PAULY FUEMANA INTERVIEWED (1996): A life turned around

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PAULY FUEMANA INTERVIEWED (1996): A life turned around

Every now and again an article from many years ago makes itself known when old journals are being unearthed.

In the wake of the Anniversary Weekend floods in 2023, Elsewhere lost all kinds of valuable or personal archives.

But as we restock shelves or just open an old exercise book which somehow survived bits and pieces from a past life as a journalist at the Herald can suddenly appear.

Like this one which couldn't be more timely, I found it just days after writing about the 1994 Proud compilation being issued on vinyl, the first time we heard Pauly's voice when he was part of the Otara Millionaires Club.

This was one of the major interviews I did with Pauly Fuemana, the first which I don't have was just when his global hit How Bizarre was about to break -- I'm told it was the first interview with him in a New Zealand newspaper.

And this one from when the madness had begun.

He was a charming man each time I spoke to him and on his death I penned this piece because I was so moved.

But here is Pauly as a young man with the world at his feet and his heart in the wind.

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