2 weeks for it's official debut!!

Click here to check out the Rap Game Remix now!






EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Savage DR Jays Live Interview With Boss Lady

16th July 2008

We have another exclusive video for you: "Boss Lady" founder and former editor of Australia's Urban Hitz magazine is now running things at DR Jays Live. Check out her recent interview with Savage below.

Thanks to DR Jays Live for the video



Mareko & Devolo LIVE at Shake - This Saturday

16th July 2008

Come down to Zen this Saturday night for "SHAKE: The Winter Edition" Mareko & Devolo will be performing LIVE. Also DJ's Manchoo, C-1, C-Ram & more.

First 50 ladies through the door receive FREE entry and and Alize Cocktail.



Mareko - Record Of The Year at Radio & TV Now!

16th July 2008

Mareko's latest single "Record Of The Year" is at TV & Radio now! Make sure you get voting and requesting on your favourite stations!

Flava | MaiFM | NiuFM | C4 | Juice TV




New MySpace pages for Devolo & Alphrisk

16th July 2008

In preparation of Devolo's new solo album Devolo has launched a new myspace site to share his new music, exclusive bangers and to connect with the fans, also hitting myspace hard in prepartion of his duties as tour hype man for Savage in the US is Alphrisk the Apostle, be sure to stop by their pages and add them as friends.

Click here to check out DEVOLO on MySpace
Click here to check out ALPHRISK on MySpace



Savage & Scribe - Back2Basics Cover

16th July 2008

The winter issue of Back2Basics has arrived and features a great article in-depth look at exporting NZ Hip Hop to the world with interviews with Savage and Scribe.

Also check out the 4.5 Crates Review of Mareko's White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark plus an interview with the man himself about the album, production and what he has been up to for the last couple of years. In Stores Now!

Click here to check out www.back2basics.co.nz





Savage Debuts at #35 on the Rhythmic Crossover Chart!!

9th July 2008

Savage continues to smash on in the US with "Swing" featuring Soulja Boy Tell Em. This week Savage debuted at #35 on the R&R Magazine - Rhythmic Crossover Chart (The Bible for radio programmers according to our man Kirk Harding).

"New Zealand/Australia hip-hop artist Savage makes his inaugural chart appearance with "Swing," the top debut at No. 35."

Click here to check out the Rhythmic Crossover Chart






EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Mareko - Record Of The Year!

9th July 2008

We have another exclusive video for you: This the second single "Record Of The Year" from Mareko's latest album White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark. Once again the video is directed by our man Ivan Slavov for Independent Film Co. of New Zealand.

Check it out!





EXCLUSIVE MUSIC: DEVOLO First Single "Somebody"

9th July 2008

That's right people you get to hear it here first... The banging new first single from the upcoming Devolo album. "Somebody" is produced by Horsemen Family's DJ Montana who recently signed a production deal with Dawn Raid.

Click here to check out "Somebody" on DEVOLO'S on MySpace





Reprezent Volume. 2 - Mixed By DJ Peter Gunz

9th July 2008

Our boy DJ Peter Gunz has released Reprezent Volume 2, another MixCD of New Zealand HipHop & R&B through Grindin' / Central Station Records in Australia. Reprezent 2 features some banging Aotearoa tracks from Beat Kamp, PNC, Mareko, Horsemen Family, P-Money, Scribe, Savage, Tyson Tyler, Sweet & Irie, MZRE, RES, 4 Corners & More

It was released in Australia on the 21st of June and will be available in New Zealand late August. However if you are in New Zealand and want to be better than your friends you can jump over to digiRAMA and pick it up right now!!!







Brotha D Does It For The Kids

9th July 2008

"Over the years I've been fortune enough to travel the whole country, one city I have a lot of love for is Hamilton aka H-town. H-town was the 1st city that showed love to Dawn Raid when we first went on the road hosting our 1st Dawn Raid Showcase at Groove Inn, shout out to Lance Fatu aka Big Gunjack and Pauli Fata aka The Mexican Kid, so when Hamilton rings through for a favour, I always answer.

I would like to thank Jean from the Toutai Trust for inviting me to come along and experience the talents of young people from H-town forging themselves on the canvas of Art, allowing me to share my story with the intention to inspire.

Here are some photos of what went down, shout out to all those involved with tutoring these young talents Teuila, Leafa & others. Thank you all for having me and may you all prosper in the future with your amazing talents, representing our people."

Love & Respects, Brotha D

Click here to see the photos





Savage Hits Billboard Hot 100 Chart!!

2nd July 2008

For the second time in a month Savage has hit the Billboard Hot 100 Digital chart for the week ending July 5th.

Climbing back in the chart with a bullet at #70 Savage "Swing" featuring Soulja Boy Tell Em continues to gain weight in the US. Keep checking in as Savage gears up to hit the R&B / HIp Hop 100 in the coming month, stay tuned!!!



Savage "Swing" Breaks US Radio Down South!

2nd July 2008

Savage "Swing" has broken into down south territory, Houston TX home of southern rap stars like UGK, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, and Memphis home of Three Six Mafia, with "Swing" in the Top 10 chart of these Top Urban stations:

• KPTY Houston
• KXBT Austin
• WJQM Madison
• KXHT Memphis



Savage Hits Las Vegas & CA Radio!!

2nd July 2008

This past week Savage took a trip down to Las Vegas and Bakersfield on his radio promo tour for Swing in the US. Shout outs to DJ Wreck & Flawless at Hot 94.1, Sherita at KVEG, JB at KLUC, KISV and everyone else that we met!

Click here to see photos



EXCLUSIVE: Savage Documentary

2nd July 2008

We have another exclusive video for you: This is part 1 of the Savage Documentary filmed in NZ, Australia & New York.

Check it out!



Mareko - Record Of The Year

2nd July 2008

Over the last part of last week and the weekend we filmed the video for the second single "Record Of The Year" from Mareko's latest album White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark. Keep your eyes and ears ready... The track will be hitting TV & radio in the next 2 weeks.



Savage Cracks 200,000+ Sold in US + #1 Most Requested at Radio!!

25th June 2008

Savage continues to make an impact on the sales and radio charts in the US, with his total sales surpassing 200,000 in US. "Swing" was added to another 20 urban stations in the US this week on top of the over 25 crossover stations that are already spinning the record.

Savage had a busy week promoting "Swing" on the West Coast and stopped off in San Diego, LA, Las Vegas, and made an appearance on legendary Bay Area station 106KMEL in San Francisco. Shout out to the homies, The Bayliens who held us down in the Bay and JT The Bigga Figga.

Click here to see photos



SWEET & IRIE: Mama Don't Cry Release Party

25th June 2008

Last Thursday was the official launch of Sweet & Irie's debut single "Mama, Don't Cry" at Rising Sun in AK City. The house was packed full of reggae hungry fans and things kicked off with Devolo & Axeman who the crowd were loving. Enter Ed from Sweet & Irie to perform "Feels Like Magic" with Volo & Axe. That was all the warm-up the crowd needed when the band took the stage the night really began. Sweet & Irie with their multi cultural band impressed with old and new songs and the odd South American reggae tune too. Unfortunately we had camera issues on the night so if anyone has photos please send them to info@dawnraid.co.nz

Keep an ear out for the Remix of "Mama, Don't Cry" at radio from next week. It features Mareko & Axeman and is available now on the CD single at The Warehouse and from iTunes & digiRAMA



SAVAGE is #1 most added at the Rhythm Crossover format:

19th June 2008

" Beating out new tracks from Ice Cube and Ricky Ross, "Swing" takes pole position as the #1 most added track at the Rhythm Crossover format this week. This is a huge start for the Savage at U.S radio with 30+ stations adding "Swing" to their playlists, including stations in major markets such as Dallas, Las Vegas, Philly, Houston, Salt lake City, San Diego and Sacramento.

To be clear... the Crossover panel includes stations such as Hot 97 in NY and ATL, whereas Power in NY is the urban station. It is not a Top 40 format, although there are top 40 leaning stations on the Crossover panel. "Swing" is set to impact at the urban format next week. "

Taken from movingthecrowd.blogspot.com



BREAKING NEWS: Savage #1 at US Radio!!!

18th June 2008

Savage continues to gain momentum in the US with "Swing" being the #1 most requested song at radio stations in San Diego, Tulsa, & Salt Lake City! Over 30+ US stations are now spinning "Swing" and it's moving up the charts fast.

This week Savage travels to the West Coast for the second time in 2 weeks and stops at radio stations in LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Oakland California!!

CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE IT UP FOR SAVAGE!!!!



Sweet & Irie Single Release With Full Live Band

18th June 2008

Come and join us for the Release Party of Sweet & Irie's first single "Mama, Don't Cry" on Thursday night at Rising Sun 373 K Road, Auckland from 10pm. It will be the first time they rock they stage with their new full live band so this is something you don't want to miss!

Axeman and Devolo will also be performing with Sweet & Irie and you can be sure the hit's such as "Feels Like Magic" will be jammed out! Keep an ear out for the Remix of "Mama, Don't Cry" at radio from next week. It features Mareko & Axeman and is available now on the CD single and from iTunes & digiRAMA



Savage from Hollywood to New York Photos!!!

18th June 2008

Check out some of the latest flicks from Savage and YDNA on their journey around USA promoting Savage single "Swing" and album!! Keep checking back in every week for updated photos!!

Click here to check out the photos.



Strictly For The Ladies

18th June 2008

In Mareko's song 'For You" on his dope new album White Sunday 2 The Book Of Mark he says "Volo hasn't even dropped a solo album..."

This is all about to change. The last Deceptikon to go solo is Devolo. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his long awaited, yet to be titled solo album. Devolo has been working hard in the studio for the last couple of months and the results have been outstanding. Production so far has been well handled by new Dawn Raid signing and fellow Horseman, DJ Montana. The first single "Somebody" is a banger strictly for the ladies keep your ears peeled!



Savage Smashing US Radio

12th June 2008

Savage and Andy flew out late last Wednesday to LA to spend a week there on a promotional tour and meeting with some of the Boo Yaa Tribe, Big Dave and other US associates.

They flew back to New York recently and received news that "Swing" is starting to impact at radio in a big way especially on the West Coast. "Swing" Featuring Soulja Boy is already #1 most requested at some stations.

We'll have more news updates and some photos for you over the weekend. Keep it locked.




TJ Signs With Dawn Raid - Video & Photos

12th June 2008

Wellington musician, singer & songwriter TJ has signed with Dawn Raid. He is currently working on his Album. TJ has been around the music scene for the past few years performing, recording and winning competitions.

Click here for photos




Pacific Music Awards 2008

12th June 2008

Te Vaka and Scribe have taken double honours at the S3 Pacific Music Awards 2008 in Manukau City on Saturday 31st of May.
Te Vaka was honoured with the Radio 531pi Best Pacific Group award and the coveted Tui for the S3 Best Pacific Music Album for ‘Olatia’. To acknowledge the band’s Tui win, Te Vaka will also be honoured at the New Zealand Music Awards in October.

Scribe has taken out the NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist Award for his second album ‘Rhyme Book’.
Malo Luafutu (a.k.a Scribe) is also a co-winner with Tyra Hammond, Aaron Iusitini and Jordan Iusitini for ‘Say It Again’ which has prevailed in the APRA Best Pacific Song category.

Other winners at the S3 Pacific Music Awards 2008 are:

- Cydel took out the award for Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist for ‘Soul Finder’
- Three Houses Down picked up the Manukau City Council People’s Choice Award – Best Pacific Artist.
- Lole takes out the Counties Manukau District Health Board – Smokefree Best Pacific Female Artist for ‘The Movement’.
- The Ministry Of Pacific Island Affairs Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sione ‘King of Ukulele’ Aleki.
- Singer, songwriter and producer Matthew Salapu Faiumu won The Phillip Fuemana Award.

Our prayers and thoughts are with Manukau City Mayor Len Brown and his family who is in hospital after suffering a heart attack during his opening speech.




Mareko Release Party/ Horsemen Family Tour - Christchurch Photos

12th June 2008

Mareko, the Horsemen Family and Ed from Sweet & Irie took the Horsemen Family Feels Like Magic / Mareko - White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark Release Party Tour to Christchurch on Saturday night. From all accounts it was a packed house at Coyotes with the Canterbury public coming out to celebrate Horsemen Family, Mareko and their Super 14 winning Crusaders.

Click here to check out the photos!



Exclusive Video! Savage - Swing XXX Live Performance

30th May 2008

We have an exclusive video for you of Savage performing his biggest hits - Swing, They Don't Know & Moonshine in front of thousands of people. The hype set features Savage with over 100 hot girls in school uniforms, strippers, Mareko, Brotha D, DJ Peter Gunz & DJ Tikelz...

Check it out!





Mareko Release Party/ Horsemen Family Tour - Auckland Photos

29th May 2008

The Horsemen Family Feels Like Magic/ Mareko - White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark Release Party Tour hit Auckland City this week with a bang. Big Rex AKA Mareko warmed up the floor with a tight little DJ set before fellow Horsemen and new Dawn Raid signing DJ Montana set the floor on fire.

The live set was a classic Horsemen Family affair with all members gracing the stage and ripping up the mics for over an hour. With the Deceptikonz at the helm all the hits came out, and newer joints from the Horsemen album My Shout were put on show by Frum Tha Stablez, Axeman and the rest of the crew. Ed from Sweet & Irie came through and amazed people with a couple of his recent hits then man of the hour Savage tore through his hits one last time before taking off to the US this week. Mareko capped the night off with his solo set and the crowd went nuts for "Record Of The Year" and the latest single "Gotta Go" Click here to check out the photos!

 




Sweet & Irie - CD Single in stores NOW!!

29th May 2008

Dawn Raid's new chart topping reggae band SWEET & IRIE'S debut single "Mama, Don't Cry" IS IN STORES NOW!

The debut single has already received rave reviews from radio and TV audiences, and is set to be another milestone in the prolific rise of this busy reggae band who have gained over 500,000 unique views on youtube through their guest feature on the Top 10 summer hit "Feels Like Magic".

Mama Don't Cry is available as a CD Single at The Warehouse nationwide from NOW. It marks a turning point in the market as it is the last physical CD Single to ever be made by Dawn Raid and the last to be stocked by NZ's leading music retailer The Warehouse. It is available now at iTunes, digiRAMA and Vodafone.

Click here to check out the video on youtube.
Click here to check out Sweet & Irie on Myspace.



Savage and DJ Green Lantern join forces for debut US Mixtape!!

29th May 2008

Savage continues his movement into America with a crazy collaboration Mixtape with New York's iconic DJ Green Lantern.

The new mixtape tilted "Coming To America" is currently being recorded and features classic and new material from the Samoan MC and new exclusive joints produced by DJ Green Lantern and performed by his Future Green artists.

"Coming To America" will feature throwback artwork to the classic comedy by Eddie Murphy + comedy surprises, so be sure to check back in as this unfolds!!



Urban Playground Tour!

29th May 2008

New Zealand's hottest Hip Hop artists hit the road tonight on the URBAN PLAYGROUND North Island Tour.

Featuring Young Sid, Chong Nee, PNC, Mareko, Chase, Delani, Lady Sheeq, Donald from Nesian Mystik, DJ SMV and they are joined by the beautiful Mirrah straight from LA.

The first show is tonight at Forum North in Whangarei. Click here or the flyer for more dates!



Sweet & Irie - CD Single in stores Monday 26th

20th May 2008

Dawn Raid's new chart topping reggae band SWEET & IRIE release their debut single "Mama, Don't Cry" May 26th. The debut single has already received rave reviews from radio and TV audiences, and is set to be another milestone in the prolific rise of this busy reggae band who have gained over 500,000 unique views on youtube through their guest feature on the Top 10 summer hit "Feels Like Magic".

Mama Don't Cry will be available as a CD Single at The Warehouse nationwide from Monday. It marks a turning point in the market as it is the last physical CD Single to ever be made by Dawn Raid and the last to be stocked by NZ's leading music retailer The Warehouse. It is available now at iTunes, digiRAMA and Vodafone.

Click here to check out the video on youtube.
Click here to check out Sweet & Irie on Myspace.



Horsemen & Mareko Tour plus Savage farewell at Zen this Saturday

20th May 2008

Come down to Zen (Fu Bar) 17 Albert Street this Saturday night to check out a huge double banger, all in one night. The Horsemen Family Feels Like Magic/ Mareko White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark Album Release Party Tour. This is also our farewell for Savage and Andy who will be heading to New York at the end of the month.

One huge night of entertainment from Horsemen Family featuring members of the acclaimed Deceptikonz - Savage, Mareko, Alphrisk & Devolo. They will be joined by Frum Tha Stablez, Axeman, Sweet & Irie and more. Mareko will perform a solo set from his dope new album White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark and DJ's Shady1 & Montana will be holding it down on the decks... Come get some!



DJ Montana signs exclusive producer and publishing agreement with Dawn Raid

Acclaimed South Auckland producer DJ Montana of the Horsemen Family has signed a production and publishing agreement with Dawn Raid Music on the strength of his multi talented production skills. Montana produced Hush Mode by Alphrisk, Family Tribute by Savage, Bring It Back by Axeman and Good Times by Mareko featuring Frum Tha Stablez & Lyric from Horsemen Family - My Shout: The Album. If you have been lucky enough to score a copy of the Horsemen Family Alize mixtape you will find that this wonder kid has also produced a number of bangers on there. Currently Montana is producing material with Mareko for the new US Savage album.





Horsemen Family Presents Alize Mixtape Vol. 1

20th May 2008

Head down to your local liquor store & pick up 2 bottles of Alize to receive the brand new mixtape by the Horsemen
Family
for FREE. This was made exclusively for Alize so you won't find it anywhere else. Featuring all new hot tracks by Mareko, Savage, Devolo, Axeman, Frum Tha Stablez, Kartel & more. Produced in stable by DJ Montana, Mareko & DJ Blaze! Go get yours from:

Auckland Region:
Royal Oak Liquor Centre - 794b Manukau Road, Royal Oak
Liquor Galaxy - Manukau Road, Epsom
Super Liquor Mt Richmond - 627 Mt Wellington Highway
Savill Liquor Centre - 1/1 Savill Road, Mangere
Bairds Road Discount Liquor - 127 Bairds Road, Otara
JJ’s Super Liquor Flat Bush - 130 Dawsons Road, Flat Bush -
Super Liquor Clendon - 459 Roscommon Road, Manurewa
Super Liquor Manurewa - 11 Weymouth Road, Manurewa
Rowandale Liquor - 117 Rowandale Ave, Manurewa
Scorpion Liquor - 1228 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill
Red Baron Liquor - 63 Lake Road, Devonport, North Shore
Pakuranga Wines & spirits - 109 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga
Valley Liquor - Chilvary Road, Glenfield

Rotorua
Bidois Liquor Barn - Bidois Road, Rotorua

Hawkes Bay Region:
Flaxmere Liquor - 23 Swansea Road, Flaxmere

NEW STORES ADDED!

Wellington Region:
Treadwell Liquor - Treadwell Street, Lower Hutt
Nischay Super Saver Liquor - Button Lane, Porirua
Fantame Liquor - Fantame Street, Porirua

Palmerston North Region:
Liquor King Fitz - Palmerston North
Highbury Liquor Centre - Highbury Ave, Palmerston North



Savage Signs Deal With US Major Label - Universal Republic

11th May 2008

SAVAGE’S SMASH U.S HIT ‘SWING’ SOARS PAST 100,000 SALES MARK IN LESS THAN SIX WEEKS WITH NO RADIO RELEASE

(New York, NY – May 11th, 2008) Universal Republic Records has signed one of New Zealand/Australia’s top selling Hip Hop artists, Savage for a worldwide deal. The multi-platinum rapper’s grassroots hit “Swing” has swept the U.S. hip hop world with an incredible word-of-mouth digital buzz – leaping from #77 to #17 in one week on the iTunes Hip Hop chart (currently at #14) with virtually no radio promotion.

Click here to download a PDF of the full official Press Release



Savage - Swing Remix Feat. Soulja Boy at Radio NOW!

11th May 2008

After the huge sucess of "Swing" in the US (over 100, 000 downloads with no radio play) and the signing of a deal with Universal Republic. Savage's smash hit has hit radio worldwide with a new feature... One of the biggest selling and most sucessful artists of the last year - Soulja Boy.

Savage "Swing" Featuring Soulja Boy was serviced to radio in the US & New Zealand today... Start requesting at radio now!

Click here to listen to the track




Aaradhna - "Betcha By Golly Wow" Video Exclusive

11th May 2008

The first video "Betcha By Golly Wow" from Aaradhna's beautiful album "Sweet Soul Music" is here... You saw it here first!! The new video has been serviced to TV so make sure you txt in your votes to get this awesome new video moving up the charts. Sweet Soul Music vailable online and mobile now. Click here to find out where to buy it.



Feels Like Magic / Mareko Release Party Tour

11th May 2008

This week the tour hits Cruz Bar in Porirua on Friday the 16th & Scarfies Bar in Palmerston North on Saturday 17th.

All in one night there will be performances from Mareko & The Horsemen Family one huge night of mayhem for the lucky towns. The first show on the 3rd of May was packed at Club 220 in Manurewa so make sure you get out and support the boys in your town!

Click here or the picture for an enlarged version with confirmed dates & venues for Manurewa, Porirua, Palmerston North, Auckland City & Christchurch. Just added The Establishment in Petone!

Big shouts to Alize & Niu Fm for their support!






Don't know what to get for Mothers Day?

8th May 2008

How about some of this? Available at all good stores - iTunes, digiRAMA & Vodafone NOW! Sweet & Irie "Mama Don't Cry" online now - CD Single in stores soon!




Sweet & Irie - "Mama, Don't Cry" Video Exclusive

2nd May 2008

The debut video for Sweet & Irie is here... You saw it here first!! The new video has been serviced to TV so make sure you txt in your votes to get this awesome new video moving up the charts. Single available online and mobile Monday 5th May - CD single available soon.



Feels Like Magic / Mareko Release Party Tour

2nd May 2008

The boys will be hitting the road in May and June for a multi date tour of Aotearoa. All in one night there will be performances from Mareko & The Horsemen Family one huge night of mayhem for the lucky towns. You can't get anywhere in life without remembering where you started & where you came from so what better place to kick off the tour than Club 220 in Manurewa on Saturday 3rd of May.

There are still more dates to be confirmed for June. Click here or the picture for an enlarged version with confirmed dates & venues for Manurewa, Porirua, Palmerston North, Auckland City & Christchurch.

Big shouts to Alize & Niu Fm for their support!





Horsemen Family Presents Alize Mixtape Vol. 1

2nd May 2008

Head down to your local liquor store & pick up 2 bottles of Alize to receive the brand new mixtape by the Horsemen
Family
for FREE. This was made exclusively for Alize so you won't find it anywhere else. Featuring all new hot tracks by Mareko, Savage, Devolo, Axeman, Frum Tha Stablez, Kartel & more. Produced in stable by DJ Montana, Mareko & DJ Blaze! Go get yours from:

Auckland Region:
Royal Oak Liquor Centre - 794b Manukau Road, Royal Oak
Liquor Galaxy - Manukau Road, Epsom
Super Liquor Mt Richmond - 627 Mt Wellington Highway
Savill Liquor Centre - 1/1 Savill Road, Mangere
Bairds Road Discount Liquor - 127 Bairds Road, Otara
JJ’s Super Liquor Flat Bush - 130 Dawsons Road, Flat Bush -
Super Liquor Clendon - 459 Roscommon Road, Manurewa
Super Liquor Manurewa - 11 Weymouth Road, Manurewa
Rowandale Liquor - 117 Rowandale Ave, Manurewa
Scorpion Liquor - 1228 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill
Red Baron Liquor - 63 Lake Road, Devonport, North Shore
Pakuranga Wines & spirits - 109 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga

Rotorua
Bidois Liquor Barn - Bidois Road, Rotorua

Hawkes Bay Region:
Flaxmere Liquor - 23 Swansea Road, Flaxmere



Mareko - White Sunday 2 Album In Stores & Online NOW!

28th April 2008

The time has finally come... Mareko - White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark will be available in stores this NOW!

Go get your copy on now from The Warehouse, JB HiFi, your local record store online or on your mobile.

Click here to download at Vodafone
Click here to download at iTunes
Click here to download at digiRAMA

Don't forget to hit up your favourite radio & TV stations and get your votes and requests in for "Gotta Go". TXT s157 to 4440 to vote for Mareko on C4 Select Live.

Click here to watch the "Gotta Go" Video now!



"Write Your Rights" Song Competition

28th April 2008

In association with the Department of Labour and Niu FM...

The Department of Labour have offered a fantastic opportunity for ONE musically gifted person to write and sing/ rap their own song promoting key messages for young people knowing their rights in the workplace!!

The BEST entry will be selected and professionally recorded by Dawn Raid Entertainment! Valued at $20,000! The "Write Your Rights Competition" winner will receive an award at this years Pacific Music Awards 2008 on May 31st, along with actual CD copies of their song for distribution.

All you need to do is download the music sample supplied and put your award winning lyrics and your voice to it, and email it back to Niu FM.

For terms & conditions and to find out more about entering check out www.niufm.com For more info on the Department of Labour check out www.dol.govt.nz



Mareko - White Sunday 2 Album In Stores & Online Monday!

25th April 2008

The time has finally come... Mareko - White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark will be available in stores this Monday 28th of April.

Mareko has been working in the Dawn Raid studio full time since June last year and has been pivotal in the production, as well as heavily featuring on the Brotha D & Horsemen Family albums. Through this time he grown and matured which has helped in producing the soulful masterpiece that is White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark.

Unlike the OG classic White Sunday this album is a lot more homegrown. Mareko produced most of the album himself with the help of master keysman Heatchild and Nate D & Emile also lending their talented hands.

It just wouldn't be a Mareko project without the Deceptikonz - Devolo, Savage & Alphrisk all have a part to play as featured artists, as does Baby Down, Tek of RES, Cydel and talented newcomer Mike Jacobz (Seen in the "Gotta Go" video).

Go get your copy on Monday as soon as it drops! Also available online & mobile.




Savage - SWING Billboard Hot 100 Digital

25th April 2008

Further to Savage's storming success on iTunes in the U.S, "Swing" moves from #76 - #70* (with a bullet) on Billboards Top Digital Song Chart this week, scanning a further 17,000 downloads. "Swing" has also crept up the iTunes Hip Hop downloads chart from #15 - #14 this week. Shot for the news jack Kirk!

Click here to check out Savage's MySpace Page



Mareko Blog & Live At The Apollo - FREE Download

25th April 2008

Check out the Straight From The Horses Mouth blog for the latest goings on with Big Rex himself. He's been keeping it updated and often has news, views & exclusives well before we do. There is an exclusive track up for free download every couple of days. This week it's RES performing their new joint "Hush" & Mareko tearing apart an Ice Cube beat on the Late Night Hype on MaiFM. Props to Sirvere for the link!

You can also now download the whole Mareko - Live At The Apollo Mixtape for FREE!! It's Mareko's gift to the fans that have been waiting for nearly 5 years for his sophmore album to drop. He raps over some classic soul breaks and also throws in some album exclusives.

Click here for the Download & Blog




Vote for Mareko - Gotta Go

25th April 2008

Go get your vote on and support ya boy Big Rex. The first single and video from White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark "Gotta Go" Featuring Mike Jacobz is at radio now. Shout outs to all the stations that have been supporting! Big ups to Niu FM, Flava, Juice, C4 & Mai FM. You know what to do already text, email or keep it old school and call your favourite radio and TV stations and get your requests in for Mareko - "Gotta Go".

Click here to check out the video



Feels Like Magic / Mareko Release Party Tour

25th April 2008

The boys will be hitting the road in May and June for a multi date tour of Aotearoa. All in one night there will be performances from Mareko & The Horsemen Family one huge night of mayhem for the lucky towns. You can't get anywhere in life without remembering where you started & where you came from so what better place to kick off the tour than Club 220 in Manurewa on Saturday 3rd of May.

There are still more dates to be confirmed for June. Click here or the picture for an enlarged version with confirmed dates & venues for Manurewa, Porirua, Palmerston North, Auckland City & Christchurch.

Big shouts to Alize & Niu Fm for their support!



Horsemen Family Presents Alize Mixtape Vol. 1

25th April 2008

Head down to your local liquor store & pick up 2 bottles of Alize to receive the brand new mixtape by the Horsemen
Family
for FREE. This was made exclusively for Alize so you won't find it anywhere else. Featuring all new hot tracks by Mareko, Savage, Devolo, Axeman, Frum Tha Stablez, Kartel & more. Produced in stable by DJ Montana, Mareko & DJ Blaze! Go get yours!!



Sweet & Irie Video Shoot

19th April 2008

Sweet & Irie were in Wellington last weekend to film the video for their debut single "Mama, Don't Cry". Director Ivan Slavov has been working real hard for us filming the Mareko - "Gotta Go" video the week before and the Aaradhna - "Betcha By Golly Wow" video the days following. Big ups!

Click here to see the pics



Feels Like Magic / Mareko Release Party Tour

19th April 2008

The Horsemen Family & Mareko will be hitting the road in May for the Feels Like Magic/ Mareko - White Sunday 2 Release Party Tour. The first stop is Bar 220 in Manurewa the hometown of the Horsemen & Mareko on Saturday 3rd of May. Tickets will be available from the bar or you can just bring $10 on the night.

More details and dates announced next week. Big thanks to Alize & Niu FM for their support on this one!



Throwback Video - Dawn Raid - Behind The Scenes - Videos

19th April 2008

We have a new throwback video for you this week. If you missed out on the Dawn Raid Music Video Anthology: The First 10 Years DVD get out and get yourself a copy! Until then you can check out the behind the scenes at Dawn Raid music videos section for free. It features the Savage - Swing and Moonshine videos, Ill Semantics, Deceptikonz & More

Click here to check out the video



Savage in US Label Bidding War!

15th April 2008

NZ Hip Hop's #1 star Savage and Dawn Raid Music are in a 4 way bidding war for Savage in the US. The 4 labels bidding for his services following the success of "Swing" in the US are: TVT (Home to Lil Jon, Pitbull, Ying Yang Twins), Koch Records (Diplomats, TS, UNK, Ray J), Konvict/ Interscope (Akon, T-Pain) & Universal Republic (Home to Amy Winehouse, Jack Johnson, Damian Marley & Shop Boys)

In an amazing turn of events Dawn Raid Entertainment launched Savage's debut album "Moonshine" on iTunes in the US 4 weeks ago to appease fans who have been demanding his music ever since it appeared in #1 box office smash "Knocked Up". Since it's release 4 weeks ago "Swing" has sold over 50,000 units in the US and has climbed as high as #14 on the US top 100 hip hop songs.

Stay tuned for an announcement this week on where Savage & Dawn Raid will sign the deal.



Savage - SWING US Remix

15th April 2008

Hot on the heals of the announcment of which label Savage & Dawn Raid will call home in the US, the team at Dawn Raid have been quick to jump on the attention Savage is getting and have put together a US remix featuring a prominent US Hip Hop artist. All is confidential at this stage, so keep checking back to see who breaks out with Savage on the US Remix!!!





Mareko - "Gotta Go" Video Exclusive

15th April 2008

MC extraordinaire Mareko is back with his brand new single and Video "Gotta Go" shot on location in Manurewa & Ponsonby. The new video has been serviced to TV so make sure you txt in your votes to get this awesome new video moving up the charts.



Mareko - Photoshoot

15th April 2008

With Mareko's album White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark set to drop on Monday April 28th, here's a few sneak previews from his photo shoot for the album cover.

Click here for pics



Savage #15 iTunes US Top 100 Hip Hop!!!

10th April 2008

Savage has been holding fire on the itunes US downloads chart since we last updated you. For the best part of the week "Swing" was at #17 on the US iTunes Hip Hop chart and #56 on the US iTunes (all genres) download chart. "Swing" has jumped 2 spots on the hip hop chart to be now sitting at #15 beating out the likes of Nelly, Lil Wayne, Snoop, Kanye West & Timbaland.

Spread the word, tell everyone you know in the USA to make sure they go to iTunes and download SWING!

Click here to buy Swing on iTunes US





Mareko - First Single "Gotta Go" at Radio Now

10th April 2008

The first single from the brand new Mareko album - "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark" is at radio now. "Gotta Go" is the first single off the album and picks up where "Soul Food (Island Way)" off the Brotha D album left off celebrating the soulful island feeling that Big Rex has been bringing to his music of late and really sets the tone for the album.

The soulful unheard voice of newcomer Mike Jacobz also compliments the track perfectly. Mareko produced "Gotta Go", with the help of master keysman Heatchild and Brotha D.

Vote for "Gotta Go" at Radio NOW! The video will hit screens next week.. We'll keep you posted with youtube as well.






Sweet & Irie/ Aaradhna Filming Videos

10th April 2008

Aaradhna is back in Wellington from LA on a brief trip to visit family. While she is here she will be filming a video for "Betcha By Golly Wow" from her "Sweet Soul Music" album. We'll have the exclusive for you in a couple of weeks.

Sweet & Irie will also be filming a video for their debut single "Mama, Don't Cry". The song was recorded in Wellington a couple of weeks back and features the Mission Choir.

We gotta give a shout out to Ivan Slavov & his team for all their hard work. The "Feels Like Magic" director also filmed the Mareko "Gotta Go" video last Thursday/ Friday and has spent all week getting that ready for us. Today he is off to Welly to do both the Sweet & Irie and Aaradhna videos. We really appreciate the hard work. Click here to check out Ivan's youtube channel.





Think Twice #3 on RIANZ Chart

10th April 2008

Think Twice has stormed the RIANZ Chart this week jumping a huge 21 spots from #24 last week to #3 this week. This is great for awareness of the cause and also for Youthline who will benefit from the sales.

Click here to watch the Video on YouTube



Mareko - Live At The Apollo Mixtape

7th April 2008

We have just distributed stock of the hot new Mareko mixtape "Live At The Apollo" a prelude to his second solo album "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark". The new mixtape is mixed the one and only DJCXL & features Mareko freestyling over classic soul breaks plus exclusives from his new album. Check out the blog for exclusives & free downloads...

The mixtape is now available for FREE from Conch Records & Beat Merchants in Auckland. We will have stock distributed to the rest of the country by the weekend.

Mareko will also be hitting the streets distributing the CD throughout malls & shopping centres in Auckland throughout next week.



Savage #17 iTunes US Top 100 Hip Hop!!!

4th April 2008

Since we announced yesterday that Savage had cracked the iTunes USA Top 100 Hip-Hop at #77 things got even crazier... The downloads have been off the books - "Swing" has jumped 60 places in one day and is now sitting at #17 on the iTunes US Top 100 Hip Hop downloads!

Savage has also been getting crazy amounts of plays & views on his MySpace page... It just ticked over one million!

Spread the word, tell everyone you know in the USA to make sure they go to iTunes and download SWING!

Click here to buy Swing on iTunes US



Savage #77 iTunes US Top 100 Hip Hop

3rd April 2008

You already knew Savage was hot when he appeared on Scribe's "Not Many Remix" Then he dropped "Swing!" which sat at #1 in NZ for a few weeks... Then came "Moonshine" Feat. Akon - #1 for 7 weeks... Then the album... Gold and platinum plaques all over Australia & NZ...

Now thanks to Universal Publishing and the hugely popular and funny film "Knocked Up" which featured "Swing" the US is starting to take note. Savage's MySpace has been viewed nearly one million times in the past few months with nearly that amount of song plays on the page too.

Last week we announced that Moonshine the album including the hits "Swing", "Moonshine feat. Akon" & "They Don't Know feat. Aaradhna" was available on iTunes in the US. The downloads have been going crazy - "Swing" is sitting at #77 on the iTunes US Top 100 Hip Hop downloads and the numbers are picking up daily. If you or someone you know lives in the US make sure they get their iTunes download on!






Horsemen Family Chart #8

3rd April 2008

After seven weeks in the Top 40 chart Horsemen Family are continuing their assault on the Top 10 with "Feels Like Magic" Featuring Sweet & Irie at #8 on the RIANZ Chart this week. Big ups to all the fans and supporters, Horsemen Family & Sweet & Irie!!!

The next NZ track in the chart this week sits all the way back at #20. "Think Twice" is at #24 this week with only 5 kiwi songs in the top 40 NZ hiphop is looking strong again.

Meanwhile the video for "Feels Like Magic" is sitting at about 300, 000 views across the two official versions on YouTube.



Mareko - Live At The Apollo Mixtape

3rd April 2008

We have just received stock of the hot new Mareko mixtape "Live At The Apollo" a prelude to his second solo album "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark". The new mixtape is mixed the one and only DJCXL & features Mareko freestyling over classic soul breaks plus exclusives from his new album. Check out the blog for exclusives & free downloads... The mixtape will be available for FREE from Conch Records & Beat Merchants early next week. If it's there before the weekends we'll be sure to let you know. Mareko will also be hitting the streets distributing the CD throughout malls & shopping centres in Auckland throughout next week.





Mareko - White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark - In Stores April 28th

3rd April 2008

The follow up to the Mareko's classic debut solo "White Sunday" is almost upon us. "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark" is in stores and online April 28th. Big Rex gets mad soulful on his sophmore effort with the bulk of the production being handled by Mareko himself & the Heatchild on keys. Nate D & Emile also lend their able hands for a beat a piece. Featured artists include Devolo, Savage, Alphrisk, Tek of RES, Cydel, Baby Down, Mike Jacobz & more.

The first single "Gotta Go" will be at radio next week with the video (being shot today) on your screens in a couple of weeks. For more info keep checking back here and for up to the minute updates plus exclusive downloads, Straight From The Horse's Mouth check out Mareko's blog






Horsemen Family Hit Top 10

26th March 2008

After six weeks in the Top 40 chart Horsemen Family have finally cracked the Top 10 with "Feels Like Magic" Featuring Sweet & Irie at #10 on the RIANZ Chart this week. Big ups to all the fans and supporters, Horsemen Family & Sweet & Irie!!!

Meanwhile the video for "Feels Like Magic" is sitting at about 250, 000 views across the two official versions on YouTube.

The Aotearoa Allstars - Think Twice the Youthline charity song fronted by DJ Sir-vere came in at #13 this week on the RIANZ chart. Click here to check out the video.





Mareko - Mixtape Tracklist

26th March 2008

Click the image to see a bigger version and the tracklisting for Mareko's new mixtape "Live At The Apollo" the Mix CD will be available later this week, stay posted for locations of where you can get it... It's FREE by the way.

Click here to check out Mareko's Blog he might give you the scoop first






Sweet & Irie Recording Debut Single

26th March 2008

Hot on the heels of their breakthrough performance on Brotha D's "Take It Out South" and Horsemen Family's "Feels Like Magic", reggae band Sweet & Irie have been working hard on their debut single "Mama, Don't Cry".

Lead Vocalist Ed Ru and Brotha D flew to Wellington last week to record vocals for the single with The Mission Choir. The choir delivered some amazing vocals to this brand new hit from Sweet & Irie. "Mama, Don't Cry" is scheduled to go to air late April.
Click here for Photo’s of Wellington recording session





Savage, Aaradhna & Adeaze on iTunes

26th March 2008

Dawn Raid Fans in the United States can finally rejoice. Albums by Savage, Aaradhna & Adeaze are now available for legal purchased download on iTunes there after many months of waiting.

Click here for Savage - "Moonshine" /// Including the hits: "Swing!" "Moonshine" Feat Akon & "They Don't Know" Feat. Aaradhna

Click here for Aaradhna - "I Love You" & "Sweet Soul Music" /// Including the hits: "I Love You Too " "Down Time " & "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing " Feat. Adeaze

Click here for Adeaze - "Always & For Real" /// Including the hits: "A Life With You " "How Deep Is Your Love "& "Getting Stronger " Feat. Aaradhna

Go check em out now and NZ & Australian fans - tell all your friends & family over in the States!



Behind The Scenes - Think Twice

26th March 2008

You've heard the song, you've seen the video... Now check out these exclusive behind the scenes shots of the cream of NZ Hip Hop all in one place together. All for a good cause none the less.

Click here to check out the pics





Mareko - Live at the Apollo - Mixtape

19th March 2008

Mareko hits the streets next week with his brand new mixtape "Live At The Apollo" a prelude to his second solo album "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark". The new mixtape is mixed the one and only DJCXL & features Mareko freestyling over classic soul breaks plus exclusives from his new album. Check out the blog for exclusives & free downloads... The mixtape will be available for FREE from Conch Records & Beat Merchants in the next couple of weeks. Mareko will also be hitting the streets distributing the CD throughout malls & shopping centres in Auckland.





Mareko - Live at the Apollo - Mixtape

19th March 2008

Mareko hits the streets next week with his brand new mixtape "Live At The Apollo" a prelude to his second solo album "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark". The new mixtape is mixed the one and only DJCXL & features Mareko freestyling over classic soul breaks plus exclusives from his new album. Check out the blog for exclusives & free downloads... The mixtape will be available for FREE from Conch Records & Beat Merchants in the next couple of weeks. Mareko will also be hitting the streets distributing the CD throughout malls & shopping centres in Auckland.





Think Twice - Charts #12

19th March 2008

The charity song "Think Twice" by the Aotearoa All-Stars has debuted on the Top 40 chart this week at #12, thanks to all the fans for supporting this great track and to all the artists, film crew, production people and especially DJ Sirvere that had the vision to make this a success. It’s great to see a local song with a message breakthrough and find it’s audience and Youthline will gladly appreciate the support generated for them.





Horsemen & Aaradhna Hold Strong

19th March 2008

After slipping back a couple of spots on the local RIANZ singles chart in the past couple of weeks Horsemen Family are still holding on to their top 20 spot this week at #17 with "Feels Like Magic" Featuring Sweet & Irie. The video has had some major attention on YouTube with over 210,000 views of the two official versions in just over a month.

Meanwhile Aaradhna has jumped back up the album charts 3 spots this week to #30 with her soul classics album "Sweet Soul Music".

Both albums are available now from your local music retailer the usual online spots. Check out the discography for links.





Throwback Video - Dawn Raid Fashion Show

19th March 2008

For all you Dawn Raid fans heres a throwback video to the launch of Dawn Raid Apparel at Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2005.. If you like pretty girls in short skirts and muscley guys fresh dressed to a hiphop soundtrack then check this out.. Big ballin' style baby!!
Click here to check it out!





Think Twice - Video Exclusive

11th March 2008





Think Twice - In Stores NOW!

11th March 2008

Some of the biggest names in New Zealand hip hop have joined forces to encourage wise decision-making in young Kiwis. The result is the charity single "Think Twice" released in stores, online, and on mobile today.

Spearheaded by DJ Sir-Vere, AOTEAROA ALLSTARS includes Awa (Nesian Mystik), Che Fu, Scribe, P-Money, Savage, PNC, Mareko, Cyphanetik, Delani, Flowz and TEK.

DJ Sirvere & the Aotearoa All-stars message is a simple one: "Take the time to think twice. We aren't trying to tell people what to do. We aren't trying to tell people what not to do. We are telling youth to think twice about how their actions might affect themselves and the people around them."

All proceeds from sales of "Think Twice" will go to youth development organisation Youthline, go out and support this great single today and help our youth "Think Twice"



Mareko Enters the Blog World

11th March 2008

NZ's most prolific MC and Producer Mighty Mareko has entered the world of blogging with his new site "Straight From the Horse's Mouth", the new blogspot will feature exclusive content from his upcoming mixtape "Live at the Apollo" and his forthcoming album "White Sunday 2: The Book Of Mark" + personal stories and random ridiculousness from the founding member of Deceptikonz and the Horsemen Family.

Check out www.marekothehorse.blogspot.com for this week's blog entry.



Horsemen Family Dominate the Charts

11th March 2008

The Horsemen Family are on a roll with their debut single "Feels Like magic" Featuring Sweet & Irie climbing another 3 spots to #12 on the local RIANZ chart this week. This late summer smash is so hot it's crazy so keep up the support and let's see if we can get this into the top 10!!!



Horsemen Family Live at Bar Mode

11th March 2008

Horsemen Family had an official album release party in Palmerston North last week. Good to see all the local poly community come pack out Bar Mode and support the boys with the rest of the Palmy crowd.

Click here for Photos




Feels Like Magic - YouTube explosion

11th March 2008

We told you a couple of weeks back that Horsemen Family have got the internet going nuts with their debut video "Feels Like Magic" Feat. Sweet & Irie after amassing over 50,000 views on youtube in the first 3 weeks. Now after just over a month there have been over 160, 000 views and that number is growing daily!

Click here to watch the video

Click here for the Dawn Raid Music YouTube Channel



Aaradhna & Horsemen Climb the Charts

27th February 2008

Aaradhna & The Horsemen Family continue their assault on the local charts with both artist’s records climbing up two positions on the NZ Top 40 chart, to #15 for Horsemen Family feat. Sweet & Irie and #17 for Aaradhna “Sweet Soul Music”. Thanks again to the fans for supporting these to amazing records!!



Horsemen Family - Palmerston North Release Party

27th February 2008

The Horsemen Family - My Shout: The Album Palmerston North release party is on this Friday February 29th at Bar Mode.

Performances by Savage, Mareko, Deceptikonz, Frum Tha Stablez, Axeman, Lyric & a special performance by Brotha D & Sweet & Irie. DJ Montana & DJ Shady1 on the decks. All this is made possible by Soul Man Promotions, Alizè & Converse. Click here or on the flyer to the left for more info & where to get tickets.



New Mareko Album In April

27th February 2008

Hot off the press Mareko is putting the finishing touches on his second album, the follow up to the NZ classic “White Sunday”.

After putting in incredible work on the production & MC side of both Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family “Element of Surprise” & Horsemen Family “My Shout: The Album” including the Top 20 hit “Feels Like Magic” & “Soul Food” Mareko is ready to step back up as the countries #1 lyricist & Producer for 2008.

Stay tuned for details of Mareko’s blazing new mix tape hitting the streets early March in preparation for the new album.




Ill Semantics - New Video

27th February 2008

Ill Semantics have released their new animated video “Take It Slow” featuring Adeaze. The track has been blazing up the airwaves so it's great to finally see the video.

The video is a creative piece of animation put together by MC Patriarch of Ill Semantics and has been independently created and serviced to local TV, so make sure you support their label Illegal Muzik, log on and view the clip by clicking here.



Aaradhna Hits Top 20!

21st February 2008

Aaradhna stormed the local charts this week debuting at #19 with her groundbreaking new album "Sweet Soul Music". The new album from Aaradhna sold out in a number of record stores across Auckland & Wellington on Valentines day and is continuing to make a strong impact with fans.

Aaradhna called in from LA to say:
"I'm extremely proud of this album and I'd like to thank all the fans that went out and supported it."

Aaradhna is still busy working on music in LA and has a fast growing fan base both locally & internationally, over 1.2 million fans have listened to new songs on Aaradhna’s Myspace profile and it’s not slowing down. The album featuring #1 hits from the Motown & Stax labels is available in all good record stores now.



Horsemen Family Hits Top 20!

21st February 2008

Hot on the heels of Aaradhna, the Horsemen Family land their first top 20 hit on the singles chart with a #17 debut for “Feels like Magic” feat Sweet & Irie.

Horsemen Family secured the position from a huge surge in digital downloads since the video went to air and significant radio airplay.

Horsemen Family are going to acknowledge the fans help in their chart success by giving fans an exclusive remix video of the hit song “Feels Like Magic”. Stay tuned to get the official Remix video launch date in the next few weeks.



Superbad DVD In Stores

21st February 2008

Superbad the # 1 US Box office smash featuring music from Alphrisk, Mareko & Savage is in stores on DVD now!!

The Hollywood comedy from Judd Apatow ( The 40 year old virgin, Knocked Up) features "My Lady" by Mareko & "Capital S.A" by Alphrisk feat Savage.

This is the second time Dawn Raid artist's have been featured in one of Judd Apatow's films with Savage's "Swing" being used in "Knocked Up" earlier in the year.

Support local music & go and buy this great comedy for your personal DVD collection.




Horsemen Get 50,000 Views in 3 Weeks!

21st February 2008

Horsemen Family have got the internet going nuts with their debut video "Feels Like Magic" Feat. Sweet & Irie amassing over 50,000 views on youtube in the first 3 weeks. Last Month Dawn Raid Music launched our own YouTube Channel where fans can go to see exclusive music videos and behind the scene's footage from the label, plus links to our favorite artists and associates. We're going to update this constantly so subscribe to the page if you're a fan and get down with the team.

Click here to watch the video



Aaradhna album sold out!

18th February 2008

Thank you to all the fans that went and purchased Aaradhna's new album Sweet Soul Music on Valentine's Day.
We had an overwhelming response to the new album and a number of high profile music stores sold out in both Wellington & Auckland. For all the fans that missed out on copies we can assure you that more stock will be available from today so make sure you go back to your favourite store and get this great local album from the South Pacific's #1 Soul Diva Aaradhna.



Think Twice!

14th February 2008

Since P Money & DJ Sirvere have already dropped a few hints on their respective web blogs about the "Think Twice" charity song, we thought we better let all the Dawn Raid fans know that we are also apart of this groundbreaking new track from NZ’s finest urban artists, and it’s an important message and movement for the kidz of NZ. Stay tuned in over the next couple of weeks, as we reveal more details about who’s on the track and when it’s coming out……Trust us it’s going to be huge!!!



TXT to vote for Horsemen video on C4

14th February 2008

The refreshing new video from Horsemen Family "Feels Like Magic" Feat. Sweet & Irie has been added on to select live on C4, TXT S131 to 4440 to get it played and make sure we keep this video pumping over this extended summer heat… Click here to watch the video on youtube




Photos - Horsemen Family - My Shout: Album Release Party - Auckland

14th February 2008

Horsemen Family held their official album release party in conjunction with Flava on Friday 1st Feb. The Horsemen Family were out in force and performed to a packed house at the Rising Sun on Krd, the night was a huge success for the boys, with performances from Savage, Mareko, Deceptikonz, Axeman, Frum Tha Stablez and the entire Horsemen Family. The exclusive party featured an awesome live show, complete with dancing competitions and drinking games sponsored by ALIZE!!

Click here to see the photos



Aaradhna new album - In stores & online NOW!

14th February 2008

Share the love this Valentine’s Day with the sweet soul sound of Aaradhna's new soul classics album “Sweet Soul Music” It’s the ultimate Valentine’s gift – "Sweet Soul Music" by Aaradhna is available for just $22.99 at The Warehouse now, get your copy early. Click here for tracklist and to buy online.



Aaradhna new album - In stores & online February 11th

5th February 2008

It’s been along time in the making but it’s finally here... Share the love this Valentine’s Day with the sweet soul sound of Aaradhna, the first lady of Dawn Raid is back with a new soul classics album “Sweet Soul Music”. Featuring the number 1 soul hits “I Want You Back”, “Just My Imagination” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” with R&B duo Adeaze.

It’s the ultimate Valentine’s gift – "Sweet Soul Music" by Aaradhna is available for just $22.99 at The Warehouse from Monday 11th, get your copy early. Click here for tracklist



Horsemen Family video debut's on C4

5th February 2008

The brand new video from Horsemen Family “Feels like Magic” feat Sweet & Irie debut’s on TV this Thursday 7th Feb. Tune in to C4 from 8.30pm and catch the special features show to see the brand new video in all it’s Horsemen glory!!!




Horsemen Family - My Shout: Album Release Party - Auckland

5th February 2008

Horsemen Family held their official album release party in conjunction with Flava on Friday 1st Feb. The Horsemen Family were out in force and performed to a packed house at the Rising Sun on Krd, the night was a huge success for the boys, with performances from Savage, Mareko, Deceptikonz, Axeman, Frum Tha Stablez and the entire Horsemen Family. The exclusive party featured an awesome live show, complete with dancing competitions and drinking games sponsored by ALIZE!!

Photos will be up early next week.






EXCLUSIVE Horsemen Family - VIDEO:
"Feels Like Magic" Feat. Sweet & Irie

1st February 2008

Horsemen Family - My Shout: The Album - In stores & online NOW!



Horsemen Family - My Shout: The Album - In stores & online NOW!

31st January 2008

Go out (or stay home) and cop the new project from the Deceptikonz - Savage, Mareko, Alphrisk & Devolo with their extended crew the Horsemen Family. Head out to your local store or check out smokecds.com for the real deal on CD. If you want the digital mp3 version TXT "DRAID" to "LIVE" (5483) from your Vodafone mobile or head over to iTunes or Digirama for downloads & exclusives!

The video for "Feels Like Magic" looks awesome & premieres tonight on C4 on Special Features! We'll have the exclusive for you tomorrow... Stay tuned.



Horsemen Family Release Parties

31st January 2008

Horsemen Family will be having the Auckland release party for "My Shout: The Album" at Rising Sun this Friday 1st of February. It is an invite only affair and the only way you can get there is by listening to Flava

The next scheduled release party is in Palmerston North at Bar Mode on Friday February 29th. Performances by Savage, Mareko, Deceptikonz, Frum Tha Stablez, Axeman, Lyric & a special performance by Brotha D & Sweet & Irie. DJ Montana & DJ Shady1 on the decks. All this is made possible by Soul Man Promotions, Alizè & Converse. Click here or on the flyer to the left for more info & where to get tickets. Check back next week for photos from the Auckland event.



Horsemen - "Feels Like Magic" Video

25th January 2008

“Feels Like Magic” featuring Sweet & Irie is already blowing up local airwaves and is about to hit your TV screens. Over the weekend the Horsemen Family filmed the video to their debut single on location at the Fuemana Family residence and was a fun & enjoyable day for the extended family and friends. The video has a real summer vibe, with the kiwi BBQ and pig on the spit happening in the background and will debut on C4 next Thursday 31st on Special Features.

Click here for Photos from the day



New Aaradhna single at radio & Radz gets busy in LA

25th January 2008

Aaradhna’s new single “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” featuring Adeaze went to radio this week, so be sure to call up your favorite station and vote for the new track featuring the best voice’s in the pacific.

In other Aaradhna news, Radz has been busy recording and networking in LA, Vegas & Miami working with a number of high profile platinum producers like DJ Quik, Romeo & Rapheal Saadiq, Radz is holding it down for all the Polynesians over there so make sure you support our girl and visit her Myspace and check out what she’s doing, if you’re in LA get to one of her shows!!!



Exclusive Horsemen listening session one week only on Myspace!

21st January 2008

The debut album from the Deceptikonz extended crew Horsemen Family is in stores & online next Monday 28th January. We're giving you the chance to preview all the tracks now on MySpace.

Click here to check out the Horsemen Family MySpace page now



Summer In The City !!!

15th January 2008

Last Saturday 12th January from 11am - 3pm at Takapuna Beach Flava and Youthtown's 2008 Summer in the City Series kicked off with performances from Nesian Mystik, The Deceptikonz with the Horsemen Family and Brotha D with Sweet & Irie.

It was an awesome summer day at the beach... Click here for some pics

For more info on the upcoming events check out www.flava.co.nz



Happy New Year!!!

11th January 2008

Welcome back for the New Year, we’ve got lots of new developments and exciting projects being released in 2008 so stay posted for announcements real soon. To get things started we’ve got some news on what we got up to over the break and in the next two weeks we’re making some changes to the website and we’re entering the blog business with a links page to our favorite blog sites and some of the artists will be launching their own indispensable and informative blog sites.



Horsemen Hit The Streets With Free CD Samplers

11th January 2008

Horsemen Family and the Dawn Raid team hit the shopping malls and exclusive spots over Christmas and hand to hand delivered CD samplers of new music from Horsemen Family & Aaradhna, the idea was to give every retail worker putting in the hard hours over Christmas some music to listen to while they’re working away and of course to share with their peeps, we had a crazy response to the campaign and a lot of fun out there meeting with the people, thanks to all those shops that had our music jamming over the Christmas break!! Click here for photos




Horsemen Family Goes Digital

11th January 2008

In preparation of the album release on January 28th, The Horsemen Family have exclusive digital downloads of Horsemen Family tracks “Drink With Us”, Horsemen Family feat. Sweet & Irie “Feels Like Magic” & A.T.P feat Lyric “Free” available on itunes for Download now, go to itunes and get it today before anyone else!!!

Also from Monday 14th January you can TXT "DRAID" to LIVE (5483) from your Vodafone mobile for exclusive downloads and ringtones before the album drops on the 28th.


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