Saturday, January 16, 2010

CD Review: South Pacific's Te Vaka

Warm Earth Records

The New Zealand-based Te Vaka is an award-winning group that comprises members from New Zealand, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, and Tuvalu. Haoloto (Free) is the most recent worldwide release. It features some traditional choruses, Pacific Island percussion, modern keyboards, and fusion pop-beats. The music incorporates catchy melodies and electronic beats indicative of Enigma mixed with a touch of Australia's Yothu Yindi. The modern music style and South Pacific drumming sounds highlight Te Vaka's strengths and diverse cultural connections. In fact, it is difficult to find fault with anything they do. The music is filled with vivacity and richness. The lyrics are in Samoan, Tokelauan, Tuvaluan, and English. English translations are provided in the liner notes. If you enjoy the sounds of the South Pacific diaspora, then discover Te Vaka today. Haoloto is a breeze of fresh, South Pacific air. ~ Matthew Forss

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