Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cockeyed Optimists: Te Vaka and "Lovely World"

Today's random tune is from South Pacific/New Zealand group Te Vaka. In case you're wondering about the post title, it's from the musical South Pacific. Te Vaka performs contemporary Oceanic music in a style they call South Pacific fusion. Founded in New Zealand in 1995 by Opetaia Foa'i, they have won a number of awards and have been labeled the most successful contemporary band playing Pacific music by the BBC. They use traditional instruments such as the pate and pa'u (drums) and most of their songs are written in the Tokelauan language, though some songs are in Samoan and Tuvaluan. This song, Lovely World, can be found on their 2011 album Havili.