Olatia

by Te Vaka

Released 2007
Warm Earth Records
Released 2007
Warm Earth Records
Winner “Best Pacific Album”
Winner “Best Pacific Group”
No.4 on European World Music Chart

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 05:13 Lyrics
    Vakaaitu

    VAKAAITU (Spiritual Canoe)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Tokalua ulavale i toku itu
    Fakaita ai au i te po
    Fakamau muamua i toku moega
    Te pogiha
    Vakaaitu
    Holoholo te vaka
    Te agaga
    Tu mai
    Tigaina
    O heala? heala?
    Kaiga e ve he kaiga
    Vakaaitu
    Te mamaha
    Te puapuaga
    Tau Malaga
    Te maputaga
    Te mana o te vaega
    E totoka te mamaha
    O tupuga na tagata nei
    Fefenu kau malaga
    Kikifu kau malaga
    Kokono kau malaga
    Kekena kau malaga
    Te mana o te vaega
    O tupuga na tagata nei

    Galuega ua uma
    Olo la
    Malolo ma te filemu
    Galuega ua mau

    Two mischievous spirits beside me
    Angers me in the night
    Held fast to my bed
    In the dark
    Behind them spiritual canoes
    Canoes on the move
    Spirits standing before me
    What is it? what is it?
    Something familiar about them
    Spiritual canoes
    Overfilled and heavy
    Spiritual canoes
    Suffering faces
    From the long journey
    Longing for peace
    The power of this group
    Something heavy on their minds
    The power of this group
    These are the ancestors
    Their wrinkled faces
    Frustrated and detached
    Reluctant to continue
    Needing a task done
    With a will to end it here
    The power of this group
    These are the ancestors

    The work is done
    Go now
    Rest in peace
    The work is finished.

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Lelei Ilo Tenei

    LELEI ILO TENEI (Better than this)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Kikila i mata foliga ou kitea
    Te fanoanoa i faiga lalolagi
    Ko halahala auala i he mea
    Amanaki ke malaga kehe

    Oho fiti ki luga
    Hili atu tena
    Tuku koe fano ki ei

    Hili atu tena
    Hili atu i lo tenei
    Lelei atu tena
    Lelei atu i lo tenei


    Tagata kino tino e hafia
    Tohotoho koe ki lalo lava
    Tamate ai koe holomalie
    Tamate ai foki to agaga


    E he tatau havali
    Koe i tenei heoli
    Lahi na mea lelei
    Kafai e ke kitea
    Maua ai mea uma
    Te ke iloa fiafia

     

    Look in the eyes
    See it in their faces
    Seeking searching for answers
    Ways of the world
    Dreaming of a different way

    Jump up and down
    It’s best that way
    Just let yourself go

    It’s best that way
    It's much greater than this
    It's better than that
    It's much better than this

    Bad man dumbing you down
    Pulling you down
    Killing you slowly
    Killing your soul

    You don't need to walk
    Through all this hell
    There's much good
    If you look
    It's all there for you
    To discover just how good

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:35 Story Lyrics
    Nonu Paoa

    NONU PAOA ( Nonu Power)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Ola mimita i le Pasefika
    Faamaoniga i lona malosi
    Ola mimita ae filemu lava ia
    Faimai Tinielu e iai lona mana
    Tu maualuga i le lalolagi
    Suamalie ae maise mo le aiga

    Malosiaga sua malosiaga
    Malosiaga e tausi ai aiga
    Malosiaga sua malosiaga
    Malosiaga a fa'atasi ai aiga


    Fa'amasani i lona sua
    O se la'au e fai vavega
    Fa'amaloloina ma tausi ai soifua
    Le la'au o le ola
    E iai le aiga i Tahiti
    A'o lenei sua o tatou nei
    Manatua le igoa ole sua Samoa

    Salalau i le lalolagi
    Le nonu mai Samoa
    E Lauiloa i le lalolagi
    Le nonu mai Samoa
    Le nonu o Samoa

    Ole monogi suau'u lava
    Ioe ole suau'u lava
    Ioe ioe ole nonu
    Ole Nonu lava Nonu lava
    Ioe Ioe ole Nonu Paoa

    Grows freely throughout the Pacific
    Testimony of it's strength
    Grows freely and quietly it grows
    According to Tinielu it has powers
    It's the best in the world
    Very sweet especially for the family

    Power juice with Power
    Power taking care of the family
    Power juice with power
    Keeping families together

    Get familiar with the juice
    Truly a miracle tree
    Settles and looks after your health
    This tree of life

    There is a family in Tahiti
    But this is our juice
    Remember the name
    It's the juice of Samoa

    Spreading throughout the world
    The Nonu from Samoa
    Well known throughout the world
    The Nonu from Samoa
    The Nonu of Samoa

    It’s sweet like striking oil
    Yeah like striking oil
    Yeah yeah it’s Nonu
    It’s Nonu It’s Nonu
    Yeah yeah it’s Nonu Power

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:21 Lyrics
    Lua Afe (Reload)

    LUA AFE Reload 
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 05:41 Lyrics
    Ki Te Fakaolatia

    KI TE FAKAOLATIA (To the rescue)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    E lahi lele mea
    Lea mai mo tatou e
    Kafai tauhi ietahi lelei
    Fai he mea mautinoa ola
    Mautinoa to latou ola

    Ki te Fakaolatia
    Malosi manu e manu e

    Fehoahoani malosi
    E he nako ki tatou lava
    E kiteagia hove ka galo
    E lahi mea lea mai mo tatou
    Tuha lava he maua tupe ki tatou

    Kafai ia tagata ola
    Kua tauau e fakaumatia
    Kua tatau foki ona iei
    He tino e hau fakaola tatou uma
    Tagata e hau fakaola tatou uma

    Ki te Fakaolatia
    Malosi manu e manu e

    It says a lot about us
    when we care enough
    about other species to do something
    to ensure their survival
    even when they don't contribute
    monetarily to our pockets

    To the rescue
    Power to life

    It says a lot about ourselves
    when we care enough that
    there is enough space in the world
    for them too
    preventing their extinction
    taking responsibility for them
    for changing their environment
    If mankind was on his way out
    it would also be worthwhile
    for someone to come to our rescue

    To the rescue
    Power to life

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:30 Lyrics
    Ke Faitatala

    KE FAITATALA (We need to talk)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    E tiga loto
    E fanoanoa loto
    E iei he tahi faiga

    E iai na mea
    Tatau ke lea
    Na mea e tatau ke ko iloa
    E ko kitea to kavega e mamaha
    Fakaputugia i he tai o te mataku

    E ke faitatala
    Mafai ai ki taua oi malamalama
    E ke faitatala
    Pito hili mea moni ke maua
    Mo ki taua

    Kua lokagia ina aho kua teka
    Hikogia meake e fano vale
    Kae fai e iloa au mea hehe na fai
    Hove e he ea koe na fai
    Kako koe lava te paku ki ei

    Polokalame ke pule ki te ola
    Mau mataloa i kina
    E ve ona lea ai koe
    Te tahi vaega e ala
    Kafai koe e moe
    E moe koe e ala
    E kui o alatino

    It hurts deeply
    It saddens the heart
    But there is another way

    There are things you need to say
    Things I need to know
    I see the heavy burden you carry
    Gathered over a sea of tears

    We need to talk
    So we can understand
    Discover all that is good
    All that is true
    Discover all that is most precious
    To me and you

    You're locked in the past
    Surrounded by your fears
    Of what you will lose
    If your wrongs are found out
    Tho you are responsible
    It is your undoing

    Programmed for suicide
    remains there so long
    as you say they are
    another part of you
    awakens when you sleep
    sleeps when you're awake
    runs beneath your radar

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:56 Lyrics
    Mata O Tane

    MATA O TANE
    Opetaia Foa'i/Matatia Foa'i

     

     

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:49 Story Lyrics
    Tu Tokatahi

    TU TOKATAHI (Stand as one)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith 

    Ko te Atua i maualuga
    Ko to malohi to aloha
    Na talohaga o koe molimau
    Te tu tokatahi
    Tu Tokelau

    Te lotofiafia ma te fealohani
    Pepehe ma te vikiga
    Ki te Aliki
    Te puipuiga nuku fa ke mau
    Nonoa fakatahi
    Nuku Tokelau

    Tokelau Tokelau
    Tu fakatahi
    Tu Tokelau

    Mata ki mua
    Kae ava ki tua
    Tatou lumanaki
    Ke fakamakeke
    Tauhi muamua tonu mafaufau
    Fakamalohi ai nuku Tokelau

    Tokelau Tokelau
    Fakamalohi ai
    Nuku Tokelau

    Tokelau Tokelau
    Tu fakatahi
    Tu Tokelau

    Almighty God
    From up high
    We request you bear witness
    On our independence for
    We stand as Tokelau

    With open hearts
    And friendship
    We sing our song of Praise
    To our Lord
    Defend our four lands
    So they be steadfast
    Bind together as one
    This land of Tokelau

    CHORUS
    Tokelau Tokelau
    Stand as one
    Stand as Tokelau

    Eyes to the fore
    With respect to the past
    It's our future
    We must endure
    To guard and protect foremost
    Resolute in our minds
    Making us strong
    This land of Tokelau

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:36 Lyrics
    Mataliki

    MATALIKI (Little stars)
    Music & Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakamalohiaga mai luga
    Tauivi mo mea lahi manaia
    Tapena tupulaga laiti
    Fakatu fakavae
    Mo te lumanaki

    Mata gali mai o foliga
    Iloga ai te aoga
    Mataliki tamaiti o Mataliki
    Manumalo i te olaga

    E lahi na mea aoga
    Tala fakafiafia
    Mai matua ma kaiga
    He mau o te hololelei
    Te akoga mua aloakia i ki nei

    An inspiration from above
    A sacrifice for something much better
    Preparing the young generation
    Setting down the foundation
    For their future

    The smiles upon their faces
    Make it all worthwhile
    Children of Mataliki
    Winning in life

    Many good things come
    much positive feedback
    from parents and from the
    community is testimony of
    our success the first
    recognized (Tokelau)
    school in this land

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:41 Lyrics
    Limatane

    LIMATANE
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

     


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:25 Story Lyrics
    Vaitaimi Mihia

    VAITAIMI MIHIA (Missing Moments)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    E foliga ki taua ke heavea
    Ke pa atu kua tuai
    Kua atafia na mea e taua
    Taimi lelei fakatahi
    Fakaali na uiga

    Mafai liliu fakatamilo
    I tauhaga e hau mauagia
    Te fiafia na mea maua

    Fakafiafia ko na uiga vena
    Ke kata ke pehe ma tahao
    Ni mea faigofie
    Na alofa vena
    Te faigata fakaaliga ki tatou

    Kafai kua na ko
    Tautahi ki taua
    Vaitaimi mihia kua heai
    Kae malamalama
    Na kupu na mea e tatau na fai
    Tauhi te va o taua
    E he faigata

    Fokotahi te mea e fai nei
    Fakauma tenei fakanoanoa
    Holoi na loimata mai oku mata
    Kae tu malohi
    Mo te mea kua ko iloa

    It seems we have to wait
    Until it's too late
    To realize what we had
    The good times together
    Showing
    What we meant to each other

    I can turn it around
    Do the best I can
    And in years to come discover
    All the joy in what I have

    And when we are alone
    Those missing moments gone
    We come to understand
    Words we should have said
    Things we should have done
    It's so simple
    But we make it hard

    Only one thing to do
    Make this sorrow disappear
    Wipe the tears from my face
    Stand up for what I know

    The good times with those I love
    Means more to me today
    To laugh and sing and play
    These are simple things
    But they mean forever to me

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 05:17 Story Lyrics
    Te Kupu

    TE KUPU (The word)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Kafai e ke mauagia
    Mauagia e koe te kupu
    Kua lelea kehe ai
    Te lalolagi kua matafi
    Kua matafi katoa
    Katoa i te lagi
    Lanumoana
    E faigofie lava
    E tahi lava te faiga

    When you discover the (misunderstood) word
    And blow it all away
    The whole world clears
    The sun shines through
    And all around skyblue
    It’s so simple
    There is only
    One way through

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:35 Story Lyrics
    Our Ocean

    OUR OCEAN
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    I give you my voice
    Together we make a stand
    We're making the right choice
    For our future and for our children too
    Hear the cries of the ocean
    Cries of caution from our ancestors
    We can't be defeated
    United we can win.

    This is my ocean
    This is my future
    My choice
    This ocean is my home
    This is our ocean
    This is our future
    Our choice
    The Pacific is my home

    What do we say to our ancestors
    When all the fish are gone
    If we fail to protect our home
    And all our future children to come
    Their hope lies in us

    Chorus replies (in Fijian, Kiribati and One Tok)
    We must protect it
    They must respect it
    Our Ocean

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
…”On a first listen it’s no wonder Te Vaka has captured the ear of listeners with their four previous albums, world tours and their Best Pacific Music album awards, and it comes as no surprise that Olatia is endowed with a richly magical blend of traditional and contemporary”…
World Music Central USA

…”Te Vaka confirm they are the most important voice out of the broader Pacific region and that multi-instrumentalist Foa’i remains a potent songwriting force”…
Graham Reid NZ Herald

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