Bic Runga

Bic Runga Bio

Briolette Kah Bic RungaMNZM (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. They moved to New Zealand to live. Runga is of Ngāti Kahungunu descent. 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.” The ‘strange vowel’ is a checked tone. For the meaning of ‘colour of jade’, Bic is 碧 in Chinese characters.

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