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Original Contemporary Pacific Music
Te Vaka
Original Contemporary Pacific Music
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Te Vaka
Title: Original Contemporary Pacific Music
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arc Music
Release Date: 6/10/1997
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Australia & New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Polynesian Music, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 5019396140127

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Utterly magical
J. Kramer | Santa Clara, CA USA | 09/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd isn't just a random collection of pretty tunes; it tells the story of the people of the island of Tokelau, and more generally, of all Pacific Islanders. Te Vaka means "the ship" and even if you aren't from the Pacific, you can imagine the importance of ships to people living on far-flung islands. In the first cut, "Tokelau" is not so much a song as setting a stage, as if you've landed on the island; first you hear the surf, then you hear the birdsong as you move inland, and finally you hear the sounds of an active village, with children laughing and people talking as they work. You're then treated to a joyful paean to "Te Namo," the lagoon, the focus of life on the island and the source of many happy childhood memories, sung by adults and children. "Papa E" is the story of the longing of a man who had to leave Tokelau to go make a living elsewhere. In "Tagi Sina" (goddess of the moon) you hear the love and utter heartbreak of a woman left behind when slavers came and took her family; in the 1900's these islands were decimated by slavers who were looking for people to work the mines of Peru. She is talking to the moon goddess, asking her to watch over her lost family and to bring them safely home. "Te Vaka" is a powerful rowing song; you feel like you're on an ocean-going canoe with the paddlers, and it's not a lazy little paddle on a lake, either; these guys are pros who are giving it their all on the deep blue sea. And for sheer happy silliness, "Ika Ika" is the song of a hungry man singing the praises of fish, knowing lunch is on the way. This is a stunning cd, the like of which you will not see anywhere else. Full of heart and fire, grief and joy, this is the real deal, exquisitely performed and beautifully recorded, and very near my all-time favorite cd."
Great Pacific Contemporary Album
r_wolfgramm | Salt Lake City, Utah | 01/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album was a welcome change from what type of music that generally comes out of the Pacific (rehashed reggae covers of other artist's songs). Hopefully that trend will end. Te Vaka is thoroughy original and true to it's Pacific roots despite the use of modern instruments. It's fun when it needs to be fun and serious when it deals with issues that are serious. (Tagi Sina) None of it is pretentious and overall, it's a brilliant composition. A definite must have!"
Roger W. Macdonald-evoy | 08/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I highly recommend this and any other Te Vaka CD. Nice rhythms."