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Album Review

Beginning in the late '70s, Johnny Clegg's musical efforts brought universal awareness to South Africa's mbaqanga music. Others have since followed his lead in droves, most notably Paul Simon with his Graceland album, followed by Rhythm of the Saints, which explored South American music. Now the terms "world music" and "worldbeat" are part of the vernacular. Opetaia Foa'i is accomplishing similar things with his group Te Vaka. Like Clegg, he's not an outsider who has become enchanted with the native music. Raised in a Tokelauan community, his music reflects his culture. With their second album, Ki Mua, Foa'i has taken the language and song stylings of Pacific Islands such as Tokelau, Samoa, and Tuvalu and created a unique and uplifting sound in tribute to the people of that Polynesian island group. While exotic rhythms and harmonies are at the core of Te Vaka's music, their more interesting sound results from the infusion of guitars, bass, and drum kit into their tribal elements. Of the album's 12 tracks, half of the songs incorporate this consonant union, leaving the listener with a representative balance of both the modern and ancient.

Customer Reviews

Tagaloa

Aloha, Beautiful song! I LOVE.... TE VAKA!!! Mahalo nui loa.

Te Vaka

hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve....hihiva malie ki te pate pate

Te Vaka

❤️ I still remember their concert on tour in the South Pacific Islands and am so glad their musical art can be found on iTunes. Their songs echo hundreds of years of our Oceania culture and God's eternal love. Thank you for this treasure!

Biography

Formed: New Zealand

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Te Vaka is a New Zealand based group that performs predominantly original music rooted in the Polynesian musical traditions. Te Vaka's music is exemplified by their captivating vocal harmonies and the pulsating rhythms created by the pate (log drums) merged with the contemporary influences adsorbed...
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