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In June 1949, as an unknown 21 year old, Pikiteora (Pixie) Williams became a household name giving voice to Ruru Karaitiana’s song, Blue Smoke, the first recording for Radio Corp’s fledgling label TANZA (To Assist New Zealand Artists).
Blue Smoke’s journey is a remarkable story. A song that was written on a troopship to become almost a decade later, New Zealands’s first wholly processed record, and a commercial success covered by a host of international stars including Dean Martin.
This documentary will capture the story of the pioneering people who made it all happen - against the odds.