Artist Bio

Loopy Tunes Preschool Music

Kia ora! Mālō e lelei!

Loopy Tunes (Preschool) Music are Christchurch-based sister music duo, Siu Williams-Lemi and Leah Williams-Partington. The sisters are recognised 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, fourteen years ago, which continues still – now running six weekly bilingual music sessions during the school term. 

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 148 waiata. The releases also include their “Kōwhai: Kōrero Mai” EP, a collaboration with Aotearoa’s most loved Aunty, Suzy Cato, and the team at Ko Taku Reo: Deaf Education NZ, who created some beautiful NZSL-inclusive music videos for the project! “Kōwhai” is a 4-song collection of simple waiata that helps to encourage tamariki to learn Māori in a fun and very interactive way!

Whero: Kirihimete|Kilisimasi“, their first Christmas album, was released in 2022, filled with uniquely bilingual Christmas waiata that are a mix of originals and translated festive classics, and their first original Tongan Christmas song, “Muimui Ki He Fetu’u“, co-written with their Māmā.

Their repertoire also includes a 100-song collaborative project released in early May 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 toolkit 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!  

Between 2019-2020, Leah and Siu released a ‘Rainbow Book Collection’ of bilingual Māori children’s picture books, based on five of their original waiata. They also enjoyed taking Māori and Pasifika Music Time at four different schools, in Ōtautahi, in 2020, thanks to the Creatives in Schools programme. Collaborations with other Children’s Music Arists and such organisations as E Tū Tāngata, has also enabled the sisters to broaden their reach. This includes a beautiful waiata with Australian Children’s Music champion, Benny Time, where they and their combined six tamariki, plus two, all featured in a song written by Benny, called, “How Great We Are“. 

The music duo enjoy running music sessions at local preschools, as well as performing at events, festivals and markets around Christchurch, and beyond! In 2023 they toured South Canterbury and Nelson/Blenheim, running music sessions at many preschools, and performing a number of ‘Concerts for Kids’ for whānau. They also loved performing on the Aotearoa Stage at the 2024 and 2023 Pasifika Festival, in Auckland, have enjoyed another mini-tour with Auckland libraries and several Matariki performances.

Thanks to support from NZ on Air Music, the sisters are slow releasing their next album, “Kahurangi: Little Treasures”, which will be released, in full, very soon! They are looking forward to a couple of tours, in Dunedin and Wellington, and a super fun collaboration with the Canterbury Symphony Orchestra this year as part of their Music Trails programme and an epic Matariki with CSO and Loopy Tunes concert.

It continues to be a very busy time for the duo with even more exciting times ahead. Thankfully, they LOVE what they do, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else!! 

 

Finalist – APRA AMCOS Best Children’s Song – Preschool, for “Toro Like A Kakīroa”, 2024 Children’s Music Awards (NZ) 

Semi-Finalist – 2022 International Songwriting Competition, for “Let’s Make Lemonade” 

Finalist – NZ on Air Best Children’s Music Video, for “Guardians of Papatūānuku”, 2022 Children’s Music Awards (NZ) 

 

Funky Kids Radio Global Children’s Entertainment Awards 2021 

For “Guardians of Papatūānuku” 

  • Winner – Music Video of the Year 2021 
  • Winner – People’s Choice – Global Song of the Year 2021 
  • Winner – People’s Choice – Song of the Year 2021 (New Zealand) 
  • Winner – People’s Choice – Music Video of the Year 2021 (New Zealand) 
  • Runner-Up – People’s Choice – Global Music Video of the Year 2021 

For “The Māui Dolphin” 

  • Runner-Up – People’s Choice – Song of the Year 2021 (New Zealand) 
  • Finalist – People’s Choice – Global Song of the Year 2021 

 

Semi-Finalist – 2021 International Songwriting Competition, for “The Māui Dolphin” 

Finalist – Sunpix Best Pacific Language, for “‘Umukisia”, 2021 Pacific Music Awards (NZ) 

Finalist – APRA Best Children’s Song, for “He Uri Ngāti Hua-Rākau”, 2021 Children’s Music Awards (NZ) 

Third Place – Global Song of the Year, for “‘Umukisia”, 2020 Funky Kids Radio Global Music Awards 

Third Place – People’s Choice – Song of the Year, for “‘Umukisia”, 2020 Funky Kids Radio Global Music Awards 

Reviews and Feedback

"Our whanau loved Loopy Tunes waiatas! We play their songs on our long drives and its fun for all of us. My 6 years old daughter is learning Te Reo Maori and she feels very inspired to see young wāhine toa singing and expressing their art for tamariki"

- Nelson Tour Concert Review

"Love these music sessions - enjoyable for my little ones as well as myself as these ladies can hold a tune! It has been an awesome way to bring more Te Reo into our lives!"

- Helene Taufua

"We highly recommend any ECE centre have loopy tunes visit. Our tamariki were so engaged in their fun well organised music session. Even several parents who attended said how amazing it was and how wonderful your singing voices were. Please come visit again."

- South Canterbury Tour Preschool Visit Review

"Awesome unique songs and stunning voices. Perfect little kids concert."

- Cambridge Concert Review

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