A Visit to the South Seas
Folk Music & Beyond Playlist for December 9, 2019
Hour 1: A Visit to the South Seas with Sandy Miranda
We’ll hear music from Samoa, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, & Tonga, plus my recordings of some wild singing and drumming from Rangiroa.
Te Vaka (Tokelau / Samoa / New Zealand) / #1 Iuliana / South Pacific Islands / Putumayo
Telek (Papua New Guinea) / #4 Abebe / ″ / ″
Te Vaka / #5 Haloa Olohega / ″ / ″
Ok! Ryos (New Caledonia) / #6 Nengone Nodegu / ″ / ″
O-shen (Papua New Guinea) / #9 Siasi / ″ / ″
The Tahitian Heiva, July 4 through July 20—
“the joy of living and the spirit of love.”
Wagi Brothers Bamboo Band (PNG) / #3 / Musical Mariner: Pacific Journey / Mercury, PBS
Ute Tahiti (Tahiti) / #8 / ″ / ″
Tahiti Fete (Tahiti) / #11 Heiva I Tahiti / ″ / ″
Faanui (Tahiti) / #7 Aparima (San Antonio Rose, B Wills) / Coco’s Temaeva / Manutit France
Aroha Tiara Tahiti (Tahiti) / #6 I’ll Never Forget You / Heiva I Tahiti / ARC 1979, Fanshawe
Himene Tarava Point Venus / #3 Himene / ″ / ″
Drum Dance (Aitutaki) / #1 / South Pacific Island Music 1978 / David Fanshawe / Nonesuch Exp.
Inenetuki (Mangaia Island) / #4 / ″ / ″
Faikava Love Song (Tonga) / #6 / ″ / ″
Fangufangu Nose Flute (Tonga) / #8 / ″ / ″
Pan Pipes and Night Roar (Solomon Islands) / #16 / ″ / ″
Inene Tarava (Tahiti) / #28 / ″ / ″
Last in this set, we’ll hear music from Vanuatu, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), and Rapa Iti. The first is a song to empower you. The second, a collaboration between musicians from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Sulawesi. And the last one has a good story....
In 1991, a Frenchman named Pascal Nabet-Meyer heard of unique choral singing in quarter-tonal voices on Rapa Iti. He realized that he had to get recording equipment that would work in 98% humidity, so he Went to the ethnomusicology dept. at the Bishop museum. Found out the last recording was made in 1906. I heard singing like this in Raitea 40 years ago in a coral church. It made me weep.
Leweton Cultural Experience Women (Vanuatu) / #6 Rim Rim Saig / Small Island / Big Song
Performers from Rapa Nui (Easter Island) & Paiwan (Sulawesi) / #18 Reprise / ″ / ″
The Tahitian Choir (Rapa Iti) / Morotiri Nei / The Tahitian Choir / Triloka
Te Vaka is a Pacific band with many roots. Disney tapped them.
Te Vaka (Pacific) / #5 Alamagoto / Nukuhehe / Spirit of Play Productions 3:41
My interview cut #3 5:40
Te Vaka / #4 Kaluve pepe / Haoloto / Spirit of Play Productions 3:31
My interview cut #4 3:50
Te Vaka / Samulai / Tutuki / Spirit of Play Productions 5:24
Cultural consultants Frank and Hinano, Moorea, worked with Disney. Problem with Maui, counsel of locals. Not fat and bald! He is “Hawaiian Superman.”
He asked for the movie in Tahitian, 2000 free copies for schools, NGOs, dancing groups.
“That story is us.”—Hinano’s mom. Navigation, seafaring, first (and only) movie in Tahitian.
Local people cried when they saw it.
“We want our language to live.”—Hinano
“Now we get 3 hours of Tahitian taught each week in schools. Our kids MUST be anchored in our language and culture.”—Hinano
Mamas & Papas (Moorea) / on board the Paul Gaugain
Mamas & Papas / songs and drums / ″
Tumuenua Dance Group (Cook Islands) / #8 Rarotonga Nui / Cook Island Drums, Chants, & Songs / Ode 4:00
Tumuenua Dance Group / #5 Ko Iro Te Taunga (God of the Sea) / ″ / ″ 3:00
Tonga—my next stop
Siu Tuita (Tonga) / #4 Tau’olunga 4:24 / Chants from the Kingdom of Tonga / ARC
Tongan Elders / #5 Shell and nose flute / ″ / ″ 4:58
Latied of Ha’apai Group / #11 Lakalaka Hihifo / ″ / ″
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash / Jimmie Rodgers Medley No. 2 / ″ / ″
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash / Living the Blues / ″ / ″