Te Vaka | Tutuki

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by Te Vaka

Log drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, melodious voices. There is a great diversity of sound - from log drum grooves which defy anyone to hold still to soulful ballads that can move you to tears.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Samulai
5:26 $0.99
2. Tauale mataku
4:12 $0.99
3. Lakilua
2:52 $0.99
4. Tutuki
3:08 $0.99
5. Tamahana
4:03 $0.99
6. Te Kaiga
4:31 $0.99
7. Magalogalo
3:07 $0.99
8. Uluhina
3:25 $0.99
9. Aivoli taoa
4:50 $0.99
10. Oku Tupuga
0:45 $0.99
11. Manu Samoa
3:34 $0.99
12. Te lalama
2:59 $0.99
13. Iuliana
4:12 $0.99
14. Tofa e
4:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
The fourth Te Vaka album, "Tukutuki" won "Best Pacific Music Album. The fifth track "Tamahana"has won a number of songwriting awards and the first Track "Samulai" won second place in the World music category of the USA international songwriting competition. This album has been described as "Traditional but not too provincial, funky but not too Western, polished but not too slick". In this one Opetaia takes up subjects of concern in the South Pacific such as over-fishing and AIDS but balances it well with inspired tracks about the positive aspects of Pacific life. Again, the band's stunning blend of original, traditionally influenced South Pacific Fusion has infected people all over the world with it's infectious pulsating log drum rhythms and uplifting melodies.



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Review by Songlines UK
Sumptuous stuff from Aotearoa’s Pan – Pacific Polynesian

New Zealand based band Te Vaka have consistently proved themselves to be one of the most sophisticated and professional Pacific groups around. Deserving WOMAD favourites, their performances are an impressive combination of vibrant log-drum rhythms, intricate vocal harmonies and hip-swivelling island dancing.
But while their three previous recordings have all been pretty good, to my ear Te Vaka have never quite captured the exuberance of their big live shows. Until now, that is. Remaining true to their mixed Tuvalu/Tokelau/Samoa/Cook Island/Maori roots, Tutuki (Play the Beat) finds all the right balances; traditional but not too provincial, funky but not too Western, polished but not too slick. Frontman composer and co –producer Opetaia Foa’i has used his instinctive feel for the innate beauty of the Pacific melody, along with flawless production, to create a very spacious and elegant album.
A lyrically diverse collection, the opening ‘Samulai’ (Samurai) addresses Japanese overfishing of the Pacific, but is almost reminiscent of South African township jive, the deep male voices a counterpoint to the delicate female backing. Elsewhere ‘Manu Samoa’ praises the sporting/warrior talents of the Samoan culture, while ‘Tauale Mataku”(Terrifying disease) is a moving tribute to the Pacific region’s growing AIDS problem.
On several tracks the band unleashes their formidable and rhythmically complex log drumming, and there’s no shortage of intense, thigh slapping percussion on the brief Maori haka influenced track ‘Oku Tupuga’.
Strong, stylish and sweet, Tutuki is an inspired album that could well prove to be Te Vaka’s most successful recording yet.


Review - NZ Musician magazine by Mahinarangi Tocker
World Class! 14 tracks of Polynesian emotion in various Pacific languages, including one in English. I have long enjoyed Te Vaka in live performance and am a fan of leader/songwriter Opetaia Foa’i. On ‘Tutuki’, he takes us with Te Vaka to their clarity of sound. From the first pipe notes that dress your ears for the funkiness of track one, Samulai, you will be driven musically to feel the warmth of whanau love, intimacy, heart love and dance. Vocally and instrumentally this is a fine recording performance. Guest vocalists Annie Crummer and Chris Thompson are surrounded by beauty from the lead vocals of Douglas Bernard (aka Fresh), Sulata, Melodee Panapa, Opetaia Foa’i – just to name some of the marvelous voices on this album. The instrumentalists too give performances of ease and freshness. Te Vaka’s ‘Tutuki’gets better with each listen. My favourite tracks? All of them. Out on Warm Earth Records.