CHE FU | AUSTRALIAN TOUR | BRISBANE
The Back Room, Brisbane
18 August 2018 (20:00)
Che Fu was born Che Ness in Auckland. His mother, Miriama Rauhihi-Ness is of Maori descent and his father Tigilau Ness is Niuean. Fu’s parents are well-known political activists, notably as members of the Polynesian-rights group, the Polynesian Panthers, and founding members of Rastafarian movement 12 Tribes of Israel. Tigilau is a musician and part of the band Unity Pacific as well as his son’s band, The Krates. The Ness family are Rastafarians.
Supergroove (1994 – 1996)
While a student at Western Springs College, Fu and a group of friends formed the Low Down Dirty Blues Band, who later became Supergroove. Supergroove released their debut album Tractionin 1994. The album went triple platinum in New Zealand and won five Tuis. Before finishing their second album, Backspacer, Fu left Supergroove to pursue a solo career.
Solo career (1996 – 1997)
Fu was invited to record a single with well-known New Zealand DJ DLT. The song “Chains” protested French nuclear testing in the Pacific and was released in July 1996, within weeks of Fu leaving Supergroove. “Chains” was a Number One hit on the New Zealand Singles Charts and won three Tuis, namely Single of the year, Best male vocalist, and Best songwriter.This marked the beginning of Fu’s solo career and brought prominence to Hip Hop in New Zealand.
2b S.Pacific (1998 – 2000)
In 1998 Fu released his debut album 2b S.Pacific. The album went double platinum and spawned four top-ten hits, which was unheard-of for a local hip hop artist at the time. The following year, he received the Single of the year award for Scene III. Fu subsequently formed a band named The Krates for studio work and live performances. Paul Russell, previous drummer for Supergroove, is part of The Krates line-up.
Navigator (2001 – 2003)
Fu released his follow-up album Navigator in 2001, debuting at number one and generating triple platinum sales. At the 2002 New Zealand Music Awards, Fu took home five tuis: Single of the year for “Fade Away”, Album of the year, Top male vocalist, Best R&B / Hip hop album, and Best music video. That same year, Fu received the APRA Silver Scroll for his single “Misty Frequencies”.He went on to win Best male vocalist in 2003 for “Misty Frequencies”.
Beneath the Radar and Hi-Score: The Best of Che Fu (2005 – 2007)
Fu’s next album Beneath the Radar was released in 2005, led out by singles “2D” and “Lightwork”. However, the record was not as successful as previous works. The following year Fu released Hi-Score – The Best of Che Fu, a compilation of hit singles from his previous three albums including “Fade Away”, “Waka” and “Without a Doubt”, as well as four new singles.
Fu teamed up with the Glass Packaging Forum to promote glass recycling with youth. The Forum hosted a competition for 9 to 15 year olds to write rap lyrics encouraging recycling. The winners recorded their lyrics with Fu in a single called “Do the krusher”.
Hedlok (2010 – 2013)
Che Fu & The Krates continued to tour New Zealand and Australia. As well, Fu performs alongside another hip hop legend, Samoan rapper King Kapisi as one-half of the group Hedlok.
Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
Fu’s contribution to New Zealand music was recognised when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Pacific Music Awards.
This is an 18+ event.