Ki mua

by Te Vaka

Released 1999
Warm Earth Records
Released 1999
Warm Earth Records
Nominated “Best international achievement”
Nominated “Best female vocal”
re-released with a new 16 page booklet complete with lyrics & translations plus Bonus track – “Pate Pate radio remix”.
  • 04:30 Story Lyrics
    Ki mua

    KI MUA (To the future)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    taunuku mai i tatou i tenei nuku fou
    te kehekehe mai
    faigata o te olaga te fakafita a tatou
    hoga hoga mai

    e fia malamalama ki tatou
    i te gagana ma na uiga o ki latou
    fakalogologo ki ei
    fakatu ai au tautahi
    taumahai tatou tokolahi
    faka holoholo ki ei

    e fano ai au i toku mafaufau
    i te kukula mate filemu

    tokaga ki mea oku matua
    te fehili kua laga a tu ki mua
    ko matou e fia kai ite kavei
    te malau pulaka ma te fekei

    kua manatua na taimi ma na uiga fakafiafia
    miti miti mai
    te mimita lahi ki haiga ko na uiga fakatahi
    fitikitiki mai

    galulue mai ki mua nei
    tahahao mai ki mua nei
    pehepehe mai ki mua nei
    fatele mai ki mua nei

    We struggled to understand
    this language and new way
    of doing things
    We listened hard
    I stood up among
    the many who were adjusting
    moving towards understanding
    together

    chorus

    But I go there in my mind
    The red sky and the peacefulness
    remembering what my parents taught me
    many questions come to the fore
    also craving for familiar food
    The Malau (fish) pulaka(taro) and fekei (octopus dish)

    verse 3
    I remember times of great joy
    always dreaming about it
    the pride in living among my close family
    keeping it together

    chant

    We’re working to the future
    we’re playing to the future
    we’re singing to the future
    we’re dancing to the future

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    Lua afe

    LUA AFE (Two thousand)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    huani mai

    heheke mai

    ko tagata ianu kehe

    na tagata ianu kehe

     

    tatou tagata nei

    koutou tagata nei

    ofakatahi

    o fano atu (ki te) Lua afe

    (Ki te) Lua afe

    Get ready

    Move this way

    People of all colours

    People of all colours

    These are our people

    Your people

    Together

    We move forward

    To 2,000

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

  • 04:28 Story Lyrics
    Ke ke kitea

    KE KE KITEA (So you can see)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    e ui lava ki tatou e mamao
    e tatau ai koe ke ahiahi mai
    ke ke kitea ite gali o tenei lalolagi

    ke ke kitea
    ite matou lalolagi
    ke ke kitea
    i te gali o tenei lalolagi

    ke ve koe ko au
    se aho fakatahi
    iloa ai e koe
    mea lea atu ai au
    ke ke kitea ite gali o tenei lalolagi

    ke ke kitea
    ite matou lalolagi
    ke ke kitea
    i te gali o tenei lalolagi


    e ui lava ki tatou e mamao
    e tatou ai koe ke ahi ahi mai
    ke ke kitea i te gali o tenei lalolagi


    e talitonu ai au
    i toku loto nei
    ke kitea e koe
    to matou olaga

    even though we live far apart
    you should come visit us
    so you can see how beautiful my world is

    so you can see
    my world
    so you can see
    how beautiful this world is


    If you could be me
    for just one day
    you would then understand
    what I’m on about
    so you would see how beautiful this world is


    so you can see
    my world
    so you can see
    how beautiful this world is
    even though we live so far apart


    you should come visit us
    so you can see how beautiful this world is
    so you can see
    the beauty in our world


    so you can see
    the wonderful life we live

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:20 Story Lyrics
    Pate Pate

    PATE PATE (Log drum)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    taimi tenei e fai na hiva
    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    lue lue malie te gali o na hiva

    aue aue
    tama mimita
    aue aue
    teine mimita
    aue aue
    hihiva mimita
    aue aue
    kikila mai la fakaakiali atu

    e a mai tau faiva e a mai
    taku ika e fofou ai au
    e a mai tau faiva e a mai

    hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve
    hihiva malie ki te pate pate

    chant: hiva ki luga hiva ki lalo
    hiva malie ki te pate pate

     

    get up stand up let your feelings be known
    the time has come to perform the dance
    get up stand up let your intentions be known
    swaying ever so sweetly the message in the dance

    Oh! Oh! 
    the boys are very bold
    Oh! Oh!
    the girls are very bold
    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    the dancers are very bold
    Oh! Oh!
    Watch me now, it’s my turn to show

    “How is the fishing with you, how is it?” (Girl)
    “The fish that I truly long for” (Boy)
    “How is the fishing with you, how is it? (Girl)

    CHORUS

    dance on up, dance just like that 
    dancing ever so sweetly to the Pate Pate (logdrum)

    chant: dance on up, dance on down
    Dancing ever so sweetly to the rhythms of the log drum
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

  • 05:09 Story Lyrics
    Hea la koe iei

    HEA LA KOE IEI (Take that)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    faitala au i te po
    iluga o te letio
    fano ake fakaali te tala nei
    taku tala manumalo tenei

    te lalolagi e kalaga mai
    kikila mai ki ta tou nei
    Tokelau ka hoholo halalau koe
    tou igoa e manogi mai
    ve he sei

    Matini hauni na pehe nei
    Fale lau mai na tala fou
    fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
    fai mai Amosa se tala nei
    taku lava mo Tokelau venei
    Tokelau venei
    (lea mai la Amosa)
    Hea la koe iei

    e Peni sauni na pehe nei
    Neta lau mai na tala fou
    fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
    fai mai Ioane se tala nei
    taku lava mo Tokelau venei
    Tokelau venei
    (lea mai la Ioane)
    Hea la koe iei

    Matini hauni na pehe nei
    ufiata lau mai na tala fou
    fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
    fai mai Foa’i se tala nei
    taku lava mo Tokelau venei
    Tokelau venei
    (lea mai la Foa’i)
    Hea la koe iei

    Talking last night
    On the radio
    Letting the people know
    My story, about our win

    The world is calling
    Looking at us
    Tokelau is being announced
    Your name smells sweet
    Like the Sei (flower)

    Martini prepares the song
    Fale tells the news
    Listen to the stories
    being told (by Amosa)
    Just for Tokelau
    Just for Tokelau
    And Amosa says ..
    “Take that”

    Peni prepare the songs
    Neta tell the news
    Listen to the stories
    being told (by Ioane)
    Just for Tokelau
    Just for Tokelau
    and Ioane says
    “Take that”

    Matini prepare the songs
    Ufiata tell the news
    Listen to the stories
    being told (by Foai)
    Just for Tokelau
    Just for Tokelau
    and Foai says
    “Take that”

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:22 Story Lyrics
    Pate mo tou agaga

    PATE MO TOU AGAGA (Log drums for your soul)
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:30 Story Lyrics
    Vaka atua

    VAKA ATUA (Missionaries)
    Opetaia Foa'i/traditional

    (Traditional Tokelau chant)

    keina tu mai tao kae fakatonu ko to ta ho
    keina tu mai tao kae fakatonu ko to ku Aliki
    ko toku aliki Tui Tokelau
    hau he matagi ke moli au
    Tui o nuku Tui o vavau
    hau he matagi keina tuiao ioa lava

     
    Written by Opetaia Foa'i

    ua fa’asa uma le faiga o pese f’a’apena
    ua fa’asa uma le faiga o siva fa’apena
    ua fa’asa fo’i le faiga o le tatau
    ua fa’asa fo’i le aiga ole i’a mata

    te tali nei a foliga
    te matou Atua i te lagi
    te matou Aliki i te lagi

    e ui lava kua puli koutou
    uma toku igoa

    e he mafai na puli kou tou

    e tagaloa

    you are forbidden from songs like that
    you are forbidden from dances like that
    you are forbidden from making tattoos
    you are forbidden from eating raw fish
    from this day forward you will sing these songs

    this was Foliga's answer
    our true god is in the sky
    our true god is in the sky

    Ioa just Ioa (name of a god)
    Tagaloa reply
    even though you have all forgotten my name
    you will never be forgotten by tagaloa


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

  • 04:08 Story Lyrics
    Tagaloa

    TAGALOA (God of the Sea)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Tagaloa, Tagaloa ko he talohaga 
e fai faipea 

    mo tou latou puipuiga
    malu
mo tou fakatagaga

    moa latou taumafaiga
taumafaiga uma

    Tagaloa fakalogo
tu mau pea

    Tagaloa, Tagaloa they are still praying for you
    for your protection for your permission
    for all their many adventures in life
    Tagaloa listen for they wish for you to remain

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:27 Story Lyrics
    Kaleve

    KALEVE (Coconut honey)
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    Sagalogalo ake

    Te faiva kua tau kua tau lagalaga
    Kikila fakaholoholo pe fano ki fea
    te faiva kua laga kua
    laga te hi malau
    saloa galugalu fatifati
    te ataata o te mahina
    te ataata o te mahina

    fano ki te namo
    pe ko tuakau
    mahani a toeaina
    nofonofo mai i te mulivaka
    faitalatala ma tupulaga

    sagalogalo ake
    sagalogalo ake

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:12 Story Lyrics
    Aue kapaku

    AUE KAPAKU (You're going to fall)
    (Arrangement of traditional Tokelauan song)

    aue kapaku aue kapaku
    e gau te vae e gau te vae e
    aue kapaku aue kapaku
    e gau te lima e gau te lima
    aue kapaku aue kapaku
    gau te ua egau te ua
    aue kapaku aue
    sa hi , sa hi
    si si si
    aue sa hi , sa hi
    si si si
    si si si

    Oh I'm going to fall x2
    Im going to break my leg x2
    Oh I'm going to fall x2
    Im going to break my arm x2
    Oh I'm going to fall x2
    I'm going to break my neck x2
    Oh I'm going to fall
       
  • 04:43 Story Lyrics
    Kau tufuga fai vaka

    KAU TUFUGA FAI VAKA (Master voyagers)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    kau tufuga fai vaka o te moana
    tapena ake te folau
    Tagaloa e kalaga mai
    taku mai na uiga ote tai
    hau hau
    Kau tufuga fai vaka

    kau tufuga fai vaka o te moana
    te nuku e fakatali mai
    fakatahi ma na faigata
    fofou mai kia te koe e fanatu

    hau hau
    kau tufuga fai vaka

    o koe kua lau iloa
    in a tuhituhiga
    o koe kua takutaku
    i te lalolagi

     

    Master voyagers of the sea
    Prepare for your journey
    Tagaloa is calling you
    Telling you the ways of the sea

    Come Come
    Master voyagers

    Master voyagers of the sea
    There are lands that await you
    Along with many challenges
    Urging you to arrive

    Come Come
    Master Voyagers

    Your great feats are well known
    Preserved in writings
    And in stories told
    Throughout the world

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:26 Story Lyrics
    Pate Pate (Radio Remix)

    PATE PATE Radio Remix
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith Music

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
This Album is dedicated to the original pioneers - the Polynesian fleet ‘Kau tufuga fai vaka’ forebear and ancestor to all the Polynesian cultures in the Pacific. May the memories of all their adventures and all their glorious achievments be remembered always - today and by generations to come.

…”They’ve hit the right balance, I think, between radio friendly songs like Ke Ke Kitea and real take-no-prisoners belters like Lua Afe, Pate Mo Tou Agaga, Kaleve or Pate Pate – a kind of Pacific Pata Pata – where the percussive drive of their logdrums gives a quite different, unique flavor. Well, you probably figured out by now that I like this one” ….
– Ian Anderson
FROOTS MAGAZINE UK