Ardijah Profile

AudioCulture
8 Nov 2018

“Time makes the wine, it’s like love, grow stronger”, sings Betty-Anne Monga to a slinky funk groove in the chorus of Ardijah’s best-known original song. If they ever needed an affirmation of self-belief in nearly four decades taking their own genre – Polyfonk – to the clubs and airwaves of New Zealand and the Pacific, they wrote it themselves.

Emerging in the late 1970s, led by Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga, Ardijah has endured endless road miles, late nights, heartbreaks and hurdles to keep their musical vision alive.

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Ryan Monga, Rip It Up office, 1985
Photo credit: Anthony Corban
Side two of Ardijah's self-titled debut album on WEA, 1987. 
Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga, 2000s. 
Label for side one of Ardijah's debut album, WEA, 1987
Car Crash Set's 'No Accident' video shoot, 1984. L to R: Dave Bulog, Simon Mark-Brown, Nigel Russell, Trevor Reekie, Ryan Monga
Ardijah’s (left to right) Tony Nogotautama, Ryan Monga, and Simon Lynch, September 1987
Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga, 2000s
Ardijah (left to right) John “JayDee” Diamond (guitar), Simon Lynch (keyboards), Betty Anne Monga vocals/percussion), Richie Campbell (drums), and Ryan Monga (bass), Papakura YMCA 1987
Ardijah, Edgewater resort, Rarotonga, September 1987
Ardijah at the Peppermill nightclub, 1982. From left: Paul Drury, Jay Dee, Ryan Monga, James Tuiara, Betty-Anne Monga, Ritchie Campbell. 
Photo credit: Ryan Monga collection
Kaitapu Monga plays five-string bass with Ardijah, 2012
Photo credit: Ryan Monga collection
Ardijah filming for Ready To Roll at Avalon studios, Lower Hutt, 1985; (left to right) Betty-Anne Monga, Simon Lynch, Ryan Monga, Richie Campbell, Tony Nogotautama and Teina Benioni.
Photo credit: Simon Lynch
Herbs, Ardijah, Aotearoa and Dread, Beat & Blood. Taken in Whangarei at the last gig of a national tour with all four bands on 29 July 1986. The promoter was Hugh Lynn.
Photo credit: Simon Lynch collection
The back cover of the Give Me Your Number single, Pagan, 1986. 
Ardijah at Tolaga Bay, 2013. From left: Betty-Anne, Ryan and Kaitapu Monga, Rico Tali. 
Photo credit: Ryan Monga collection
Ardijah tour production meeting; (left to right) Terry (lighting technician), Peter Campbell (band manager), and Mike Smeaton (sound technician), Queenstown February 1987
Ardijah’s Betty-Anne Monga, Papakura YMCA, 1987
Ardijah outside Shortland’s Street TVNZ studio in 1985; (left to right) Richie Campbell, Teina Benioni, Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga and Tony Nogotautama
Betty-Anne Monga of Ardijah on the cover of Rip It Up's 10th anniversary issue, June 1987
Ardijah, 1987: Tony Nogotautama, Ryan Monga, Simon Lynch, Betty-Anne Monga. 
Ardijah's promotional portrait for their debut release on Pagan, Give Me Your Number, 1986. 
Photo credit: Adrienne Martyn 
Ryan Monga being interviewed by Peter Grace in the Rip It Up office, Darby Street, Auckland, late 1985
Photo credit: Anthony Corban
Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga, 1990s
Ardijah takes the Polyfonk jet to Gisborne, 2012. From left: Betty-Anne Monga, Kaitapu Monga, Rico Tali, Ryan Monga, Karl Benton.
Photo credit: Ryan Monga collection
Ardijah: about to appear at Wellington's Exchequers club, 1986
Ardijah, c. 1985. From left: Betty-Anne Monga, Jay Dee Diamond, Ryan Monga, Simon Lynch, and Ritchie Campbell. 
Ardijah filming for Ready To Roll at Avalon studios, Lower Hutt, 1985; (left to right) Betty-Anne Monga, Simon Lynch, Ryan Monga, Richie Campbell, Tony Nogotautama and Teina Benioni.
Photo credit: Simon Lynch
Ardijah's self-titled debut album, WEA, 1987
Betty-Anne Monga, 1987
Ardijah’s Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga, Herbs tour, July 1986
Ardijah’s Tony Nogotautama and Betty–Anne Monga, September 1987
Ardijah’s Betty-Anne Monga, Auckland, September 1987
Ardijah - Silly Love Songs (1999)
Ardijah, 1987. From left: Simon Lynch, Jay Dee, Ryan Monga, Betty-Anne Monga.
Photo credit: Jocelyn Carlin
Betty-Anne Monga, a portrait by Jocelyn Carlin, 1987
Ardijah’s Ryan Monga and Tony Nogotautama, Queenstown, February 1987
Betty-Anne Monga, Te Rapa Racecourse, December 1988. 
Photo credit: Karen Ford
Ardijah - Give Me Your Number (1986)
Ryan Monga, Rip It Up office, Auckland, 1985
Photo credit: Anthony Corban
Ardijah, 1989. From left: Ryan Monga, Barbara Griffin, Betty-Anne Monga, and Trevor Collins. 
Ardijah in Taupo, 2013. Rico Tale sings E Ipo, Betty-Anne Monga at right. 
Photo credit: Ryan Monga collection
Give Me Your Number - Ardijah's debut single, Pagan, 1986
Ardijah, (left to right) Betty-Anne Monga, Ryan Monga, Tony Nogotautama, Simon Lynch (and Ryan junior), central North Island, August 1986
Ryan Monga in Car Crash Set, Zanzibar, Fort St. Auckland, New Years Eve 1983/4
Betty-Anne Monga interview, Tagata Pasifika 20th Anniversary Special, 2007
Ardijah’s Tony Nogotautama, Herbs tour, July 1986
Take Me was a 7" and 12" single for Ardijah on WEA in 1989. 
Time was a 1999 album released on Ardijah's own Polyfonk label.
Ardijah's Take a Chance album (WEA, 1988) was an expanded version of their self-titled debut the year earlier. 
Ryan Monga, Rip It Up office, Auckland, 1985
Photo credit: Anthony Corban
Truda Chadwick with Ryan and Betty-Ann Monga from Ardijah
Ardijah performing Give Me Your Number, Time Makes A Wine on the first episode of True Colours, 1986
Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga, 1990s. 
Betty-Anne Monga of Ardijah, 2001. 
Ryan Monga and Billy Kristian, APRA Silver Scrolls, 1997
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Kete Arohanui - Ardijah (2006)
Poster for Rarofest, Cook Islands, 2017
Photo credit: Ardijah collection
Ardijah at the Cordova nightclub, Mangere, 1980. From left: Betty-Anne Monga, Ryan Monga, John Diamond aka Jay Dee, Richie Campbell.
Photo credit: Ryan Monga collection
Ardijah outside Shortland Street’s TVNZ studio in 1985; (left to right) Richie Campbell, Betty-Anne Monga, Teina Benioni, Ryan Monga, Tony Nogotautama and Simon Lynch
Ardijah perform Your Love Is Blind on Sweet Soul Music (1986)
Ardijah - Time Makes A Wine (1988)
Ardijah, 1987: Simon Lynch, Ryan Monga, Betty-Anne Monga, Jay Dee. 
Photo credit: Jocelyn Carlin
Labels:

Pagan


WEA


Polyfonk

Members:

Betty-Anne Monga - vocals, ukulele, percussion

Ryan Monga - producer, musical director, drums, bass, vocals

Simon Lynch - keyboards

Tony Nogotautama - vocals, guitar

Ryan "Kaitapu" Monga Jr - bass, drums, vocals

Rico Tali - saxophone, flute, ukulele, guitar, vocals

Phil Crown - keyboards, vocals

Karl Benton - keyboards

Kolo Hansen - keyboards

Jay Dee - guitar, vocals

Richie Campbell - drums

James Tuiara - vocals, percussion