Which country is pop singer 'Bic Runga' from?
Briolette Kah Bic Runga (born 13 January 1976), recording as 'Bic Runga', is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist pop artist. Her first three studio albums debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40 Album charts. Runga has also found success internationally in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom with her song "Sway".
Runga was born in Christchurch. Her mother, Sophia Tang, was a Chinese Malaysian lounge singer in Malaysia when she met Joseph Runga, a Māori ex-serviceman. They moved to New Zealand to live.
Regarding her name, she explains: "'You say it Bec, rather than Bic. ... It's Chinese, it's a strange vowel sound which doesn't seem to translate in Australia". It means the colour of jade, which might mean green."
Runga grew up in Christchurch surrounded by a musically-inclined family, and started recording songs with her sisters, Boh and Pearl, when she was four years old. Runga's older sister Boh was the vocalist in the New Zealand rock group 'Stellar', while Pearl is a session singer. She learnt how to play drums at the age of eleven, and guitar at about fourteen. Runga also learned to play the keyboard about the same time.
In 2016, Runga was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. Recorded Music CEO Damian Vaughan said "Bic is one of our most loved and treasured recording artists, her songs are instantly recognizable and have been part of the fabric of New Zealand for more than 20 years."