"Briolette Kah Bic Runga" (born 13 January, 1976) MNZM is a New Zealand singer-songwriter whose first solo album, ''Drive'', debuted at number one in the New Zealand charts.
Runga was born in Christchurch. Her mother, Sophia Tang, was a Chinese Malaysian lounge singer in Malaysia when she met Joseph Runga, a Māori soldier on leave from Vietnam. They both moved to New Zealand to live.
Runga grew up in Hornby, Christchurch surrounded by a musically-inclined family, and started recording songs with her sisters, Boh and Pearl, when she was only four years old. Runga's older sister Boh is now a vocalist in the New Zealand rock group Stellar*.
She learnt drums at the age of eleven, and guitar at about fourteen. Runga also learnt to play the keyboard at around this time. She attended Cashmere High School, joining high school bands and performing with local jazz groups by her mid-teens.
Runga and Kelly Horgan entered the 1993 Xtrasmokefreerockquest in Wellington under the name of "Love Soup". They won third place and a music contract with Pagan Records. Using a QEII Arts Council grant, Runga recorded the first ''Drive'' EP in Wellington. Un...
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