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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rotorua Maori Concert Party - Under The Direction Of Guide Kiri

Rotorua Maori Concert Party
Under The Direction Of Guide Kiri
Stebbing Recording, Auckland
SLP 1001

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample. Presented her to share the cover art.

From the back cover: The Rotorua Maori Concert Party are direct descendants of the Arawa Tribe who migrated from Hawaiiki to New Zealand in the fourteenth century. Landing their canoes at Maketu in the Bay of Plenty, the Arawas travelled inland and settled in the lake district of Rotorua. The music of the Maori has changed but little since early times. It is full of rich harmonies and exciting rhythms. The accompaniment of the primitive nose-flute has been replaced today by the guitar – a trend which can be seen also in the music of the Hawaiians and other Polynesian races.

In this recording of Maori Action songs, Love songs and Hakas (given by the Rotorua Maori Concert Party, who perform weekly in Rotorua and make frequent tours throughout New Zealand), every endeavor has been made to capture the atmosphere of an actual performance. The microphone was placed fifteen feet from the stage and the resulting recording has such breathtaking realism you can hear the swishing of the Pui-puis (grass skirts) in the action songs

Haere Mai
Moe Mai E Hine
Taku Patu
Po Kare Kare Ana
Hoki Hoki
Puti Puti Pai
E Pari Rae
He Wa Watt (Solo Kahu Morriana)
Taku Ri Pene Pai
He Aha Kei Taku Uma
Po Ata Rau
God Save The Queen

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