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by Te Vaka

South Pacific Fusion - Tribal, rootsy and atmospheric, featuring Pacific grooves, gorgeous harmonies and infectious log-drum rhythms.
Genre: World: South Pacific
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Vakaaitu
5:12 $0.99
2. Lelei Ilo Tenei
3:29 $0.99
3. Nonu Paoa
3:34 $0.99
4. Lua Afe (Reload)
2:21 $0.99
5. Ki Te Fakaolatia
5:41 $0.99
6. Ke Faitatala
4:29 $0.99
7. Mata O Tane
2:55 $0.99
8. Tu Tokatahi
2:49 $0.99
9. Mataliki
4:35 $0.99
10. Limatane
2:40 $0.99
11. Vaitaimi Mihia
4:24 $0.99
12. Te Kupu
5:16 $0.99
13. Our Ocean
4:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
I was very honoured to have been invited to perform in three of the biggest venues in Polynesia in 2005 : the Waikiki shell in Hawaii, Apia Park in Samoa and Tahiti’s Toata Stadium. It was the reasons why we were invited that was most satisfying.
To experience first hand each of the Island’s concerns and to be there supporting was most humbling. Whether it was the Hawaiian’s concern for their land with the US of A, Tahiti’s desire for self-rule from France or Samoa defending their land from the might of the Asian Banks, it is clear that there exists an awareness to preserve our endangered cultures before they are replaced or lost.
These are exciting times but to succeed we need a few more of these strong ethical leaders to protect and preserve our cultures from these natural and not so natural forces. It is to these leaders that I dedicate this album.
Opetaia Foai



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Julie Foai

Rhythm Magazine, Tony Hillier
Those who managed to catch Te Vaka between the showers at the Woodford festival earlier this year will attest to the fact that they are a visually arresting act. With their strongly percussive groove, soulful lead vocals and sweet South sea harmonies, they are equally exciting in an audio sense.

Although New Zealand-based, their music is rooted in the soul of Polynesia per se, and meshes the stirring rhythm of traditional log drumming with socially and politically aware songs sung in Tokelau, Tuvaluan and Samoan. The concluding ‘Our Ocean’ – commissioned by Greenpeace – is the only track on Olatia not sung in language.

The interjection of chunkier beats, while no means obtrusive, gives ‘Ke faitatala’ (‘We need to talk’) a more contemporary edge. The blend of ancient and modern peaks in ‘Mataliki’ (‘Little stars’). Another of the album’s showcase numbers ‘Te Kupu’ (‘The word’), starts with a South Sea Islands chorus containing some extraordinary vocal harmonies, before hitting a funky instrumental groove. “Tu Tokatahi’ with it’s haka style vocals, is another with anthemic quality. Opening track ‘Vakaaitu’ sets the tone, with dreamy vocals laid on top of a log drum bed.

‘Lima Tane’, featuring the Hawaiian ipu, is the most compelling of the set's three instrumentals, one of which (‘Lua afe’) was performed by this globe-trotting band at last year’s Rugby World Cup in France, where it spurred on the All Blacks and Manu Samoa teams (though insufficiently, as history records!

Rhythms Magazine Australia
Tony Hillier