No we're not talking rappers from Oakland or Los Angeles. Aaron Intermann (AI) is from the Westport, New Zealand, and is producing his own hip hop with a West Coast flavour. I've loved getting to know Aaron over the last few weeks, and listening to his recent album "The Compassion Scrolls vol. 3". He's also a youthworker and recently was featured on TVNZ's Seven Sharp accompanying one of the young people he has worked with to the Eminem gig in Wellington. The story is definitely worth watching!
Aaron's own music blends together deft vocals, emotive bass, melodic mastery and spiritual insight. He tells his own story and speaks into the lives of young people who are seeking direction. Worth a listen on spotify or check out the download at
NZ Maori identify themselves by their local mountain and river, but I grew up in the south of England where the land is flat, and our local river - the Blackwater - lived up to its name as being one of the most polluted streams in the UK. So now I'm claiming the Buller River, or in te reo Maori the Kawatiri, as my own.