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Briolette Kahbic Runga, 13 January 1976, Christchurch, New Zealand. Runga was born into a musical family, her Chinese Malaysian mother being a professional singer. Musically inclined from a very early age, she played percussion at 11, guitar three years later, and was also writing songs. From the age of 18 she lived in Auckland, singing in clubs and restaurants and very soon was able to persuade Sony Records to sign her to a contract for her independent recording of her composition Drive. The record went swiftly into the New Zealand Top 10 charts and she also won a Silver Scroll award for the writing of the song. Rungas career was off to a flying start that was confirmed when her debut album won six Tuis at the 1998 New Zealand Music Awards, including Album Of The Year, Single Of The Year, Best Female Vocalist and Best Songwriter. Her next singles, Bursting Through and Sway, also did well, and so too did her second album...