Adeaze Profile

Hussein Moses
3 Jul 2019

Adeaze broke out in 2004 with their debut album Always & For Real, a No.1 smash in New Zealand released on local hip-hop and R&B label Dawn Raid Entertainment. The record featured two huge singles – ‘A Life With You’, which was later sampled by Mariah Carey, and ‘Getting Stronger’, a song that quickly rose to the top of the charts thanks to an unforgettable hook from Aaradhna. Adeaze have gone on to release two more albums, the most recent of which was inspired by their biggest fan: their mum.

Born in Hamilton in 1980 and 1981, Adeaze are the brothers Feagaigafou Nainz Tupa'i and Logovi'i Viiz Tupa'i: Nainz and Viiz. They grew up close to their parents, especially their mother Selepa, who contracted polio at age three in Samoa when a fishing spear went through her leg. It wasn’t until she had lived in New Zealand for eight or nine years that she even got access to a wheelchair. “I remember Mum physically crawling around the house to wake us, cook for us and do all of the sorts of things that a normal mum would do,” Nainz told Stuff in 2018. “She never let her disability get in the way.”

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Adeaze - Nainz, left, and Viiz Tupa'i - at the Pacific Music Awards, 2012.
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Adeaze at the Pacific Music Awards, 2019. 
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Adeaze ft Aaradhna - Getting Stronger (2004)
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Nainz Tupa'i of Adeaze at the Pacific Music Awards, 2019.
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Adeaze photographed at the Pacific Music Awards 2012: Viiz, left, and Nainz Tupa'i. The duo won three awards: best Pacific group, best Pacific urban artist for their album 'Rise & Shine' , and best Pacific song for 'Paradise'.
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Adeaze downstairs at the Civic / Wintergarden, Auckland.
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Viiz and Nainz Tupa'i - Adeaze - at the Pacific Music Awards 2005, where they won the Radio 531PI award for best Pacific group. 
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Adeaze in a publicity photo: Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i. 
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Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i - Adeaze - at the 2019 Pacific Music Awards.
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Adeaze - A Life With You (2004)
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Nainz and Viiz Tupa'i of Adeaze, with their family at the 2019 Pacific Music Awards.
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Rise & Shine - album released by Adeaze in 2011.
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Adeaze - Viiz and Nainz Tupa'i - at a special concert for mothers, just prior to the release of A Mother's Love, 2018.
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First episode of TVNZ Pasifika youth show Fresh, presented by brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupai, aka Adeaze (2011)
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Adeaze at a special concert for mothers, just prior to the release of the album A Mother's Love, 2018. 'You Make Me Smile', the album's first single, was filmed during the evening.
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Adeaze - You Make Me Smile (live on RNZ, 10 May 2018)
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Viiz Tupa'i of Adeaze at the Pacific Music Awards, 2019.
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Adeaze and Tone 6 arriving at the 2019 Pacific Music Awards.
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Adeaze at the launch of A Mother's Love, 2018.
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Adeaze at the Parachute Festival, 2012.
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Viiz and Nainz Tupa'i: Adeaze at the 2012 Pacific Music Awards, with one of their three awards.
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Adeaze at the Pacific Music Awards, 2019.
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Adeaze with a portrait of their mother Selepa, at a concert for mothers, just prior to the release of the album A Mother's Love, 2018.
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Viiz and Nainz Tupa'i - Adeaze - at the Pacific Music Awards, 2005.
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