Adeaze are a New Zealand R&B/soul duo comprising brothers Nainz and Viiz Tupai. The group's debut album, Always and for Real, was released in 2004 and topped the album chart in New Zealand.

OriginAuckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
GenresR&B, reggaesoul
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active2003present
LabelsDawn Raid Entertainment
Associated actsAaradhna
MembersNainz Tupai
Viiz Tupai


Brought up playing music in the church, the brothers used the time wisely crafting their skills with different instruments and live performance. Their passion for music continued and Adeaze performed eagerly at various church and school functions, during their adolescent years. The brothers attended Mangere College in Auckland New Zealand. In 1999 the brothers attended Excel School of Performing Arts and received Diplomas in Performance graduating at the top of the class, followed by a national tour of New Zealand with the students of Excel. The same year Adeaze caught the attention of Brotha D from Dawn Raid, who recognising the talent got the duo to record two songs for the upcoming compilation Southside Story (Dawn Raids Debut Album).

The duo released their debut album Always and for Real in 2004, which includes the number-one hit "Getting Stronger", their cover version of Bee Gees's song "How Deep Is Your Love",[1] and "A Life with You"—which is sampled for Mariah Carey's "Your Girl" from the 2005 album, The Emancipation of Mimi.[2] The album reached the number one position on the New Zealand album charts in 2004.[3]

Then the duo released the second album, Rise and Shine, in 2011.[4]

In a May 2008 Rip It Up interview, Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark stated Adeaze were her favourite New Zealand music group.


Adeaze discography
Studio albums1
Music videos2
Featured singles1

Studio albums

Year Album details NZ peak chart position
(sales thresholds)
Track listing
2004 Always and for Real 1
  1. Always and for Real
  2. Memory Lane
  3. Change Your Ways
  4. A Life with You
  5. Getting Stronger featuring Aaradhna
  6. How Deep Is Your Love
  7. Interlude
  8. Dear Babe
  9. E Paia
  10. Love Is True
  11. Tears in Heaven
  12. Never Gonna Let You Die
  13. The Lord Is My Light


Rise and Shine


Year Title NZ Singles Chart Certification Album
2003 "A Life With You" 3 - Non-album single
2004 "Hook Up"
(with Dawn Raid All-Stars)
9 - Non-album single
"How Deep Is Your Love" - - Always and for Real
"Getting Stronger"
(featuring Aaradhna)
1 Platinum
"Tears In Heaven" - -


  1. Forbes, Stephen (17 May 2012). "Adeaze in running for awards". Auckland Now. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  2. "Mariah's song owes me - Kiwi". 30 April 2006. Mariah Carey Archives. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  3. "Adeaze in New Zealand charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  5. "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

Further reading

  • Jewell, Stephen. "Adeaze". New Zealand Musician Magazine. Retrieved 20 October 2006.
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