Archive for the ‘Moana’ Category

The Tahitian Choir

May 1, 2007

Tahitian Choir

A thousand miles southeast of Tahiti lies the last piece of land before the South Pole. The island of Rapa Iti . It is home to approximately 320 people of Polynesian descent. Their church music has been influenced by Christian hymns but it remains very much an ancient polyphonic music that is sung in quarter-tones. This ancient music is kept very much alive by the whole population on Rapa Iti. The music on this CD is sung by the island’s 126 voice choir. Prior to this recording, the only one found by Pascal Nabet-meyer, the ethno-musicologist who did this recording, was a wax cylinder from 1906 found in the Bishop Museum in Hawaii. This form of Polynesian music is so unique it is almost impossible to describe. There are haunting similarities to an ancient unrhymical forms of Hebrew Cantillation which date back to the Temple in Jerusalem. And there is another early singing style called heterophony found in the Western Isles of Scotland. This is truly world music.


The Art of Bobby Holcomb

April 24, 2007

Holcomb Moon

Moana Maniapoto

February 1, 2007


Maori musical elements and contemporary western grooves. In the 1990s, Moana & the Moahunters stamped their mark across the NZ music scene, releasing 2 CDs and taking their music to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (USA), Cultural Olympiad and Womadelaide (Australia). In 2002, she formed Moana & the Tribe, and took her music to Europe on the back of the CD Toru. In 2003, Moana & the Tribe launched the NZ feature film The Whale Rider into Germany. They were also the first N.Z band to release a Music DVD into Germany, Live & Proud. Through their recordings and live performances, the band has quickly cemented its reputation as one of the most successful indigenous groups to emerge from Aotearoa. Moana’s lyrics reflect the Maori spiritual, cultural and political reality. Yet they contain universal values.

Oceania Map

January 10, 2007

Oceania Map

E Komo Mai Moana Celebrating the Maile

January 1, 2007

Flower Leis