Te Vaka

Te Vaka

 Wailuku, Hawaii, USA
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Transcending the seams of Maori and Pasifik culture, Pacific Curls have travelled the world with their impressive array of instruments: taonga puoro (Maori instruments), ukuleles, guitar, cajons, percussion, kalimba, footstomps, fiddle and those gorgeous vocals !

Biography


Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand brought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa'i. Te Vaka has been enchanting the world with their own brand of South Pacific Fusion since 1997. Using the rhythms of the log drum ("pate"), combined with traditional and contemporary instruments, Opetaia Foa'i and the band deliver a kaleidoscopic array of Pacific flavors in a genre all of its own.

Te Vaka has toured the UK, Europe, USA & other parts of the world extensively over the last 15 years, performing in such prestigious venues as Londons Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scotts nightclub. The group has headlined music festivals throughout Europe and been favourites at WOMAD festivals around the world including the WOMAD Festival in Seattle, USA. They are in demand for many important world events and have represented New Zealand and the South Pacific with performances for the Americas cup events in Auckland, the Commonwealth games in Melbourne, the Rugby World Cup in Paris and the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Opetaia Foai is the songwriter/ lead vocalist of the group. The inspiration for his music comes from his multi-cultural upbringing - half Tokelauan, half Tuvaluan, born in Samoa and bought up in a Tokelauan community in New Zealand. Opetaias musical background spans both the traditional and the diverse influences of contemporary metropolitan culture. Described as one of New Zealands finest songwriters and a true son of the Pacific, he won the Senior Pacific Artist award in 2005 for his contribution to the Pacific Arts.

Te Vaka has performed in 40 countries around the world and released seven internationally acclaimed albums to date. The first released in 1997 through ARC Music, a UK based record company, gained immediate worldwide success and recognition for the group and was distributed to over 80 countries. The second album, released in 1999 through Warm Earth Records created an even bigger impact going to number one on world music charts and on mainstream radio in the South Pacific. The third album, released in May 2002, was described as Phenomenal and gained the group a nomination in Best Roots category in the New Zealand music awards and nominations for BBC 3 World music awards in the UK. The 4th album Tutuki , entered the European World Music Charts at no. 4 & the USA Global Rhythm top 10 chart at No. 3. It won a Tui for Best Pacific Music Album in the New Zealand music awards as well as Songwriting Awards in both the USA and Australia. The fifth Te Vaka album Olatia, released in July 2007 entered the European World Music Chart at No. 4 and won a Tui for Best Pacific Album in the 2008 Pacific Music Awards. Sixth album Haoloto released in 2009, won 2 awards -Best Pacific Group 2010 and Best Pacific language song and 7th Album Havili released in 2011, is receiving rave reviews and a track from the album has won second place in the USA songwriting completion. ISC. The band has recently completed two very successful tours of North America with further tours in the pipeline for 2013.

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Lyrics

Pate Pate

Written By: Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith

tu la ki luga ke fai malama
get up stand up let your feelings be known
taimi tenei e fai na hiva
the time has come to perform the dance
tu la ki luga ke fai malama
get up stand up let your intentions be known
lue lue malie te gali o na hiva
swaying ever so sweetly the message in the dance

aue aue Oh! Oh!
tama mimita the boys are very bold
aue aue Oh! Oh!
teine mimita the girls are very bold
aue aue Oh! Oh!
hihiva mimita the dancers are very bold
aue aue Oh! Oh!
kikila mai la fakaakiali atu
Watch me now, it’s my turn to show

e a mai tau faiva e a mai
“How is the fishing with you, how is it?” (Girl)
taku ika e fofou ai au “The fish that I truly long for” (Boy)
e a mai tau faiva e a mai
“How is the fishing with you, how is it? (Girl)

CHORUS
hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve
dance on up, dance just like that
hihiva malie ki te pate pate
dancing ever so sweetly to the Pate Pate (logdrum)

chant: hiva ki luga hiva ki lalo dance on up, dance on down
hiva malie ki te pate pate
Dancing ever so sweetly to the rhythms of the log drum

Lelei ilo tenei

Written By: Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith

Kikila i mata foliga ou kitea
Te fanoanoa i faiga lalolagi
Ko halahala auala i he mea
Amanaki ke malaga kehe

Oho fiti ki luga
Hili atu tena
Tuku koe fano ki ei

Hili atu tena
Hili atu i lo tenei
Lelei atu tena
Lelei atu i lo tenei


Tagata kino tino e hafia
Tohotoho koe ki lalo lava
Tamate ai koe holomalie
Tamate ai foki to agaga


E he tatau havali
Koe i tenei heoli
Lahi na mea lelei
Kafai e ke kitea
Maua ai mea uma
Te ke iloa fiafia

Better than this

Look in the eyes
See it in their faces
Seeking searching for answers
Ways of the world
Dreaming of a different way

Jump up and down
It’s best that way
Just let yourself go

It’s best that way
It's much greater than this
It's better than that
It's much better than this

Bad man dumbing you down
Pulling you down
Killing you slowly
Killing your soul

You don't need to walk
Through all this hell
There's much good
If you look
It's all there for you
To discover just how good

Papa e

Written By: Opetaia Foai

Hihiki mai i faifaiga o te fenua
e he puli au ite olaga masani
he mafai fakapuli ite loto
ite loto o papa e
aue ite nuku o papa e

Chorus:
Aue aue Papa e
Aue Papa e
Aue aue Papa e
ite nuku o Papa e

Oku moko mokoga ke toe fanatu
i mea nae masani ai
kata lava e mua mai
te kata o Papa e
aue ite nuku o Papa e

Chorus:

Papa e Translation

Listen Listen
While I tell you of the ways of the land
I shan’t forget those familiar ways
Those joyous memories embedded in
the heart
In the heart of Papa e
In the land of Papa e

CHORUS:
Oh ! Papa e
Oh! Papa e
Oh! Papa e
In the land of Papa e

In my mind I often go there
to places that contain fondest memories
The friendliness the joy the laughter
the laughter of Papa e
In the land of Papa e

Te Mavaega

Written By: Opetaia Foai

Te Mavaega

E pa mai te aso
te mavaega
talohia manuia te malaga
e kua maopoopo
te mavaega
talohia manuia te malaga

Pukupuku na taimi tenei
tena tena
fiafia ma te katakata ki ei
pukupuku olaga tenei
tena tena
fiafia ma te katakata ki ei

E – aoaoa te loto
Te mavaega
Talohia Manuia te Malaga

Pukupuku na taimi tenei
tena tena
ko te aloha ma te agalelei
pukupuku olaga tenei
tena tena
fakamaoni ma amio lelei

E mamaha te loto
kae fofou ai au
ke toe fetaui taua
ki mua

Aganuku
Te aloha
Aga amiolelei
Te mamalu
Te kupu
Ahh tena

To Say Farewell

The day has come
To say farewell
To wish you well
On your journey
We have gathered
To say farewell
To wish you well
On your journey

Such a short time we have
That that
Just be happy and smile
This lifetime so short
That that
Just be happy and smile

Though my heart is clouded
I’m saying farewell
Wishing you well
On your journey

Such a short time we have
That that
Show love and kindness
Honesty and decency

Though my heart is heavy
My only wish is
That we meet again
Somewhere up ahead

Your Culture
Your Love
Your Spirit
Your Good Intentions
Honour and Dignity
In your word
That is all
That really matters

Samulai

Written By: Opetaia Foai

Samulai

ko au la e taofiofi toku poto
kae Katakata au ki fafo
te Agamalu taofiofi toku loto
manakomia fakamalosiga

kua malamalama tatou ki ei
fakalauefaga o tou malo
tupe lasi o vaka lasi
kua afaina ai oku manatu

te vasa pasifika
nae se nofaoga e o tautai
ka ko nei kua sisi kosolo
e te samulai

ofu mai te gali
fakataga koe i toku fale
se tino faimea-alofa mai fafo
ke pulea se tasi fakai

tau fuafuaga e fakatau toku alofa
ke mafia ai koe o saoloto
se vale lasi se mala lasi
ko faiaina ai oku manatu

TRANSLATION
Samurai

gotta hold back what I know
keep my smile on the outside
my dignity is held up inside
in need of some reinforcement

I’ve come to understand
your expanding empire plan
your big cash
your big ships
you know it affects my thinking

the pacific ocean was once
the home of the tautai
now it is being fished
by the Samurai

you come dressed to impress
invite yourself into my home
another gift bearing foreigner
controlling another’s domain

you plan to buy my love
so I give you freedom
to do as you please
a big fool
a big disappointment
you having defeated my thinking

watch out the Samurai

Tauasa

Written By: Opetaia Foai

Ko tala mai anamua
ko salalau ite fenua
saele ki motu se tagata
tona igoa ko Tauasa

Motulalo te koga avaava
Na matea ai ne ia a tino agaga
Tukutuku atu tona kete
Tafatafa e maua ai te fou

Ni isi fili fou
Ni isi sakasaka
Tino agaga

Sa puli sa galo tou iloga
Ko Salalau i fenua
Toku fenua pele o Nukufetau
Fakamatamata mimita ai au

Tele ai aia kite Maneapa
me ko talatala ne fafine
toe fifili ne latou
tena ko iloa
poto te faiga o te fou

Translation:
A story from long ago
Known throughout the land
Happened as he was walking
Around the Islet
His name was Tauasa

It was at a passage in Motulalo
That he saw these Spirits
Walking by with his basket
He was able to get a fou

Some were making fou
Some were dancing
These Spirits

Always remember this story
Known throughout the land
My beautiful island of Nukufetau
So proud it makes me so proud

He then ran to the meeting house
Asked the women to unravel the fou
Then they put it back together
That’s how they learnt
The making of the fou

Na ko koe

Written By: Opetaia Foai

Ea koe te taleni
Ma te potopotoga
Taofi te valea
Pula ou mata
Ke kitea

Ea koe te malohi
Ma te Potopotoga
Fakalahi te aloha
Te fealofani
Ke matea

Na ko koe lava e mafai
E mahai lava e koe

Ea koe te olaga
i tenei lalolagi
fakalahi te malamalama
tu hako ki ei
ke pulea

It’s your talent
And your abilities
Stop playing dumb
Open your eyes
And you will see

Its your strength
And your abilities
Increase your respect
Show it in kindness
So we can see

It’s only you that can do it
It can only be done by you

It’s your life
In this world
Increase your knowingness
Stand up to it
Be in control

Haoloto

Written By: Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith

Te hakiliiga o te haoloto
e mafai koe ke nofonofo
tokatahi te auala
taua mo tatou olaga

Fehiliiga o te mafaufau
pe mafai ke mau he tautahi
tatou he vaega
kaiga o te lalolagi

E toe foki mai
na gali na fai e koe
e toe foki mai
agahala na gaoioi
fakatu aloha
te agaga haoloto tena
tu mai ke hahaka ki ei

Tu mai hihiva mai pepehe malie
matagi te agaga te mimita
te hihiva o te haoloto

Tu mai pepehe mai hihiva malie
matagi te agaga te mimita te
hihiva o te haoloto

The search for freedom
From where you are
There is one way
Most valued by us all

There’s much Soul searching
Though we try to go to it alone
We all belong
To a bigger family
Of the world

It will return
All the good that you do
It will return
All the bad that you do
Stand with love
That’s where real freedom is
Stand up and move

Stand up to dance and sing
The warm winds comforting
Dance freely with pride
That’s the feeling
When you are free

Iuliana

Written By: Opetaia Foai

kitea koe i toku mafaufau
ofo au ite gali ou foliga
tau vaka kua taunuku
manaia o te sui o tau malaga tena
malaga vena

loto tele loto malohi
mata ola matapoto ki mea
ote lalolagi
e kikila ake i te alofa
teuteu te toko
faka tumau ai tatou

hau te matagi fakafiafia ai toku loto
o te alofa tena
paku e mataka
kamata fou ke faka poto
te agaga kimataga
ko Iuliana

fakamalamalama Iuliana
fakamakeke Iuliana
o te fiafiaga Iuliana
aue aue Iuliana

fai ai toku folafolaga
toe kave te alofa kia koe
e te lahi lele o te alofa
magamaga te lagi
te kata ki taua olaga

TRANSLATION
saw you in my mind
amazed at how beautiful
you looked
your ship has certainly landed
good fortune has come
brought by a change in your journey
the journey you took

your confidence and determination
sharp mind and quick witted
tested by our adventures
of the world
but look at all this love
I’m taking care of the one
that holds us all together

a warm wind comes
to warm my heart
and I know it to be love
shedding your skin
to begin a new
understanding
for the soul, a new beginning
for Iuliana

new understanding for Iuliana
new found strength for Iuliana
bringing much joy for Iuliana

I made a promise
to return the love
you gave to me
and there is so much love
causing the sky to open up
smiling
impressed with your new existence

Lovely World

Written By: Opetaia Foai

Lovely World [Lalolagi manaia]
E heai he haolotoga
aua te pepelo
Vagana holoi mata
e mataga te lalolagi

He malolo ke leva
e lahi mea fia fai
na leo e fakalogia
te fakamatakutaku

E iei toto i te fola
ulu valea ma fatu tafetoto
e fetoho mo he lelei
ifo ki te mahini
tena te matai

It's a lovely world
when there's freedom
from these lies
it's a lovely world
when we wipe the sleep
from our eyes

Te lalolagi te manaia
kafai e he iei e he iei
te lalolagi te mataga
kafai e iei ei e iei ei
we still got time

There's no freedom
because of lies
til' we wipe the sleep
from our eyes
there's no decency in the world

Can't rest for long
there's so much to do
for the noise we hear
is relentless fear

There's blood on the floor
Foolish heads and bleeding hearts
will always want more
worshipping the machine
now their master

It's a lovely world when there isn't
an indecent world when there

Discography

CDs:
Havili 2011
Haoloto 2009
Olatia 2007
Tutuki 2004
Nukukehe 2002
Ki mua 1999
Te Vaka 1997

DVDs:
Te Vaka Live In Concert 2006
Live at Apia Park 2003

Set List

All Original 30mins - 2hours plus. Material ranges from beautiful harmonies, log drums grooves to wild percussion and dance and tracks that demand you dance to them. Costume changes throughout - lots of action!