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Loopy Tunes Preschool Music making Māori and Pacific songs for kids

Siu Williams-Lemi and Leah Williams-Partington are not your average musicians. These Māori-Tongan sisters are slowly building a young fanbase from their catchy and melodious content.

They go by Loopy Tunes Preschool Music, a duo who create fun, crafty and educational tunes for kids.

Releasing music since 2019, Loopy Tunes found their way to children’s music through community outreach music sessions with preschoolers and their caregivers. It’s a programme they’ve been running for 11 years.

Many of their songs incorporate arts and crafts and learning Māori and Pasifika languages. At the start of the year, the Christchurch-based duo teamed up with Plunket’s Pasifika Beatz team to create an ambitious project — 10 albums in 10 different Pacific languages.

Speaking to NZ Musician, the sisters say the intention of the albums were “to create some waiata for young tamariki and their families to hear and learn in their own reo/language”.

“To give them a sense of identity and excitement in their ability to learn even super basic words in their culture and to spark a desire to continue this learning!”

With many projects set for release later this year, the sisters can also look forward to the Pacific Music Awards, where they were nominated for Best Pacific Language Song for their song, Umukisia.

Head to the Loopy Tunes website to discover more of their preschool music and content.

 

 

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