Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Children Cry Out: Te Vaka and "Tamaiti Uma"

The random tune for today is called Tamaiti Uma and is by the Oceanic group Te Vaka. From the South Pacific and New Zealand, Te Vaka performs contemporary Oceanic music in a style they call South Pacific fusion. Founded 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. Tamaiti Uma can be found on their 2011 album Havili. The song's title means "all children."