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Notable Kiwi artists urge people to 'Stay' in a new COVID19 inspired song.

Mitch Redman

Well-known musicians from around the country have used Zoom to write, record and produce a COVID19 inspired song in less than seven days.

When a Government worker at the National COVID19 Command Centre in Wellington came across a piece of Ugandan music inspired by Coronavirus, he thought New Zealand could do the same. 

The waiata was written, recorded and produced in seven days, during lockdown, from artists' homes around the country.

Twenty well-known musicians including Stan Walker, Hollie Smith and L.A.B have released the track 'Stay', urging Kiwis to stay home, and save lives.

Tiki Taane, who grew up in Christchurch, said being involved in the process was "like a good old garage party, except via the internet. It was a lot of fun." 

Fellow Cantabrian Theia was recording music in LA when the pandemic began to worsen, meaning she had to rush home to avoid the tightening border restrictions. 

Theia hoped that the single would encourage people to "listen to Aunty Cindy" and went on to say "if we hang in there, look after one other, this will all be over soon."

Founder of Loop Recordings and producer Mikee Tucker said it was "inspiring" to see what could be achieved in such a short time frame that held such "an important message". 

Proceeds from 'Stay' will go to the 'MusicHelpsLives' foundation, which will help those in the music industry affected by COVID19.