The rise, fall and redemption of Hip Hop artist KD Lok in a story of music, mental health and Māoritanga.
Brought up rough in foster homes and gangs, Matty Paparoa became ‘Loko’. After jail, he found notoriety as rapper ‘KD Lok’ before losing his daughter and being placed in the mental health system.
For the last seven years Matty has been homeless in a bush hut in Titirangi. Our seven-part video series Loko traces his journey to recover his past, reconnecting with his Māori identity and reigniting his music career.
Platform partner: NZ Herald
Producers: Vanessa Patea, Ruth Korver
Directors: Tom Reilly, Diego Opotowski
DOP: Diego Opotowski
Production: Silvia Valentina
Editor: Bridget Lyon
Post House: POW