Sunday, August 30, 2015

They Have a Dream: Te Vaka and "Moemiti"



South Pacific and New Zealand group Te Vaka brings us our random tune for the day, Moemiti. 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. Moemiti is from their 2011 album, Havili. The song urges us to "Seize and Hold on tight to your dreams, never let them go..."