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19th December 2007

Merry Christmas to all our loyal Dawn Raid fans both locally and internationally, as you know 2007 was a real tough year for the label with us having to close and then re-open earlier in the year, fortunately with constant support from our fans and some new business partners we're still here!!! Never ones to rest we got back up on our feet quickly and have enjoyed some huge successes this year with song placements in two multi- million dollar Hollywood blockbusters "Knocked Up" & "Superbad" and delivered one of the best albums of 2007 "Brotha D & Dawn Raid Family- Element of Surprise". It's no secret that 2008 is going to start with an even bigger bang with new albums set for release January 28th Horsemen Family "My Shout-The Album" and February 11th Aaradhna "Sweet Soul Music", and we also have a big surprise announcement for a new business deal we're starting in 2008 so make sure you check back in the New Year to see what's going down…..Have a safe & Happy Christmas from all the team at Dawn Raid!!!



Dawn Raid Christmas Party 2007

19th December 2007

Dawn Raid held our 6th annual Christmas party for business associates, friends and family on Wednesday 12th December at Asta bar & Lounge, the event was a carefree and entertaining night with performances by: Savage, Sweet & Irie, Beatrootz, Brotha D and Horsemen Family. Sponsored by our good friends at Alize it was a festive night out, enjoyed by all!! Click here for photos



Brotha D - 5 Star Review

19th December 2007

Brotha D’s new album "Element of Surprise" was blessed with a 5 star review in the Sunday Star Times December 9th topping new records from Anika Moa, Bleeders & Atlas. Qantas reviewer of the year Grant Smithies said “the album was a triumphant return with an all-star cast of local hip hoppers”. If you haven’t already gone and brought this record make sure you go and get it today Featuring the hits "Take it out South" feat Sweet & Irie and "Soul Food" by Mareko featuring Baby Down & Aaradhna.




Summer Samplers Hit the Streets!!

19th December 2007

As reported last week, two new summer samplers of music from Aaradhna & Horsemen Family hit the streets this week as an introduction to the artists exciting new albums due in the New Year. Be on the look out for the Dawn Raid boys in a mall near you giving out free copies to the fans over the next two weeks…



Aaradhna New Soul Album

6th December 2007

The South Pacific's # 1 Soul Diva is back with a brand new album "Sweet Soul Music". Sweet Soul Music is being released February 11th 2008 just in time for Valentines day. The New disc features Aaradhna's interpretation of # 1 Hits from the classic soul & R&B labels Motown, Stax & Atlantic records. The first single from the album "I Want You Back" an update on the Jackson 5 hit has been serviced to radio, so make sure you tune in and request Aaradhna's new song today!! Click here to listen to track



Christmas Music Sale

6th December 2007

Dawn Raid is having a huge music sale on some of our top selling CD's, DVD's and singles, the sale will be held on Saturday 15th & 22nd of December at Otara Markets (Inside the hall). Make sure you come down to get some great savings and presents for Christmas…... Click the flyer for more information.




Aaradhna & Horsemen Sampler

6th December 2007

Aaradhna & Horsemen Family have put together a limited edition Summer CD sampler of their new albums for 2008, the 2 CD samplers will be available for Free over Christmas to sample new music from their upcoming full length albums released on Janurary 28th & Februrary 11th. The artists themselves and the Dawn Raid Street team will be out in force at the shopping malls over Christmas so be on the look out for these exclusive CD's!!!



Dawn Raid Christmas Party 2007

6th December 2007

Dawn Raid are holding our 6th annual Xmas party on Wednesday 12th in Auckland City: Check in next week for exclusive VIP photo’s from the event.



101 Incredible Kiwi's

28th November 2007

Brotha D & YDNA have been honoured as two of the 101 most incredible Kiwi's in a new book released last week by author Tony Williams. The new book showcases 101 Incredible Kiwis from all walks of life that are making an impact on New Zealand through their individual success stories. It’s the perfect gift for Christmas so get into a book store today and go get a copy.



Knocked up DVD Instores

28th November 2007

The # 1 box office smash Knocked Up featuring Savages “Swing” is in stores throughout New Zealand. As well as featuring Savage’s song in the film itself, The DVD edition also features “Swing” as the back ground music in the Menu section. Support local Music making an impact in Hollywood and pick up this DVD for your home collection.



New Artist signings

28th November 2007

Dawn Raid has signed a number of exciting new groups to the label over the last month including Reggae band Sweet & Irie and Wellington based collective Beatrootz. Dawn Raid has also enhanced our in-house production team with the addition of new producer “Heatchild”, working exclusively with Mareko and Brotha D, Heatchild has signed a production & Publishing deal with Dawn Raid that will see him placed among the top new producer’s from NZ. Click here for photos



Aaradhna Soul Album

28th November 2007

Check in next week for our official announcement on the new Aaradhna album “Sweet Soul Music” set for release in 2008. The new album from Aaradhna features all new music from the # 1 Soul Singer and will be her first release since her top 10 debut “I Love you” in 2006.



Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***

28th November 2007

Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***New exclusive track from the "Horsemen Family" album "My Shout" scheduled for release in January. This weeks free track is "Hush Mode" by the Alphrisk

Click here to download & listen



Savage Rocks Sydney Opera House!!!

21st November 2007

Savage will perform at the Sydney Opera house this Sunday as part of the finale of the 2007 Australian Idol with pop sensation “Young Diva’s”. The Young Divas single 'Turn Me Loose' features acclaimed New Zealand rapper Savage and hit stores this week!

On Sunday night, fans will be holding onto their seats with anticipation when Young Divas alongisde Savage take to the Sydney Opera House stage for an encore performane of the anthematic and already club favorite 'Turn Me Loose' on the 2007 Australian Idol Showdown Finale.

This is a "do-not-miss" event as the reinvented Young Divas will be lauching the release of their new album NEW ATTITUDE on the same day! Audience and critics alike agree these girls are a force to be reckoned with...get ready to sit back and watch the Young Divas 'make it pop' through another vocal extravaganza!



"DRINK WITH US" Released to Radio!

21st November 2007

Horsemen Family’s debut single "Drink with Us" was serviced to radio last week, make sure you tune in to your favorite stations and vote for the summer club banger now!! Click here to listen to & download "Drink with Us"

Check below for Horsemen Family upcoming gigs.



Horsemen, Brotha D, Sweet & Irie, DKONZ - Live shows

21st November 2007

The Horsemen Family will be performing LIVE in Hamilton on the 30th of November at Charmers Bar. Performances by Horsemen Family, Brotha D, Sweet & Irie, Mareko, Savage & Deceptikonz. Click here for more info

2nd Level in association with Niu FM present Reggae Nights. Saturday 8th of December at 2nd Level in Glen Eden, West Auckland. LIVE performance by hot new reggae band Sweet & Irie with Horsemen Family. DJ BBQ, DJ Shady 1 & DJ Montana will be spinning irie jams all night long. Click here for more info



Horsemen Album now January 2008

9th November 2007

The Horsemen Family album set for release in November is now going to be released January 2008, the new release date is designed to allow the Horsemen Family to release their first single in November, and concentrate on touring over the summer period. We’ll keep you posted for exact date in the upcoming weeks.

Check out the news items further down - Horsemen Family will be performing in Auckland, Tauranga & Hamilton in the next few weeks.



Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***

9th November 2007

Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***New exclusive track from the "Horsemen Family" album "My Shout" scheduled for release in January. This weeks free track is "Drink With Us " by the Horsemen Family

Click here to download & listen



Brotha D - Tauranga Release Party

9th November 2007

The Tauranga Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family official album release party will be at Colosseum next Friday the 16th of November.

Live performances by Brotha D, Savage, Mareko, Sweet & Irie, Horsemen Family & DJ Manchoo.

Click here for more info



Horsemen Family - Live in H-Town

9th November 2007

The Horsemen Family will be performing LIVE in Hamilton on the 30th of November at Charmers Bar. Performances by Horsemen Family, Brotha D, Sweet & Irie, Mareko, Savage & Deceptikonz.

Click here for more info



Reggae Nights @ 2nd Level

9th November 2007

2nd Level in association with Niu FM present Reggae Nights. Saturday 8th of December at 2nd Level in Glen Eden, West Auckland. LIVE performance by hot new reggae band Sweet & Irie with Horsemen Family. DJ BBQ, DJ Shady 1 & DJ Montana will be spinning irie jams all night long.

Click here for more info




Dawn Raid at the NZ music awards 2007!

2nd November 2007

The NZ music awards were held on October 18th at Aotea square, with Deceptikonz nominated for best Hip Hop album, the Dawn Raid crew turned out in force to support the Deceptikonz and blitzed the red carpet entrance with over 150 album giveaways of the new Brotha D album "Element of Surprise", as expected the event was packed full of local celebrities, check out the photo’s to see what went down on the night.

Click here to see photos


Horsemen Family finish debut Album

2nd November 2007

Horsemen Family have completed their debut record “My Shout: The Album and are set for a November 26th release via Dawn Raid/ Universal. The new album features appearances by the Savage, Frum Tha Stablez, Deceptikonz, Axeman, John Matrix & MZRE with Production from Mareko, DJ Montana & DJ Shady 1. The first single from the album "Feels Like Magic" feat Sweet & Irie will be serviced to radio next week.

Exclusive downloads from the new album will be available every Wednesday from Novemeber 7th until the week of release!



Aaradhna lands "Faith" in UK movie!

2nd November 2007

Aaradhna’s soulful ballad “Faith” has been secured in UK movie "It's A Free World" directed by Ken Loach, the movie was selected for "Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival" in September this year and is receiving rave review overseas.

Synopsis for the movie attached for you Aaradhna fans: "Angie may not have much formal education but she’s got energy, wit and ambition, and she’s in her prime. Not for the first time she’s out of a job. She has a point to prove. Angie and her flatmate Rose decide they can be their own boss. They set up a recruitment agency for immigrant workers, which operates in a twilight world where labour is cheap and laws are made to be ignored. Maybe they represent these times: the chance to make as much money as possible, regardless of the consequences, is tempting. But at what cost?" For more info: www.sixteenfilms.co.uk



Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***

2nd November 2007

Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***New exclusive track from the Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family album in stores now. This weeks free track is "Roll Call" by the Dawn Raid Family

Click here to download & listen



Exclusive new Brotha D video "Take It Out south" Feat Sweet & Irie

17th October 2007

Check out the new video for the summer reggae anthem "Take It Out South" performed by Brotha D and featuring Sweet & Irie, the video was directed by James Barr and hits TV screens this week.

Click here to watch the video



Brotha D North Island Tour goes off!!!

17th October 2007

The Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family north island tour was a huge success starting in Auckland on Thursday 11th October and stopping for shows in Hamilton & Wellington, the tour featured Brotha D, Savage, Mareko, Beatrootz & Sweet & Irie + local support. Brotha D would like to give a big thank yolu to all the fans that came out to support & look forward to seeing you again over the summer.

Click here for Auckland, Hamilton & Wellington photos



Brotha D album instores & online now!!!

17th October 2007

Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family "Element of Suprise" was released nationally October 8th, make sure you get your copy today and also for ringtones & downloads you can free txt 'DRAID' to 'LIVE' (5483) from your Vodafone mobile.

The album features all new music from Brotha D, Savage, Mareko, Alphrisk, Devolo & Aaradhna plus features Ganxsta Ridd, Monstah Ganjah, Sweet & Irie, Baby Down, Beat Kamp & MZRE



Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***

17th October 2007

Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD*** from the forthcoming "Horsemen Family" album "My Shout" scheduled for release November. This weeks free track is "Pillow Talk" by MZRE featuring Adeez Track Prezident, Devolo & Lyric.

Click here to download & listen



Exclusive Photos from Brotha D Video Shoot

21st September 2007

Brotha D and new reggae band Sweet & Irie filmed the video to "Take It Out South" during the week. "Take It Out South" is the lead single from the new album "Element Of Surprise" and is already making an impact on urban radio. Stay posted for mobile text codes next week for early downloads. The video will be hitting screens soon but you know you can catch the exclusive right here!

Click here to check out the shots



Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD***

21st September 2007

Exclusive ***FREE DOWNLOAD*** from the forthcoming "Horsemen Family" album scheduled for release December. This weeks free track is My Music by Devolo.

Click here to download & listen



Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family on tour in October

21st September 2007

Tour dates & venues will be announced next week for Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family. To coincide with the October 8th release there will be a national tour. Stay posted for the latest on this & for more info & ticket details...



Dawn Raid lands 2 songs in Hollywood blockbuster "Superbad"

12th September 2007

We are pleased to announce that 2 songs from the Dawn Raid music catalogue, “My Lady” by Mareko and “Capitial S.A” by Alphrisk feat uring Savage have been successfully placed in the US # 1 Box office Hit “Superbad”. The latest hit comedy from Judd Apatow and writer Seth Rogen, (Knocked Up & The 40 Year Old Virgin) and is a coming of age cautionary tale about two socially inept teenage boys about to graduate high school. “Superbad” debuted at # 1 on the US chart earning $33m in its opening weekend. In cinemas here from Thursday!

Download the official Press Release by clicking here.

Check out the Superbad website by clicking here.



Exclusive ***FREE*** Music Download

12th September 2007

Brotha D and The Dawn Raid Family - Element of Surprise free download exclusives keep coming. So far we have had 2 tracks next week we will have another! With the album scheduled for an October 9th release the first single Brotha D Featuring Sweet & Irie "Take It Out South" is at Radio now so request that! The video is being filmed next week so keep an eye out for that!

****FREE NEW TRACK**** from the Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family album: "Swagger Back " from Alphrisk. Click here to listen to the track & download it!



Behind the scenes at the Brotha D photo shoot

12th September 2007

The Brotha D and The Dawn Raid Family - Element of Surprise photo shoot took place at the Samoan Fale in Auckland City last month. Photographer Raymond "Rimoni" Sagapolutele did an awesome job & the shots came out looking great. Of course the best ones have been used for the album art & press shots but we have uploaded a bunch of behind the scenes pics for you.

Click here to check out the shots




Savage, Mareko & Deceptikonz sign multi level artist & label deal with Dawn Raid Music

6th September 2007

Dawn Raid is pleased to announce the signing of all new recording deals with Platinum artists Savage, Mareko & Deceptikonz. As well as signing solo & new group deals, the Deceptikonz have established their own record label Horsemen Records that will be exclusively distributed & marketed in New Zealand & Australia by Dawn Raid/ Universal.“Horsemen Records is a label we can utilize to break new artists from our camp, including solo albums from the Deceptikonz and new artists like, Axeman, DJ Montana, Frum Tha Stablez, MZRE, DJ Shady 1 that are part of our extended fam”, says Mareko.

Collectively the Deceptikonz, Savage , Mareko, Alphrisk & Devolo have sold over 150,000 records with 5 Gold & 3 platinum certifications between them including a gold plaque for “Moonshine” in Australia.

Look forward to an exclusive new Horsemen Family track dropping next Wednesday right here on dawnraid.co.nz




Brotha D exclusive album listening sessions

6th September 2007

During the month of September Dawn Raid has been holding exclusive listening sessions of the new "Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family" album "Element of Surprise" with key record labels & radio stations. Universal Records and Flava were the first two teams to stop by the studio and hear the new album, and everybody is excited about the new material, the first single "Take It Out South" by Brotha D featuring Sweet & Irie will be released to radio stations nationally next week, so keep your ears open and request the new song when it comes out.



Exclusive new ***FREE*** track:

6th September 2007

New exclusive track from the Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family album "Moonshine" West Coast remix Savage feat Akon, Ganxsta Ridd (Boo Yaa Tribe) & Monsta Ganjah (The Regime).Shout out to our West Coast Family Ganxsta Ridd , God Father & Boo Yaa Tribe.

Click here to check out the track & download it!



Marc Ellis-New TV show

6th September 2007

Marc Ellis and Rick Salizzo of Sports Café fame are busy filming a news TV series, one of the profiles on the show is about Hip Hop culture and Marc and the boys stopped past Dawn Raid last week to get the scoop on what’s happening with the label. Keep an eye out for the TV show premiering in the near future.

Click here to check out the photos



Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family Album!!

29th August 2007

Brotha D and The Dawn Raid Family - Element of Surprise is the first new album out from Dawn Raid in 2007. Scheduled for an October 9th release the new compilation album is the first in a limited edition series running under the new distribution model "Villijah Nation". The set includes new music from: Brotha D, Savage, Ganxsta Ridd (Boo Yaa Tribe), Mareko, Baby Down (Brownzville), Deceptikonz, Monsta Ganjah, Aaradhna, Alphrisk, Akon, Sweet & Irie, Devolo & MZRE.

****FREE NEW TRACK**** from the Brotha D & The Dawn Raid Family album: "So Dangerous" from Mareko. Click here to listen to the track & download it!



Dawn Raid sign with Universal

29th August 2007

Dawn Raid has re-signed a new exclusive multi platform distribution deal with Universal New Zealand, the new distribution agreement covers the entire Dawn Raid back catalogue and enables Dawn Raid to distribute other local labels both in psychical & digital format.




Urban Music Awards

29th August 2007

Dawn Raid Entertainment boys flew over to Australia for the 2nd annual UMA awards in Syndey August 14th. The awards were attended by all the best New Zealand & Australian Hip Hop & RnB stars, it was a massive night for NZ Hip Hop with DJ Sirvere & Tyree both taking home awards + an all star NZ Hip Hop performance from PNC and crew for the "Who Betta Than This?-Remix".

Click here to check out the photos



DJ Peter Gunz - REPREZENT

29th August 2007

DJ Peter Gunz is releaseing a new mixtape of all New Zealand Hip hop in Austrlia through local label Central Station/ Grindin. The album titled REPREZENT features classic and new material from the best of NZ's Urban artists including Deceptikonz, Scribe, P-Money, 4 Corners, Ill Semantics, PNC, Feelstyle, Mr. Sicc, Louie Knuxx, Cyphanetik, Young Sid & more



RSS Feeds & Exclusive content

29th August 2007

From today onwards we will regularly be updating our website with new audio to listen to & even some free music for you to download! We are in the process of having our entire collection of music videos & a whole lot more exclusive footage made available on YouTube. As we do this we will let you know in our news page. You can also add our news page to your RSS Feeds from today so you know whats going on as it happens. To learn more about RSS Feeds click here

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Ill Semantics - Fiasco Featuring Devolo

19th July 2007

The slick new video for the hot new Ill Semantics track Fiasco featuring Devolo of the Deceptikonz has just been cut & is looking very nice. It was filmed last month at a few different locations in Auckland. Slick day shots & nice cars in Pt. England then to Sapphire Bar in Highland Park for the night shots. Lots of live footage from 'SHAKE' & a whole bunch of cameos. We will have the exclusive web version up early next week so keep checking back. The clip premiered on Tuesday so keep an eye out & request that! Click here to check it now!



Savage & Mareko on the Xzibit Full Circle Tour, Australia

19th July 2007

Savage & Mareko have just returned from Australia where they were on the Full Circle Tour with Xzibit. From all accounts they tore the stage down in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne & Perth & were a perfect opening act for X to tha Z... Click here for pics


Back2Basics the ultimate urban collaboration hits the streets!

13th July 2007

Dawn Raid features in the latest Back2Basics with an awesome little story/ review of the DR catalogue by the one & only Kerry Buchanan... But that's not all the mag has just had some major changes...

DJ Sir-Vere, Back2Basics, Askew & hiphopnz come together as part of the new Back2Basics magazine, all new web & mobile sites.The winter issue of Back2Basics sees the magazine moving to a quarterly format and expanding in many ways.  The magazine has also had a creative change, with well respected designer and artist Askew joining the team, giving it a new, slicker look.

To coincide with the magazine changes, they have also relaunched the website, back2basics.co.nz. The relaunched website is THE destination for all things urban in Aotearoa. It will carry daily news updates, as well as coverage of movies, DVDs, kicks, fashion, art, videos and new music, as well as an exclusive DJ Sir-Vere blog and music content not available elsewhere. Back2Basics.co.nz also partners with the former hiphopnz forum, bringing huge traffic to the new website.

Check them out at www.back2basics.co.nz - Mag in stores now!


Dawn Raid 'Back In Business!' In depth article in the latest Metro magazine

5th July 2007

That's right people welcome to the brand new website... We are back in business!!! There is a great in depth article on what happened in the last year & how we resolved it in the latest issue of Metro, in all stores now. There was a & still may be a lot of rumours going around about the whole situation but this article tells all. It is also accompanied by some awesome photos of the crew taken at the 2007 Pacific Music Awards at the Telstra Clear Events Centre in Manukau last month.


Savage 'SWING' Lands in Hollywood comedy 'Knocked Up'

5th July 2007

If you’re a movie fan then go and see “Knocked Up” (Coming soon to NZ screens) from Judd Apatow, Director of cult classic “The 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN”. The blockbuster comedy has been a huge success in the US and features Savages #1 single “SWING” in a pivotal moment in the movies storyline. If you support Savage then make sure you go out and support this movie when it hits our shores!!

To find out out more information about the film & watch the trailer check out knockedupmovie.com


Savage & Mareko on Full Circle tour in Australia with Xzibit

5th July 2007

Savage & Mareko have just come back from the Xzibit 'Full Circle' tour in Australia. They supported X to tha Z for his shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne & Adelaide. We will have some pics up in our photos section in the next week or so.

 

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