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18 Jul 2018 - Te Vaka performs "Songs of Moana" live with Orchestra

 A brief trip to New Zealand this month saw 4 very rare and unsurprisingly, sold out, concerts from Te Vaka. It was a unique and powerful collaboration between Opetaia Foa'i, Te Vaka and 3 different New Zealand Orchestras (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington), resulting in the live experience: "Songs of Moana". Having many of the same voices and musicians found on the movie's soundtrack, and supported by the power of 60-something-piece orchestras, the show was an undeniable hit among adults and children alike. 

"Every single item was stirring, effective, and excellently executed, holding the attention of and entertaining all in the audience, young and old...." "...It’s fair to say that Songs of Moana was a huge success..." - Ihlara McIndo, The Wave 

"In the case of Moana, the music's sheer musicality and character carries it safely through to the other side, especially when it is performed with high spirited verve by a group which has established itself as one of today's leading musical voices of the Pacific." - Christopher Moore, The Press 

"The area in front of the stage was soon swarming with children dancing and singing their hearts out, and the rest of the audience were captivated by the band’s superb renditions of these well-known songs." - Mike Crowl, Otago Daily Times 



21 May 2018 - Moana wins at the Billboard Awards 

Moana soundtrack winner Billboard Music Awards


18 April 2018 - Nomination news

 It has been a great year for "Lakalaka" so far, currently a finalist in the ISC "World Music" category and nominated in 3 Pacific Music Awards Categories: Best Pacific Music Video (directed by Olivia Foa'i), Best Pacific Song and Best Pacific Language (Awards show to be held May 24th). In addition, our manager Julie Foa'i is nominated once again at the Music Manager's Forum this year in 2 categories this time, "International Achievement" and "Manager of the Year". 


28th November,2017 - Moana is nominated for two Grammys

Mark Mancina, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foai, Tom MacDougal

 Opetaia Foa'i, Lin-Manuel Miranda,  Mark Mancina & Tom MacDougal are nominated for: 

"Moana: The Songs" for "Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media,"

The awards will be held in New York on the 28th of January 2018 - watch this page.....!

19th November, 2017 - Moana wins "Top Soundtrack" at the AMA's

Moana Soundtrack - Top Soundtrack award

Up against Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and TrollsMoana    (music co-written by Opetaia Foa'i and Lin-Manual Miranda and scored by Mark Mancina) takes Top Soundtrack in the 2017 American Music Awards!





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