Amataga

by Te Vaka

Released 09/25/2015
Warm Earth Records
Released 09/25/2015
Warm Earth Records
Nominated for: World music Category of ISC
“Best Pacific Music Album in NZ music awards
“Best Pacific Group”, “Best Pacific Song”
“Best Pacific Language” in Pacific Music Awards

16 Page booklet with Lyrics and Translations

  • 03:35 Lyrics
    Tele Ve Ko Koe

    Tele ve ko koe (Big as you are)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    verse 1

    kikila atu ki te lalolagi
    na tamā mata e lua
    mamao lautele
    he penina gigila i loto
    puipui i loto

    verse 2

    i tua atu o te ataata
    mafuaaga o moemitiga
    toeititi mulimuli
    toeititi oi moni
    heai he tete’ega,
    hovē ka veia,

     

    prechorus

    hau e miti
    e fai ke lele
    veia veia
    e liu ma aulo
    kafai e ke maua
    tataki kinā

    chorus

    he lalolagi tele foki
    e iloa pe ko afea
    fano mamao koe
    e tele ve ko koe

    bridge:

    kehe e kehe, lalolagi tena
    lalolagi e tele manaia
    tena tena o lalolagi
    lalolagi e mafai ke maua

     

    verse 1

    look at the world
    through two small eyes
    goes out far and wide
    a radiant pearl
    a prisoner inside 

    verse 2

    beyond the shadows
    comes your wildest dreams
    soon to follow
    soon be real
    theres no resistance
    or so it seems 

     

    prechorus

    you can dream
    and fly away
    turns to gold
    when you take hold
    of the reins

    chorus

    its a  bigger world too
    you’ll know  it when
    you go out far
    it’s as big as you are

    bridge

    a different world
    a very beautiful world
    there there
    a world you can have

     

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

     

     

  • 03:37 Lyrics
    Papua I Sisifo

    PAPUA I SISIFO (West Papua)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Papua i sisifo

    kua lava
    tahi leo tahi o loto
    heai holitulafono

    tino o te la
    tu fakatahi
    tagata fafine tamaiti uma
    maua loa te haolotoga

    prech

    te lalolagi kua takamilo
    matamata mai

    chorus

    west papua
    with you now
    freedom
    freedom now
    west papua
    we’re with you now

    te afi kua kakaha
    fakalalahi ki luga

     

    West papua

    enough is enough
    one voice one heart
    no more injustice,

    people of the sun
    stand together as one
    every man woman and child
    we want freedom now

    prech

    the world is turning
    watching us now

    chorus

    west papua
    with you now
    freedom
    freedom now
    west papua
    we’re with you now

    this fire is already burning
    rising higher and higher

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:43 Lyrics
    Siva Mamalu

    SIVAL MAMALU (Majestic dance)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Siva mamalu

    verse 1

    va’ai iai o le manaia                        
    ata ata mimita i le loto
    o le siva mamalu a tatou

    chorus

    alu alu
    malosi iai
    o le siva mamalu a tatou
    alu alu
    matagofie
    o le siva mamalu a tatou

    verse 2

    e onopapa’i le va’aia         -
    faitala e lima i le poto
    ofoofo le siva a tatou

    chorus 2

    alu alu
    malosi iai
    o le siva mamalu a tatou
    alu alu
    matagofie
    o le siva mamalu e malie

    verse 3

    fa’ase’e le vae fai failemu
    osooso mimita i le loto
    po le vae ae lue ulu

     se’e o le se’e
    luga  ma lalo

     

    Majestic dance

    verse 1

    see how beautiful
    smiling proudly inside
    this is our majestic dance

     chorus

    go go
    with all your strength
    this is our majestic dance
    go go
    it’s beautiful
    this is our majestic dance

    verse 2

    graceful to watch
    let the hands tell the story
    surprising all in our dance

    chorus 2

    go go
    with all your strength
    this is our majestic dance
    go go
    it’s beautiful
    sweet is our majestic dance

    verse 3

    slide your feet ever so gently
    so proud swells inside
    slap your leg nod your head 

    slide it’s the slide
    up and down

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    Sasa Le Vao

    SASA LE VAO (Cut the grass)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Sasa le vao

    tama o le nu’u – io ioe
    fa’amalosi mai – ioe aue      
    tele le galuega – io ioe        
    tele le malae – lue galue     

    Cut the grass

    boys of the land  - yes yes
    be strong  - yes yes
    There’s much work to be done yes yes
    a huge field to cut – sway                            
    while you work

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Amataga

    AMATAGA (The beginning)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Amataga

    verse1

    fai te mea e tatau
    mo te lalolagi
    ke amanakia nei
    kave fakatatau

    verse 2

    tuku lahiga kave
    foki lumanaki
    fakahoa lelei aho
    fakamoemoega mo a taeao

    prech

    mafaufauga lumanaki
    hologa o te olaga
    felau na mea a tatou
    i te alofa
    ke agai ki koga fou

    chorus

    ke toe foki manako au ki ei
    toe kamata te aloha
    ma fealofani
    talitonu ietahi loto
    amataga vena

     

     

    The beginning

    verse1

    play our part in this world
    to care for it
    take what you need

    verse 2

    put back more than you take
    it’s to our future that we give
    how it used to be
    in the beginning

    prech

    with the future in mind
    with our lives we go on
    sharing what we have
    with love and hope
    rise to a new horizon

    chorus

    i want to return
    to the beginning
    to love and respect
    believing in each other
    like it was
    in the beginning

     

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Mama E

    MAMA E (Mother)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Mama e

    verse 1

    mama e
    nofo lelei i lou mafaufau
    le mea pito taua
    mama e aue
    pito maualuga
    lou alofa mo lou aiga

    verse 2

    o’u te manatua taimi
    faitala ai taua
    ataata ma le fiafia
    mama e aue
    a’oa’o mai auala
    e fa’aoga i lo’u olaga

    prech:

    manatua ou foliga
    ataata ma le fiafia

    chorus:

    tele tele amio fa’atigaina
    tele tele alofa i fa’asa’oina

    ese ese amio fa’afiuloto
    tele tele alofa onosa’i uma

     

    Mama e

    verse 1

    remains firmly in your mind
    a thing most precious
    mama e
    a thing most valued
    your love for your family

    verse 2

    i remember the times
    we talked about things
    the laughter and the joy
    mama e
    taught me many things
    i now use in my life


    prech

    i recall your face
    the laughter and the joy

    chorus

    many painful mistakes i made
    much love you gave in correcting me

    different ways i caused you stress
    so much love and patience you gave me 

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 02:52
    Tike Te Galu
  • 02:07 Lyrics
    Te Manaia

    TE MANAIA (Paradise)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Te manaia

    te mea e lahi te gali te manaia
    te mata te fiafia
    te mata te aloha
    e galue e
    e tafao e
    ko te fenua fealofani

     

    Paradise

    it’s the most beautiful thing
    to see such happy faces
    filled with love
    love for life
    working together
    playing together
    land filled with love

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

     

  • 03:17 Lyrics
    Tolu Fitu 0

    TOLU FITU O (370)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Tolu fitu o

    verse1

    pakē a ukamea i te lagi
    ulufia te ea toka
    ma toe galo
    heai ni kupu fakamalie
    fakanoanoa ma te fita

    verse 2

    talohaga ma talotaloga
    loimata heai he takiala
    kaiga ka liu ka liu fatu
    kui atu ki tugamau

    prech

    helau ia fehili
    fokotahi oi oti te po
    pe iei he tino koi ola

    chorus

    heai he logo mai 370
    239 te pahehe
    galo kae heai he tino ola
    tutupu mea uigakehe
    fakaaliga a leitio

     

    370

    verse 1

    cold metal crash the sky
    penetrates the silent air
    then disappears
    no words to satisfy
    among  the grief and anguish

    verse 2

    every wish and hope we pray
    tears burn with no direction
    home soon turns to stone
    and finds a hollow grave 

    prech

    a hundred questions
    but only one tonight
    if any still alive

    chorus

    no signal from mh 370
    239 passengers
    lost without survivors
    strange things begin to show
    radio prediction grows 

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 02:31
    Uso
  • 03:47 Lyrics
    Oku Aho La

    OKU AHO LA (My sunny days)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Oku aho la

    verse1

    tatau fakamakeke
    e iloa lelei
    ko au e he sese
    i te hakiliga
    koi tele auala i luma  
    kikila atu ite aho
    lalolagi te matafi
    na uiga kino

    prech

    oi taofi te ua
    kaumai toku aho la
    fakatali na aho uma

    chorus:

    lalo luga te faiga nei  
    mafai na suiga
    luga lalo olaga nei
    fai ke lelei

    verse 2:

    nofo i luga o te kilitai
    he motu ma fa’ase’e
    i luga o toku fale
    moemiti au ki aho ki mua
    takoto telefua
    takele i te la

    bridge:

    te avanoa tenei kua pa mai
    tuku mai ae pukupuku te taimi nei
    ke malohi to taumafai
    fakaali to alofa
    muamua loto vena

    verse 3:

    te malie
    manako ke lelei
    kae malili ifo ki lalo
    aue e muhu ai au
    heai he mea pito te manaia
    matala malie toku mafaufau i te la

    My sunny days

    verse 1

    got to be strong know well
    i'm not wrong
    searched hard still got a long way to go
    i look forward to the day
    when the world insane fades away

     

    prech

    go on stop the rain
    bring me my sunny days
    in my sunny days
    i look forward to every day

    chorus

    down up the way it goes
    we can change that
    up down life goes
    but we can make it good

    verse 2

    i want to stay above sea level
    on an island with a lean-to
    dream about the days to come
    lying naked soaking in the sun

     

    bridge

    opportunity is here
    given to us but a brief moment
    stand strong resolute
    show your love always
    a winning heart when it’s like that

    verse 3

    it’s funny when i want it good
    soon comes crumbling down
    still i refuse there’s nothing so fine
    let the sun relax my mind

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

NOTES
…“Te Vaka continues to delight with its wonderful mix of propulsive Pan-Pacific rhythms, folk-rock and world fusion…… The melodic songs this time feature more acoustic guitar and seductive percussion and less pop and rock elements which makes the music even more attractive” ….

ANGEL ROMERO Worldmusiccentral

…”even if you’re at all familiar with their style, this album will still probably surprise. Te Vaka have clearly progressed greatly since their early days and the album shows unexpected
depth, poise and maturity.”….

PHIL WILSON Froots Magazine UK

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