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Amataga

by Te Vaka

Award winning South Pacific Fusion - powerful, tribal, rootsy feel. It is melodious and relaxing yet earthy and atmospheric.
Genre: World: South Pacific
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3. Siva Mamalu
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4. Sasa Le Vao
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5. Amataga
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6. Mama E
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It has been 4 long years since the last album but this one is definitely worth the wait – deeply personal, the music will surprise you. Opetaia Foai, the songwriter behind all the Te Vaka albums, has gone deeper into the roots of Polynesia with “Amagata” (the beginning), drawing on inspirations which will be new and exciting to many listeners and a “must have” for Te Vaka fans.
It has been a long journey and a lot of hard work but you could say he has been re-inspired by the untapped beauty and culture there is in this part of the world and has expressed this beautifully in his new album.

Here is what UK based Froots Magazine has to say about "Amataga"

Aue! One shouldn’t take groups too much for granted. Despite the title, Amataga (The Beginning) is the eighth
release by this New Zealand-based Pacific island group; but even if you’re at all familiar with their style, this
album will still probably surprise. Te Vaka have clearly progressed greatly since their early days and the album
shows unexpected depth, poise and maturity. For although Amataga is still based around a well-produced mix
of the expected – ‘island’ flava and pan-Pacific percussion work outs – it’s the song writing that was the biggest
revelation. The group’s leader, guitarist, songwriter and producer, Opetaia Foa’i, is of solidly Pacific stock
(Tokelau andTuvalu) and has been described as “one of New Zealand’s finest songwriters”.

On Amataga we can see why. Foa’i’s songs not only celebrate Pacific culture (Majestic Dance and the possibly
tongue-in-cheek Paradise) but are also by turn thoughtful (Big As You Are and a rueful My Sunny Days),
heartfelt and topical. There’s a song about the MH370 air disaster, and another highlighting the under-reported
struggle for freedom in Indonesian-occupied West Papua with the chanted refrain: “West Papua/ With you now/
Freedom/ Freedom now”.

Foa’i has dedicated this album to those trying to do something about injustice and the state of the planet; and
with Amataga, Te Vaka show they have the music to back it up.

Review by Phil Wilson

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Froots Magazine UK reviewed by Phil Wilson
Aue! One shouldn’t take groups too much for granted. Despite the title, Amataga (The Beginning) is the eighth release by this New Zealand-based Pacific island group; but even if you’re at all familiar with their style, this
album will still probably surprise. Te Vaka have clearly progressed greatly since their early days and the album
shows unexpected depth, poise and maturity. For although Amataga is still based around a well-produced mix
of the expected – ‘island’ flava and pan-Pacific percussion work outs – it’s the song writing that was the biggest
revelation. The group’s leader, guitarist, songwriter and producer, Opetaia Foa’i, is of solidly Pacific stock
(Tokelau andTuvalu) and has been described as “one of New Zealand’s finest songwriters”.
On Amataga we can see why. Foa’i’s songs not only celebrate Pacific culture (Majestic Dance and the possibly
tongue-in-cheek Paradise) but are also by turn thoughtful (Big As You Are and a rueful My Sunny Days),
heartfelt and topical. There’s a song about the MH370 air disaster, and another highlighting the under-reported
struggle for freedom in Indonesian-occupied West Papua with the chanted refrain: “West Papua/ With you now/ Freedom/ Freedom now”.
Foa’i has dedicated this album to those trying to do something about injustice and the state of the planet; and
with Amataga, Te Vaka show they have the music to back it up.

Froots Magazine UK by Phil Wilson
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