Tipene Harmer, Hailing from Te Matau a Maui-Hawke’s Bay, is considered one of Aotearoa’s leading bilingual Hip-Hop artists with an uplifting message deeply rooted in Te Ao Māori(Māori Worldview).
In just over a decade-long career, Tipene has quietly amassed over 13 million streams across 3 studio albums, is a two-time APRA Silver Scroll top 5 Finalist, had multiple NZ charting singles, and over 100,000 online followers.
Tipene is most known his debut track “West Side Hori” an autobiography of Tipene which earned him his first APRA Silver Scroll finalist nomination and the Remix featuring Sid Diamond and Sir T at 9 million streams across Youtube and Spotify.
His latest project “We No Muck Around” released through LOOP in Dec 2022, has so far generated 350k online streams and 3 music videos shot by award winning Videographer Shae Stirling. Tipene toured with L.A.B on this year's Summer Tour in Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay and Whangarei playing to around 40k people in attendance.
In 2019, Tipene became an ambassador for Māori Music, won the award for “Best Maori Urban Artist” and has been a finalist for multiple Waiata Māori Music Awards including consecutive nominations for Best Solo Māori Male, Best Music Video by a Māori Artist, Best Song by a Māori artist and Best Māori Songwriter and Best Hip Hop Album
Joe Walsh(The Eagles)
The Wailers(Bob Marley)
Bone Thugs N Harmony
NZ Artists Support
2 x National Album Tours
L.A.B . Katchafire . The Black Seeds . Summer Thieves
Scribe . Sammy J . Stan Walker . Che Fu . DLT
Troy Kingi . Accacia, Bailey Wiley
SPLORE, RaggaMuffin Road Show, Exodus
East Coast Vibes
Waitangi Day Celebrations
World Indigenous Tattoo Festival
Waiata Māori Music Awards
Che Fu . Scribe . Maisey Rika . Troy Kingi . Mareko
Tipene has been a youth mentor for 17 years working in hard to reach communities, Kura Kaupapa, Secondary schools, youth justice and adult learners largely through his various teaching roles and mentor work with NZ Music Commission. Tipene strengths are making connections through matauranga Māori, song-writing, music composition and utilising self expression as an educational tool especially through hip-hop culture.
Following the success of ‘West Side Hori‘ in 2011 Tipene was approached by a group of rangatahi in Flaxmere asking him if he could teach them how to write their own raps, this eventually grew into FlaxMusic Academy. This group consisted of 20 young people and their wider whanau. The group created an album, filmed a music video and performed at the Māori Music Awards in Hastings.
Tipene has worked in various mentoring and teaching roles like CAYAD, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, High schools, Drug and alcohol education and in the Youth Justice.
Tipene graduated with a BA Adult education 2020 where he developed a ‘Poutama’ a cultural journey delivered through music. Poutama Music involves self expression, self determination while developing self confidence and cultural connection.
Tipene is currently facilitating Poutama Music in Whitianga through his Whānau Resilience role at Whitianga Social Services. Read..
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Waiata Māori Music Awards FINALIST: 2019,2021, 2023
Best Māori Male Solo Artist x3,
Best Video by Māori Artist
Best Māori Songwriter x2
Best Song by a Māori Artist
Sync Web series 'Kura' TV On Demand 'West Side Hori'
8 Self Directed Music Videos (5.2M)
Tipene has notable collaborations with Chē Fu, Troy Kingi, Scribe, Maisey Rika, DLT, DAM Native, Sid Diamond, Mareko, Pieter T and more. Top NZ producers P-Money, Chong Nee(Dei Hamo, PT), SickDrumz(Rhianna, Lil Wayne), 10A(Kings, Scribe, King Kapisi) and Juse(SmashProof, TY, Sid Diamond).