Kiwi Kids Music Members
Claudia Robin Gunn
Claudia Robin Gunn makes sweet smart songs for families that celebrate the magic in every extraordinary day of childhood. Perfect for little learners all around the world, her original music and videos are made with heart, humour, and heaps of fun.
To publish her music for families, Claudia founded the indie label Little Wild Music. She loves collaborating with fellow songwriters in New Zealand and making new songs with friends from the wider kindie community internationally.
As well as an APRA AMCOS NZ member with two APRA Best Children's Song awards to her name, she is also a member of New Zealand industry organisations Music Managers Forum NZ, Independent Music NZ, & Kiwi Kids Music NZ and internationally of the Children's Music Network and a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Songwriters Wing).
Find out more at www.claudiarobingunn.com
Follow on Insta @claudiarobingunn
Listen on Spotify https://spoti.fi/3SV3N3h
Levity (Levity) Beet
Levity Beet, two times Tui NZ Children's Music Artist of the year, three times APRA NZ Best Children's Song winner is a dynamic children's musician renowned for his infectious melodies and innovative approach to music education. With a career spanning over two decades, Levity has enchanted audiences worldwide with his energetic performances and whimsical lyrics. Combining elements of pop, folk, rock, and world music, he creates a unique sound that resonates with both children and adults alike. Levity is also a passionate advocate for music in early childhood development, regularly conducting workshops and classes to inspire young minds. His dedication to spreading joy and creativity through music has earned him acclaim as a beloved figure in the children's entertainment industry.
Captain Festus McBoyle - Rich Manic and Pea-Knuckle Productions Ltd
Rich Manic is a NZ Singer/Songwriter with over 35 years experience in the Music Industry. Originating from the depths of 90s Rock n Roll, he now channels Cheeky Vaudevillian Punk Rock Pirate - Captain Festus McBoyle.
Carving his very own unique path in Family Entertainment, he continues to bring Music and Mischief to the world with the help of his Band of Merry Misfits and of course his Magical Doxy - Miss Lucy Drawers (Larissa Lofley).
With their characters officially 'Married' by the Wizard of New Zealand, this eccentric pair (Manic/Lofley) skilfully run Pea-Knuckle Productions which is in essence a full in-house Video Production/Event Coordination Company.
Chris Knox once said of them "They are the Punk Rockers of the Kids World"
Manics Mum - "He thinks he's Peter Pan and needs to grow up"
The Official Cage Rattlers and Bringers of Joy - Providing More Grit and Less Sugar for Families!
Captain Festus McBoyle's Travellin' Variety Show - Festival and Theatre Stage Shows, Interactive Roving Entertainment and Pop Up Performance, Historical Storytelling Experiences, Vaudevillian Family Games and Multiple Workshop Options.
Twice Tui Noinated, 6 successful NZ on Air grants, Multiple Industry Award Wins and Nominations Globally - Check out the Official Website on www.captainfestus.com
Pea-Knuckle Productions - Award Winning Video Production, Writing, Directing, Event Coordination, Costume/Set Design and so much more.
fleaBITE is the latest innovative and entertaining children's venture from Robin Nathan, the producer of FATCAT & FISHFACE. Bold and irreverent, fleaBITE’s cheeky style and high production values provide a unique voice in the world of New Zealand children’s music.
WINNER of Best NZ Children’s Artist - SNAKES ALIVE album
Finalist International Songwriters’ Competition - CHIHUAHUA
Finalist Best NZ Children’s Song - CHIHUAHUA
Finalist NZ Radio Awards, Children’s Programme EVERYBODY WANTS TO JOIN THE FLEABITE BAND
Finalists NZ Children’s Video of the Year Probably Papakura
Finalists NZ Children’s Video of the Year Liver Lover
WINNER NZ Children’s Video of the Year Don’t Sit Under the Poo Tree
WINNER Best NZ Children’s Album The Jungle Is Jumping
WINNER Best NZ Children’s Album with Circus of Fleas
Lucy Hiku & Jenny Payne Itty Bitty Beats
Itty Bitty Beats is the musical pairing of Jenny Payne and Lucy Hiku. The duo has been busy making original kiwi music for kids around the world. They have released 5 albums, 3 EPs, a multitude of singles and videos and they’re also published authors!
Mrs Charlotte Talbot
Charlotte is the face of Cee Bee Teatime. Resident in South Island, she is married to a Kiwi farmer and is the mother of three grown-up children. The last thirty years have been filled with child-rearing, farm admin and support, preschool Music and Movement sessions, Spanish and ESOL teaching and volunteering. She now also leads a small children’s singing group in Geraldine and a creative music group at Temuka Primary School.
Cee Bee Teatime was born in Aotearoa New Zealand’s first 2020 Covid-19 Lockdown. When Copyright issues interfered with Charlotte's delivery of online Music and Movement sessions, she decided that the only solution was to create her own material. With two of her three musical children at home captive, they began to make songs. Oscar’s instrumental and music production abilities and Emily’s beautiful voice enabled Charlotte’s lyrics and melodies to be turned into fun, interactive songs for children everywhere. When a caregiver asked her for the name of a particular song, because she ‘couldn’t find it on Spotify’, Charlotte realized that it was time to start sharing her music. She released her first songs in late 2021. Cee Bee Teatime has also involved local children in recordings.
Cee Bee Teatime songs are mostly aimed at pre-school aged children and are not driven by what is trending. Some are very simple action songs, many have a farming/countryside theme, some have an element of the ridiculous, many tell a little story or contain a message but all began in Charlotte’s imagination. Many of the songs would slot perfectly into any Early Childhood music programme.
“In our Anglo-Saxon world, feelings are shared, problems solved, ideas developed and support given over a cup of tea and there is always music. Music feeds our soul and it’s never too early to start enjoying and appreciating it. The words and melodies have always been inside me and now it’s time to start pouring them out. It’s Cee Bee Teatime!”, says Charlotte.
Craig Smith aka "The Wonky Donkey man" is an award winning children's author and musician.
A friend of multiple generations of kiwi kids, Suzy feels incredibly fortunate to be singing, dancing and investigating this wonderful world of ours, with kids of all ages, across Aotearoa - New Zealand.
Find her on Spotify, Facebook (suzycatonz), Instagram (suzy_cato), YouTube (Treehuttv). Tune in for the Suzy & Friends Kids Radio Show on 25 radio stations around Aotearoa, and Suzy & Friends in a Podcast, for the best talky bits of the radio show on RNZ's https://storytime.rnz.co.nz/
There is so much fun to be had, so come on, "We Can Do It!"
Chris Lam Sam
Who is Chris Lam Sam?
He is a popular children’s entertainer, a published picture book author with London’s TATE Museums,
and the NZ Symphony Orchestra says he is one of the best Master of Ceremonies they have ever worked with.
Over the last 21 years he has performed live concerts for more than 2 million people,
and worked with some of the best loved brands and musicians in Aotearoa and the world.
He has written an album of children’s songs for Plunket New Zealand,
he has performed with Sir Dave Dobbyn and two-time GRAMMY Award winner Kimbra,
and MC’d events for The Royal NZ Ballet, the NZSO, World of Wearable Art, and The Muppets.
Chris Sanders is a multi-award winning children’s musician, published author of six picture books and is set to release his second stage show musical.
He has penned many popular kids tunes including the ‘111 Ambulance Song’ and ‘Teddy Bear Hunt - Ft. The APO’ and his book title’s include stories such as ‘Angel Star’ and ‘The Lonely Book.’
As well as having 4 children’s songs enter the NZ Official Music Charts, his other musical accolades include being nominated for a TUI Award as Best Children’s Artist in 2020 and receiving an NZ honour ‘The Order of St John Priory Vote of Thanks’ from the Governor General in 2019, for charitable services through music and literature for St John NZ.
In 2023 Chris is set to release the first part of his latest project, a stage show musical called ‘Hana the Glowworm’ done in collaboration with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Anna van Riel
A natural entertainer of children, Award- winning children's songwriter Anna van Riel is the ideal choice when it comes to performing for little people at festivals, schools, ECE Centres and Community events, NZ.
Offering entertainment for big kids and small!
Anna offers both interactive performances and workshops for children and is a popular choice for community events with her performances for all ages. Founder and trustee of non-profits Plastic Free Wanaka and The Wanda Foundation, Anna is passionate about supporting a healthy planet, as well as the creative growth of our children.
Anna offers both interactive performances and workshops for children and is a popular choice for community events with her performances across all ages. Founder and trustee of non-profits Plastic Free Wanaka and The Wanda Foundation, Anna is passionate about supporting a healthy planet, and fostering the creative growth of our children.
Kath Bee is first and foremost a brilliant songwriter. She prides herself on writing well-crafted songs with meaningful, clever lyrics and catchy melodies.
Kath's list of most loved and songs include 'Individuality', 'Dad I wanna be a Camel', 'E Tū Tāngata', 'I Love Life', 'Magic in Me', 'Dragons Under My Bed' and many more. She seems to be able to get into the mind of a child to create songs that touch children's hearts and stick with them into adulthood. Kath regularly meets adults who blush and say 'your songs were my childhood'.
Kath is a 'with them' not 'at them' performer who reels children in a down-to-earth way and keeps them engaged whether on the mat or on a stage and has performed all around NZ to hundreds of thousands of children over the past 17 years.
Kath is a published author of 2 books, has over 85 songs streaming online, plus many lyric videos on her YouTube Channel to sing along to. Her list of awards is a long one and includes:
Winner - APRA Best Children's Song 2022
Winner - APRA Best Children's Song 2020
Winner - APRA Children's Video of the Year 2019
Finalist - APRA Children's Song of the Year 2018
Winner - APRA Children's Video of the Year 2014
Winner - APRA Children's Video of the Year 2010
Finalist - INTERNATIONAL Songwriting Competition x 3
Placed - AUSTRALIAN Songwriters Association Competition x 3
Judi Cranston is the founder of kindyRock, a music education company based in New Zealand, providing music, training, and teaching resources to children, teachers, and parents.
She is an international award-winning songwriter and her music is used around the globe in homes, early childhood centres and schools.
She is passionate about using music as a tool for helping children to grow and learn and is committed to creating resources that are fun, easy to use, and effective in learning.
She also works in New Zealand and internationally providing music education presentations for early learning professionals.
More recently Judi has developed adult training in emotional and intuitive intelligence and is a certified Esoteric Hypnotherapist.
Judi is a founding board member of the Kiwi Kids Music Trust and is a mum to 5 grown up children and 4 grandsons and lives in the beautiful Kawakawa Bay south East of Auckland.
Loopy Tunes (Siu and Leah)
Kia ora! Mālō e lelei!
Loopy Tunes (Preschool) Music are Ōtautahi-based sister music duo, Siu Williams-Lemi and Leah Williams-Partington. The sisters are best known for their reorua/bilingual Māori and Pasifika children’s waiata, sung in their beautifully harmonious style.
They had their start in children’s music through a weekly outreach preschool music programme they helped create, twelve years ago, which continues still – now running six weekly bilingual music sessions during the school term, around Christchurch.
In 2019, the sisters recorded and released their first 13-track children’s music album, “Kākāriki: Simply Us” and to date have released a total of 140 waiata!
Their repertoire includes a 100-song collaborative project released in 2021, with the ‘Pasifika Beatz’ team at Whānau Āwhina Plunket, thanks to funding from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples. This saw the duo release 10 albums in 10 different Pasifika languages, including Rotuman, Kiribati and Tuvaluan. The albums were created to support the amazing mahi the ‘Pasifika Beatz’ team do, in running preschool music programmes for Pacific Island whānau, through Auckland libraries, and more! It’s also an amazing resource that showcases the beautiful music and languages of our Pacific neighbours, and the action YouTube videos that accompany each song allows us all to learn about these languages and cultures in a fun and engaging way!
One of their latest waiata, "Let's Make Lemonade" won Global Song of the Year, 2022, at the 2022 Funky Kids Radio (FKR) Global Children's Entertainment Awards, with another of their waiata "Te Mātahi o Te Tau" as the Runner-Up for the same category. They are grateful to have also had their waiata and music videos nominated as finalists in the 2021 and 2022 Children's Music Awards (NZ), 2021 Pacific Music Awards (NZ) and 2021 FKR Global Music Awards, and two waiata were Semi-Finalists in the 2021 and 2022 International Songwriting Competition (Children's Music category).
Between 2019-2020, Leah and Siu self-funded a ‘Rainbow Book Collection’ of bilingual Māori children’s picture books, based on five of their original waiata, including the crowd favourite, "E Rima Ngā Manu | Five Little Birds". This collection is available in most libraries around Aotearoa!
The music duo get booked in to run music sessions at preschools and to perform at events, festivals and markets in Ōtautahi, and around the motu. They recently enjoyed a 4-day South Canterbury Preschools Tour, performing at 11 preschools, finishing with a 'Concert For Kids' that whole whānau came along to, and LOVED!
There are some awesome new waiata in the making, including an EP collaboration with Kiwi icon, Suzy Cato, and other fun music projects in the works! It continues to be a very busy time for the duo with more exciting times ahead. Thankfully, they LOVE what they do, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!!