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by Te Vaka

…”There is live feeling to this recording, especially evident on the vibrant, dynamic log drumming track "Vevela" and the evocative didgeridoo in "Luga Ma Lalo"... AMANADA MILLS New Zealand Musician Magazine
Genre: World: South Pacific
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Havili
4:01 $0.99
2. Taku uo pele
3:46 $0.99
3. Luga ma lalo
4:31 $0.99
4. Vevela
2:30 $0.99
5. Logo te pate
3:23 $0.99
6. Moemiti
4:06 $0.99
7. Tu i fea
3:52 $0.99
8. Taumalo
2:33 $0.99
9. Lovely world
4:02 $0.99
10. Tamaiti Uma
4:52 $0.99
11. Manuia
3:26 $0.99
12. Puketu
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13. Kofu o lakau
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Album Notes
It is interesting looking back in time to the beginning of the Te Vaka journey.
My stated goal right from the start was to do something musically for the South Pacific.
Deeply inspired and in awe of the ancestors achievements ,navigational skills and how they lived, I set out to tell their stories through songs and dances to audiences all around the world.
The process of writing songs for these albums has been a fantastic journey and an emotional experience, it came in a natural progression starting with the past then moving to present time and now it is taking me into the future.
This is the 7th Te Vaka album and I am very proud of what we have achieved.
I want to thank all those, past and present, who have helped to row this very exciting and heavy canoe.
I can honestly say that I feel like the goal has been reached, the canoe has arrived and my job is done.

Opetaia Foa'i - songwriter and lead singer for Te Vaka



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WorldBeat Canada review by Kal Coat
Capping his introductory album notes to Havili, the 7th album from Polynesian fusionists, Te Vaka,
patriarch Opetaia Foa’i writes, “I can honestly say that I feel like the goal has been reached, the canoe has arrived and my job is done.” Hmmm ... taken out of context, that quote does sound foreboding. I sincerely hope that this disc does not represent a swan song for a band that deserves so much more exposure. Foa’i and his fellow South Sea explorers have amassed an amazing songbook over the years, full of stirring lyrics about the delicate environment of Pacifica and the vanishing cultures of its peoples. And, Te Vaka isn’t content to preach to the choir, their sweet masterpieces of elegant pop are immediately accessible to fresh ears around the planet. The harmonies they have invented and perfected over time have the capacity to send shivers of joy through your body. Foa’i underpins them with acoustic guitar strokes of such tone and intricacy they reflect the singing strings of the Hawaiian slack key masters. The pate or log drum; the churning percussive waves over which Te Vaka’s melodies skim is now so interwoven into their compositions as to be seamless and sinuously alive. And, with the maturity of each passing album, Te Vaka continues to stretch out. Midway though ‘Lovely World’, a compelling showpiece on Havili, which actually belies the title by mourning the lack of common decency in the modern world and the noise of the big machine, electric guitarist Neil Forrest sets up a quiet storm of textured atmospheres over violin and cello. It’s one of many sublime moments on a disc that captures the Havili (blowing breeze) from a paradise hopefully never forgotten.


MUSIC from Elsewhere Review by Graham Reid
Te Vaka have refined and defined a particular kind of pan-Pacific pop with its roots in tradition but driven by ringing folk-rock guitars as much as percussion, and on this melody-stacked album writer-singer Opetaia Foa'i and band seem to have hit a new peak.

It is almost as if their relocation from New Zealand to Australia has pulled them back to what they did best, but also that they have been reinvigorated by their new environment (which accounts for the didgeridoo on Luga ma lalo).

With log drums alongside a standard drum kit, electric guitars beside acoustic, and children's voices as well as hefty male chanting, these 13 tracks -- recorded in just three weeks in Australia and Auckland -- have a vibrancy and freshness which leaps off the disc.

Logo te pate has urgency and a terrific chorus, Moemiti delivers with a slightly off-beat funk edge, the scene setting instrumental Tuamalo sounds like it was recorded right on a Pacific beach before the rains came, and Lovely World is gentle folk with soulful singing by Olivia Foa'i and an arrangement which allows for cello, violin and cannoning drums.

Tamaiti uma -- with the children's voices behind Opetaia's yearning vocals - manages to avoid the tweeness which the sound of little kids can often dictate.

Punctuated by percussion interludes and ending with the reflective Kofu o lakau, this album (their seventh?) finds Te Vaka at a musical peak and Opetaia's universal concerns -- positivity and hope, the loss of friends, the gift of family -- make this a heartfelt album on every level.

Summer always seems at hand when Te Vaka are around.

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By Graham Reid, posted Nov 7, 2011