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Che Fu

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Birth name  Che Kuo Eruera Ness
Role  Hip-hop artist
Years active  1989–present
Parents  Tigilau Ness
Labels  Sony/BMG
Music group  Supergroove
Name  Che Fu

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Genres  Hip Hop Reggae Soul Funk
Associated acts  Supergroove, DLT, Dam Native, King Kapisi, Aaradhna
Website  Facebook Che Fu The Musician
Albums  2b SPacific, Navigator, Beneath the Radar, Hi‑Score – The Best of Che Fu, Original Album Classics
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Che Ness (MNZM), better known by his stage name Che Fu, is a New Zealand hip hop, R&B and reggae artist, songwriter and producer. A founding member of the hugely successful band Supergroove, as a solo artist he has gone on to sell thousands of albums both in New Zealand and internationally. Che Fu is considered a pioneer of Hip hop and Pasifika music in New Zealand.

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Early life

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Che Fu was born Che Ness in Auckland. His mother, Miriama Rauhihi-Ness is of Māori descent and his father Tigilau Ness is Niuean. Fu's parents are well-known political activists, notably as members of the Polynesian-rights group, the Polynesian Panthers, and founding members of rastafarian movement 12 Tribes of Israel. Tigilau is a musician and part of the band Unity Pacific as well as his son's band, The Krates. The Ness family are Rastafarians.

Supergroove (1994 - 1996)

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While a student at Western Springs College, Fu and a group of friends formed the Low Down Dirty Blues Band, who later became Supergroove. Supergroove released their debut album Traction in 1994. The album went triple platinum in New Zealand and won five tuis. Before finishing their second album, Backspacer, Fu left Supergroove to pursue a solo career.

Solo career (1996 - 1997)

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Fu was invited to record a single with well-known New Zealand DJ DLT. The song Chains protested French nuclear testing in the Pacific and was released in July 1996, within weeks of Fu leaving Supergroove. Chains was a Number One hit on the New Zealand Singles Charts and won three tuis, namely Single of the year, Best male vocalist, and Best songwriter. This marked the beginning of Fu's solo career and brought prominence to Hip Hop in New Zealand.

2b S.Pacific (1998 - 2000)

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In 1998 Fu released his debut album 2b S.Pacific. The album went double platinum and spawned four top-ten hits, which was unheard-of for a local hip hop artist at the time. The following year, he received the Single of the year award for Scene III. Fu subsequently formed a band named The Krates for studio work and live performances. Paul Russell, previous drummer for Supergroove, is part of The Krates line-up.

Navigator (2001 - 2003)

Fu released his follow-up album Navigator in 2001, debuting at number one and generating triple platinum sales. At the 2002 New Zealand Music Awards, Fu took home five tuis: Single of the year for Fade Away, Album of the year, Top male vocalist, Best R&B / Hip hop album, and Best music video. That same year, Fu received the APRA Silver Scroll for his single Misty Frequencies. He went on to win Best male vocalist in 2003 for Misty Frequencies.

Beneath the radar and Hi-Score: The best of Che Fu (2005 - 2007)

Fu's next album Beneath the radar was released in 2005, led out by singles 2D and Lightwork however the record was not as successful as previous works. The following year Fu released Hi-Score - The best of Che Fu, a compilation of hit singles from his previous three albums including Fade Away, Waka and Without a doubt as well as four new singles.

2008 onwards

Fu teamed up with the Glass Packaging Forum to promote glass recycling with youth. The Forum hosted a competition for 9 to 15 year olds to write rap lyrics encouraging recycling. The winners recorded their lyrics with Fu in a single called Do the krusher. Fu also collaborated with Kimbra and hip hop group Nesian Mystik on their top-ten single Mr Mista.

Throughout 2010 - 2013, Che Fu & The Krates continued to tour New Zealand and Australia. As well, Fu performs alongside another hip hop legend, Samoan rapper King Kapisi as one-half of the group Hedlok.

Fu's contribution to New Zealand music was recognised when he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Pacific Music Awards.

Personal life

In 2011, Fu and his father Tigilau were featured in a documentary for Māori TV in which they travelled to their homeland of Mutalau, Niue for the first time together. While in Niue, Fu married his long-time partner Angela McDonald. Fu and his wife have four sons, Loxmyn, Marley, Jeru, and Kaselle, whom they are raising in the Rastafarian faith.

With Supergroove

  • Traction (1994) BMG
  • Backspacer (1996) BMG
  • Postage (2003) BMG
  • Awards

  • 2009 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit
  • 2002 APRA Silver Scroll Awards: Che Ness (Che Fu) and Godfrey de Grut, "Misty Frequencies"
  • 2014 Pacific Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
  • References

    Che Fu Wikipedia


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