Chris Lam Sam is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable musical entertainers for young families.
He is well known as a member of the children’s group The Funky Monkeys, the band he and his friends began in 2003. Since they began The Funky Monkeys have performed more than 900 shows to 1.7 million people, produced seven albums, two DVD’s, won the inaugural APRA NZ Best Children’s Music Video Award in 2008, and co-produced the album that won Waikato Plunket the Prime Minister’s Award For Innovation in 2010.
Lam Sam completed a Bachelor of Music majoring in composition at the University of Waikato in 2002, then pursued a career in education by completing a Graduate Diploma in Primary Teaching at the Waikato School of Education in 2005. After a short period of teaching, he combined his skills to work as a full-time performer with The Funky Monkeys.
In early 2017, Lam Sam flew to London to release his first co-authored children’s book with kiwi illustrator, Angela Keoghan and their publisher, the TATE Museums. Their book Inspector Brunswick: Case Of The Missing Eyebrow went on to win the 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award alongside co-winners Dame Lynley Dodd, DNZM, and Dame Joy Cowley, ONZ.
Lam Sam has continued long associations with a number of productions for children. Since 2009 he has been Musical Director for the Kids For Kids school choir concerts throughout New Zealand, since 2012 he has performed the Sailor Asthma Show over 600 times for the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of NZ, and he has also performed regularly as the Animateur for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s education concerts since 2016.
Chris currently lives in Wellington with his wife and three sons, and continues to tour and perform original music for young families in his independent show, Mr. Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show.
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