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Te Vaka — Te Namo
Album: Te Vaka
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:53
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(The Lagoon)

Fakateletele i te namo ki iuta
Fakatu pehe taumuliava
Te Lahu, Te Tufa, Te Loto, Te Alohi
Kikila i tamaliki ma tupu laga

He ma pehe
He ma pehe Tokelau

Fesili ake pe fano ki fea
Saloa na fetu kua motoki

Te gali ote aso tenei
Te matagi kua agiagi mai
Manulele kua eva ki luga
I te gali ote aso tenei
Fano atu ki luga o te tai
Fakateletele ai toku vaka
Te gali ote aso tenei
Te matagi kua agiagi mai

Ooh te namo Te matagi
Ooh te namo

ma tamaliki Ooh te namo
Manulele
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 wtango wrote:
I love this, thanks Bill!
Reminds me of "Moana" - an unexpected gem of a movie AND soundtrack.
 
I sat down to watch this with the grandkids and a massive frown.  Unfortunately, I found it was a beautifully made movie, with splendid animation and sensitive storytelling.  I might need to watch it again.  Doh.
Thank you ... for PSD
I love this, thanks Bill!
Reminds me of "Moana" - an unexpected gem of a movie AND soundtrack.
Opening descending chord progression seems to mimic the opening to "Time Was" by Wishbone Ash...
Love this.
This is gorgeous! Thanks, RP...
 kingart wrote:
The National, Radiohead and other droners sing in perfectly fine English—and not nearly so upbeat and energizing as these folks, making fine sounds with roots in another language and culture altogether. wazzup? 
 
{#Stupid} not quite sure what the point is you are trying to make here.
The children's chorus is smooth. Good  Song.   {#Dance}
The National, Radiohead and other droners sing in perfectly fine English--and not nearly so upbeat and energizing as these folks, making fine sounds with roots in another language and culture altogether. wazzup? 
 Proclivities wrote:

Somehow I knew there would be a Pink Floyd reference somewhere in the comments - even for this song  There seems to be one in the comments for every song on the playlist.  At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma".
 
I can't hear any more PF in this than I can hear "Schools Out" by Alice Cooper or "Grandad" by Clive Dunn.  Just kids singing...
 kingart wrote:
Nice! 
Translation, please.
 

 
I agree.  Nice.  Google translates shows the language as Maori?  Sooooo....at the risk of erroneous translation here goes nuthin'...

"Increases the risk of poisoning
Such anonymous mistake
Tea, Tuhituhi, Heart, Love
Take a child and grow up
It is white
There is a Tokelau art
ask where to fly where
The stars have dropped

(Children's Chorus)
This is a long time ago
The wind blows
Upgrade birds
This is a long time ago
Turn on the beach
Increasing my boat
This is a long time ago
The wind blows

(Then first stanza is repeated back and forth between man and children)

I'm sorry The wind
I'm sorry
my baby I'm sorry
Birds"

(I'm sure the translation does poor service to the song but.....) 
 Proclivities wrote:

Somehow I knew there would be a Pink Floyd reference somewhere in the comments - even for this song  There seems to be one in the comments for every song on the playlist.  At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma".
dance 

 


"At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma". "


Wait: you know about this?!?!? {#Whipit}

BTW: do you have endless supply of cartoon/comic strip images? Not that I'm complainin'. 
 hayduke2 wrote:


look up Ashley Bickerton

 
Nice referral to Ashley. He's quite the character.
 netraam wrote:
Please stop this.

 
I would if I could. 
I'm liking this. Thanks for the variety, RP. Sometimes it really hits home. {#Cheers}
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/te-namo-lagoon.html
https://www.tevaka.com/

Not so sure I wanted to know the translation but to my surprise I found this site & there you go English lyrics.

Rp always plays stuff I have no idea what is said but love what is played.

The very best place to hear the best!
 Ashloh wrote:
Superb
 

 
agreed! {#Cheers}
Nice! 
Translation, please.
 
 triviagal wrote:

.....   annnnnnnddd queue the "teacher - leave us kids alone"

 
Somehow I knew there would be a Pink Floyd reference somewhere in the comments - even for this song  There seems to be one in the comments for every song on the playlist.  At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma".
dance 
Superb
 
Really like this song.  Thanks once again, RP, for enriching my life with wonderful music.


look up Ashley Bickerton
From Wikipedia:

Most of their songs are written in Tokelauan language, reflecting the heritage of band founder, singer, and main songwriter, Opetaia Foa'i. Foa'i was born in Western Samoa, to a Tokelauan father and aTuvaluan mother, and raised in a Tokelauan community in New Zealand. He has said that the inspiration for his music comes from his multi-cultural upbringing. However, some songs are also written inSamoan and Tuvaluan languages, which are the native tongues of most of the other band members. 

doktorpsilo wrote:
Really? It sounds Tahitian to me...
 

mojoman wrote:
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.

 
kh808 wrote:
Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  

 

 

 


Really? It sounds Tahitian to me...
 

mojoman wrote:
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.

 
kh808 wrote:
Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  

 

 


{#Daisy}
"the fair haired Dalai Lamaaaaaa"?  Time to stop working and find a good Bourbon.....The Universe is speaking..
Please stop this.
 mojoman wrote:
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.
 
you mean we sound like the rest of the world?  Coooool.
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.

 
kh808 wrote:
Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  

 


Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  
Don't know, but sounds pretty joyful to me.  Is that allowed here?
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 
.....   annnnnnnddd queue the "teacher - leave us kids alone"
 Cynaera wrote:
I like this song. Kids included. It adds an innocence to a fierce tribal background.  NO idea what they're singing, but it's my first listen, so I'm just absorbing it. . . . For now, I just love those child-vocals.  The rhythm and the mood - wonderful....
 
It's as soothing as a visit to a tropical beach on a sunny day.
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 


Newspaper article about "The Simpsons"'s Grandpa Simpson: "Old Man Yells At Cloud"
 shawshank wrote:

 
Dang it, now I'm going to have to watch Lilo & Stitch with the kids when I get home.
Wonderful music from Oceania! I can just see the palm trees waving in the wind. Thanks for keeping the stream polylinguistic and intergenerational!
"More dookieeeeeee!!!"

 miahfost wrote:

Dear sir,

   You scare me.

Sincerely,

A. Person 
 
They all scare me down there.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
We were doing fine until the kids started singing. Then I had to hit PSD.
 

PSD ??    ''Pops Son Daniel'' ? lol
We were doing fine until the kids started singing. Then I had to hit PSD.
I totally agree with Manbirdio !

I love how diverse RP is.  Thank you for this. 


I love kids but they do nothing for this song.
i am feeling this song....kids especially. :-)
 Magellan18 wrote:
no kids - no future
very simple
like this too
 
To those anti-kid people: These children are singing. They're not out terrorizing neighborhoods or dreaming up new ways to torture puppies. They are singing.

Where's the wrong in that?


no kids - no future
very simple
like this too
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 
wait til you have kids!!!!


I like this song. Kids included. It adds an innocence to a fierce tribal background.  NO idea what they're singing, but it's my first listen, so I'm just absorbing it. I'll analyze it later.  For now, I just love those child-vocals.  The rhythm and the mood - wonderful.... {#Sunny}
Pretty itty bitty ditty.



 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 

I could not disagree more.{#No}
I'm impressed, another song in my library I would never have thought I would hear on a radio station; well played!{#Cheers}

 Misterfixit wrote:
So, Dear Sharkey, thus ends my response to your response.  I'll go ahead and scroll upwards to see if any more responses are necessary to illuminate the Illuminati, so to speak.  As for my various marriages:  Well Sir or Madame, I finally settled on a good ole Oregon Farm Cowgirl who can shoot a .44 magnum better than I can.
 
Dear sir,

   You scare me.

Sincerely,

A. Person 
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 
Having starred on a couple of records as a former childhood singer, I feel suitably qualified to agree with your comment
{#Sealed}
 
I love the kids' voices. {#Wave}
May be sad, but I agree with Dogpound.  Worse than the Michellin ads. Please.
This is kind of nice. I rather like it.
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 

Nothing makes something worse than your sad little comment.




nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
Wow layed back in a dugout.. with these guys paddling me over a crystal clear Lagoon >> Full marks RP
Drowning in sugar.
Woo Hoo!  Tuituila!  Hey, listen to the Katrinas some time too ..

This never fails to make me smile. Thanks for bringing back such fond childhood memories of growing up in Samoa in the 1970s.

More Te Vaka on RP. There are five albums to choose from Bill!
THis is one of those tracks that makes you say "aahhhh"


This song is good for the ears...


I dig!{#Dancingbanana}
One of the finest amateur children's choirs ever to attempt a pop song... {#Stupid}
Very Cool.
 ziggytrix wrote:

If only there were some sort of convention for facetious writings on the internet...

{#Rolleyes}
 
You could read my latest book.


 Papernapkin wrote:

Are you kidding, they listen to Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cougar at Homeland. Yes, this is definitely submersive.
 
Very Submersive!  Some of the comments herein absolute torpedo me.  And I suspect that they listen to Sousa Marching Band mostly.

Which, by the way, about 100 years ago it was reported that a member of the Chinese Embassy delegation to Washington DC remarked that listening to Sousa marches always gave him an erection.

Bit o'trivia there.

 sharkey wrote:


Idiot! There's more than the U S of A in this world. What exactly did you learn in school? Oops, sorry. Just red (not read) your song comments and picked up that your from Nashville. Sorry!!!
 
Gee, Sharkey, I just now read your comment back to my comment.  The English word for what I originally wrote is "Satire".  And "Your" is spelled "You're".  Next time, try to contain that Leftie Exuberance and see the usefulness of satire before firing off a blast from the angry side of your world.  Hopefully you are not always angry at SOMEthing .... and THAT is sarcasm.

Oh, OK, I'll spell what I meant out:  The reference to DHS and all the nut-jobs inside the Beltway (Washington DC) refer to the — well, the Nutjobs, cranks, Zealots, and diverse Jingoists who just plain don't like anyone except "Americans"   Never defining what constitutes and "American", of course; when we all know that even the descriptor "American" is incorrect, both actually and politically..

Ah, yes, and further FYI, My Dear Sharkey:  I read, write and speak the following languages with the annotated levels of fluency (as attested by my last Defense Language Institute testing scores:

Spanish - Latin American - Level 3 out of 5 levels, 5 being a native-born speaker)  I lived and worked at destabilizing governments in Central America for many years; sure had to know the lingo;

German - Level 2 (never could put "To a hässlicher Amerikaner, Ausländer", into the Future Pluperfect tense)

Korean - South - Level 2 (1 year at language school and 1 year in country and still can't read actual Chinese Characters, which educated Koreans use in their high-falutin' newspapers); oh yes, and I was married to one, too.

Vietnamese - South - Level 3 ('cause I was married to one, maybe?)

Italian - Level 3 ('cause I was married to one of them too)

So, Dear Sharkey, thus ends my response to your response.  I'll go ahead and scroll upwards to see if any more responses are necessary to illuminate the Illuminati, so to speak.  As for my various marriages:  Well Sir or Madame, I finally settled on a good ole Oregon Farm Cowgirl who can shoot a .44 magnum better than I can.

Cheers from Nashville, Music City, USA


 tm wrote:
Sometimes I think it's hard to convey sarcasm in text...
 
If only there were some sort of convention for facetious writings on the internet...

{#Rolleyes}
 mirland wrote:
Painful to say the least....
 
agreed.
Painful to say the least....
This is fun.  The comments are even funnier.  Sometimes I think it's hard to convey sarcasm in text...  As a multi-linguist I found the hardest part of learning another language to be the subtleties of humour. 
 cattail321 wrote:

calming..................The Poose...ur a PIG{#Puke}
 

I think you completely misunderstood Poose's comment. 
I've looked and looked for this song...can't find it.

anyone knows where I might ba able to download it?

nevermind....found it, but not on the CD listed on the song file, but it is this CD too.


The kids safe this one for me.
 sharkey wrote:

Why? English is not the only language in the world. Respect other peoples cultures. How many languages do you speak?.
 
calming..................The Poose...ur a PIG{#Puke}
dot.tk on Tokelau... Tokelau magic ... all about islands... 


 Misterfixit wrote:
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, whatever .. foreigners, anyway. Wonder if HomeLand Security knows about this music? Sounds subversive to me ...
 
Are you kidding, they listen to Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cougar at Homeland. Yes, this is definitely submersive.
 Misterfixit wrote:


Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, whatever .. foreigners, anyway. Wonder if HomeLand Security knows about this music? Sounds subversive to me ...
 

Idiot! There's more than the U S of A in this world. What exactly did you learn in school? Oops, sorry. Just red (not read) your song comments and picked up that your from Nashville. Sorry!!!


 ziggytrix wrote:
I thought it sounded very much like Hawaiian...

 
ThePoose wrote:
You mean, ''Damn Polynesian children: can't they just sing in English?'' At any rate, damn them all—right?
 
 
Why? English is not the only language in the world. Respect other peoples cultures. How many languages do you speak?.


I'm a sucker for kid choruses, what can I say?
Reminds me of Stitch. 

I thought it sounded very much like Hawaiian...

 
ThePoose wrote:
You mean, ''Damn Polynesian children: can't they just sing in English?'' At any rate, damn them all—right?
 


inindian wrote:
I have a strong bias towards this band..not just because they promote good family values and having fun..they are my friends. They are a family in the true sense and it's their family business that supports about 8..or more people. How cool that is! They were until last year based in New Zealand but have recently moved to Australia to further promote their musical life-style. All the best Te Vaka

Go Kiwis! Reminds me of one of the most magical experiences of my life, playing with lion cubs at a "petting zoo" outside of Rotorua. Kind of ironic, considering how many comments here seem to confuse this with "African music" . . .

I think this has an uplifting, optomistic feeling perfect for today, as I wait for my son to be born. Wish us luck!

formersnowbug wrote:
It always bugs me when well-meaning white Americans think they have to like something like this because someone from Africa made it. Pier 1 is full of cheap crap. I don't care that it's from Guatamala. It's still crap. Buying it doesn't absolve you of spending $7 on the latté before you got there. Did I say that out loud?
And you pay how much every month for your internet service in order to post such disparaging comments herein? Well, your comment was over a year ago, so perhaps by now you have found an appreciation for that which you don't like.
aeknust wrote:
Damn african children - can't they just sing in English?
You mean, ''Damn Polynesian children: can't they just sing in English?'' At any rate, damn them all--right?
peregrin wrote:
hmmm ... let's see ... "Te Vaka is a unique group of twelve musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand ... " ... nope, definitely no African in there ... that's about as Polynesian as they come
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, whatever .. foreigners, anyway. Wonder if HomeLand Security knows about this music? Sounds subversive to me ...
Ohhhhhhhooooooooooooaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....sorry no can go there
Please go vote for Te Vaka. (click here)
um this is pretty much the shit totally rocking my world right now
Very pretty :sunny:
I need to get back to the lazy, breazy, waves rolling in, not a care in the world, not a dime to my name, swaying in the hammock, loving life place that are the islands -- this just drives that home... :sunny:
peregrin wrote:
hmmm ... let's see ... "Te Vaka is a unique group of twelve musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand ... " ... nope, definitely no African in there ... that's about as Polynesian as they come
The lyrics are primarily in Tokelauan (a "dependency" of New Zealand). Wish I could get a translation.
aeknust wrote:
Damn african children - can't they just sing in English?
hmmm ... let's see ... "Te Vaka is a unique group of twelve musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands, and New Zealand ... " ... nope, definitely no African in there ... that's about as Polynesian as they come
phrawzty wrote:
A nice track, but i could have done without the children singing to be perfectly honest. Still a nice break from the everyday, though.
Damn african children - can't they just sing in English?
I'm curious myself as to the translation. But neither Google nor Babel Fish have Hawaiian/Samoan/etc. to English as an option. :ask: :ask:
Fakateletele i te namo ki iuta Fakatu pehe taumuliava Te Lahu, te Tufa, te Loto, Te Alohi Kikila i tamaliki ma tupu laga He ma pehe He ma pehe Tokelau Fesili ake pe fano ki fea Saloa na fetu kua motoki Te gali ote aso tenei Te matagi kua agiagi mai Manulele kua eva ki luga I te gali ote aso tenei Fano atu ki luga o te tai Fakateletele ai toku vaka Te gali ote aso tenei Te matagi kua agiagi mai Ooh te namo Te matagi Ooh te namo ma tamaliki Ooh te namo Manulele _________________________________ Anyone,..transelate?
pattiecovert wrote:
Wouldn't it be funny if the words were gibberish, that the singer is just insane?
datooha ta ma likkie! :tongue: or am I being rude now?
Nice change
A nice track, but i could have done without the children singing to be perfectly honest. Still a nice break from the everyday, though.
Very likeable, but it does help that it reminds me of Polynesia....
Wouldn't it be funny if the words were gibberish, that the singer is just insane?
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
BTW if anyone here wants some Polynesian music with a bit of grunt in it check out Tahi (roots mix) from Moana and the Moa Hunters.
Yeah, Moana and the Moa Hunters have a pretty cool Maori based sound. They are domiciled in New Zealand but tour almost everywhere else but there, much like Te Vaka who have recently moved to Australia.
BTW if anyone here wants some Polynesian music with a bit of grunt in it check out Tahi (roots mix) from Moana and the Moa Hunters.
FlatCat wrote:
Fingernails on the blackboard. Way too precious for my tastes. And I love world music in general.
The pain of child labor!! :lol: :wink: I like it. Reminds me of where I grew up. Life was tough. Down at the beach all day. Slow waves rolling in, collecting mussels off the rocks, playing guitars under the trees.. you know, pure evil.
Fingernails on the blackboard. Way too precious for my tastes. And I love world music in general.
Most excellent, and showing the diversity that is "world music"...music from our world, and not just the tiny little piece most listeners here know. Thanks for the mind-stretch, Bill.
I have a strong bias towards this band..not just because they promote good family values and having fun..they are my friends. They are a family in the true sense and it's their family business that supports about 8..or more people. How cool that is! They were until last year based in New Zealand but have recently moved to Australia to further promote their musical life-style. All the best Te Vaka :cheers:
Hey Teacher leave them kids alone!!!
:clap: :dance: :clap: :arrowd: snap! hi gb! awww! now that's not nice :whipit: as usual! ... now, that's a whole lot better :curtain: don't you think, thank you
Aw, the children singing is just Precious, don't you think? And then a pan flute. Awwww. Hi M! See you are up late/early again! Ouch! I was feeling snarky.
splooge wrote:
African? I believe it's Samoan.
Yup. The Wikipedia entry says that while they operate out of New Zealand, they do a mostly Samoan style, since the lead singer was born there. Both Polynesian languages (of which Samoan and Maori are examples) and Bantu languages (much but not all of sub-Saharan Africa, including Swahili, which would cover a lot of African music heard abroad) have fewer vowels and consonants than English; I believe they both also allow reduplication, so they could sound a bit similar to an inexperienced ear. However, since the Wikipedia artist link is right there on the song info page, one can always get the correct information before posting :o).
Loving the tribal style... For some reason, it reminds me of some of the work by Not Drowning, Waving...especially the Tabaran CD. Check NDW out (click here)