FEATURE: We Stand Together: The New Zealand Playlist



We Stand Together

IN THIS PHOTO: Christchurch, New Zealand/PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images 

The New Zealand Playlist


IT has been an horrific day for the people of Christchurch...

 IN THIS PHOTO: Christchurch, New Zealand/PHOTO CREDIT: @edwardmanson

in New Zealand. A terrorist attack has left forty-nine dead and many wounded in a senseless and insane attack. People around the world are sending their sympathies and best wishes but one wonders how it happened and what provoked anyone to carry out so a violent attack. The BBC reported the news here:

Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's "darkest days". It is the nation's deadliest attack.

A gunman identifying himself as an Australian live-streamed the rampage at Al Noor mosque to Facebook.

A man in his late 20s has been arrested and charged with murder. Two other men and one woman were also detained.

Firearms and explosive devices were recovered, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. One of those detained was later released.

The gunman live-streaming the attack from a head-mounted camera said he was a 28-year-old Australian called Brenton Tarrant. The footage showed him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the Al Noor mosque.

Police called on the public not to share the "extremely distressing" footage online. Facebook said it had removed the gunman's Facebook and Instagram accounts and was working to remove any copies of the footage”.

New Zealand is known for its peaceful people and safety and this comes as a huge blow – a moment of evil that has shocked a nation! Although there is nothing that can make things better, I wanted to bring together some New Zealand-born/based artists and celebrate the music of the country. There will be a lot of questions following the terror attack and we hope the death toll does not raise. New Zealand is a fine nation and, as you can tell from the playlist below, it is a country that has produced...

 IN THIS PHOTO: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand/PHOTO CREDIT: @tokeller/Unsplash

SOME truly wonderful music.