Nukukehe

by Te Vaka

Released 2002
Warm Earth Records
Released 2002
Warm Earth Records
Nominated Best Roots Album in NZ music Awards
Nominated for Best Asia/Pacific BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards
Nominated audience choice BBC radio 3 Radio 3 World Music Awards

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 03:36 Story Lyrics
    Nukukehe

    NUKUKEHE (A different land)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith Music

    Au na fofou fia kikila kia koe
    Taku atu ai kina tino uma
    Ko au na fafia mimita lahi
    Ona fai e au na pehe mo koe

    Teki au fakalogo kua sui tou olaga
    Tiga e lahi na mea faigata
    Kae taumafai lava ke taunuku
    Taunuku te malaga fetaui ai taua

    Tele tele kehe kehe
    Tele kehe
    Te lagona halamo
    Na lagona halamo

    Kua kehe mea

    Te fanoanoa i te pa atuga ki na
    Ho ve kua fai toku tuai atu
    Kua teka atu na aso lelei
    Na iei aganuku na
    Aganuku lava moni

    Kehe mai te olaga
    Te olaga ona mea fou
    Taofi ai na galuega lelei
    Liliu kina uiga faigofie

    Tatau na hakili he auala
    Fakamimita uma ki tatou
    Fakamakeke talia tali lelei
    Teki kua tuai atu

    O te nuku atunuku
    na fia taunuku ai te malaga
    Te malaga kua leva na fia tau

    I dreamt of meeting you
    And proceeded to tell everyone about you
    I was so proud
    I even wrote songs about you

    I hesitated when I heard you’d changed
    But still braved the elements to see you
    The journey itself an adventure
    An introduction leading me to you

    Many many differences differences
    Many differences
    Overcome with sadness
    I was overcome with sadness

    Things have changed

    I was saddened to have finally met you
    As I came a little too late
    Your prime was long ago
    When there was real pride in you

    This is a different place now
    Spoilt by things that are new
    People no longer tending the land
    But opting to take the easy way out

    We need to find a way
    To make us all proud again
    We need to be strong
    In actioning the right answer
    Before it’s far too late

    This land, this land I’ve always wanted
    to go to. A journey, for a long time
    I needed to make.

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:58 Story Lyrics
    Manatu

    MANUATU (Homesick)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    Oku kohu e he masani ai
    Kehe hoki ma na sevae
    Kave ai i hetahi fenua
    Tagi tagi ai au mo toku kaiga

    Taku mai pe i fea toku matua
    Ve na puli e fakailoaina
    Taku mai pe i fea toku tamana
    Na galo atu i te taeao nei

    E mamafa, e manako , e fakamatala
    Te uiga o te folau

    Tuku mai he tali e fakamalie ai au
    Manatua lelei te vaitafe
    Aku feleni e sakili mai au
    Fakataumafai ae he mafai
    E au o tali ki ei

    E manatu fia manatu
    Toku kaiga
    E fia manatu toku kaiga

    Nofonofo filemu lava venei
    Ite pogiha, toku mafaufau e tiga
    te fanoanoa - te pogiha - te fanoanoa

    Te mamao ko tau malaga na fai
    Ae heai lele he tino e malamalama ai
    Kae haloa koe koe ke onosai mai
    Aua e iai na mea taua fakatali mai mo koe
    Tau tala moni lava te na
    E koe ke fakamakeke ma fakamalohi
    Kae amutia koe te manaia ko tou lumanaki
    Ka pa koe ki iei

    These clothes feel so strange on me
    Stranger still are these shoes
    Taken to another world
    I’m now crying for my home

    Tell me where my mother is
    She forgot to explain things to me
    Tell me where my father is
    I thought I heard him leave this morning

    Heavy thoughts
    what I need is an explanation
    The purpose of this journey

    Searching for answers in this small room
    I can only think of my river
    My friends are searching for me
    But no matter how hard I try
    There’s no way for me to answer them

    I’m homesick , I’m longing
    For my family
    I’m longing for my home

    Here I sit all by myself
    In this darkness
    My head is filled with hurt
    With sadness - this darkness

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

  • 04:07 Story Lyrics
    Sei ma le losa

    SEI MA LE LOSA (This flower and this rose)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    Fakalogologo i te tala
    Fakalavelave ai tou huhuga
    Fakateki au ma te fanoanoa
    Kua galo atu te tamatoa

    Kua galo atu ai ma te avanoa
    E fakafetai atu ai au
    Kavatu ai na alofaaga ienei
    mai na tino o te Pasifika

    Tagi tagi kite
    Fakalavelave

    Sei ma le losa
    Mo oe mai i le Pasifika
    Sei ma le losa
    O le matou alofa lena

    Maimau kana fetaui ki taua
    Lahi na kupu e fia talanoa ki ei
    Kavatu te salute
    Ma talitonu mai
    E manatua lava koe
    E tupulaga oku fanau

    Sei ma le losa
    Mo oe mai i le Pasifika
    Sei ma le losa
    O le matou alofa lena

    I heard on the news tonight
    An accident took your life
    I felt sadness quickly fall
    For we have lost a true warrior

    Gone is the chance
    To thank you for what you¹ve done
    So I¹m sending you love and respect
    From the people of the Pacific

    Mourning this sad loss

    This flower and this rose
    For you from the Pacific
    This flower and this rose
    Our gesture of respect and love

    I¹m sorry we never got to meet
    So many things I would have said
    Instead I salute you and be assured
    That my children¹s children
    Will remember you

    This flower and this rose
    For you from the Pacific
    This flower and this rose
    Our gesture of respect and love

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:40 Story
    Pukepuke te pate
  • 03:43 Story Lyrics
    Alamagoto

    ALAMAGOTO 
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    a ou va’ai
    Ou mata i ai
    Le susulu ia mai ole la
    Ona ou pese
    Pese ai lea
    Siva fo’i ai ma le fiafia


    Le nu’u le nu’u
    Matagofie
    Sa maua sa maua
    Ou feleni
    Uo ma uo
    E masani ai
    Le nu’u le nu’u matagofie


    e iei fiafiaga
    le malaga i le tausaga fou
    e iei fiafiaga
    Atunu’u na ou ola mai ai


    Pese mai e failogaina ai
    ei ei Alamagoto
    Siva mai e failogaina ai
    ei ei Alamagoto


    Ua leva ou Malaga ese atu
    Tele mea sui i lou olaga
    Le mafaufau mea
    Na amata mai ai
    Ae valau mai e foi atu

    I have seen it with my own eyes
    The sun shone so brightly
    Making me sing
    Soon I was dancing
    Overcome with joy


    This land this land
    Feels so good
    I found I found
    Warm friends
    And companions
    I’m familiar with
    This land feels so good


    So much for me to celebrate
    This journey in the new year
    So much for me to celebrate
    This land where I was born


    All sing to celebrate 
    Alamagoto
    All dance to celebrate
    Alamagoto


    Left this land a long time ago
    Much has happened in my life
    Never looking back
    To where I came from
    Still she calls me
    To return home

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:43 Story Lyrics
    Tamatoa

    TAMATOA (Warrior)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    Te tagata ko Tavita
    Hikihiki lava
    Na Uiga mimita
    O te Pasifika
    Fakatu te tagata
    I te lalolagi
    Tete na fili
    Paku foki ai
    Ko ai la te igoa
    Tua
    Fakamalohi ai
    Te Tatou tamatoa
    Lagolago ki ei
    Taku mai la te igoa
    Tua
    Ma talitonu mai
    Ka maua e ia
    Te tulaga hilia
    O te Tamatoa
    Tamatoa o te Pasifika
    O te Tamatoa
    Tamatoa o te Pasifika

    This man called
    Tavitia
    Is proudly holding
    Up the ways of
    The Pacific
    He stands Boldly
    Taking on the world
    His opponents they shake with dear
    Just before they fall
    What is his name
    Tua
    Let’s all get behind him
    He’s our warrior
    Tell me his name
    Tua
    Believe me when
    I say
    He will be
    The champion of the world
    This Warrior
    Our warrior of
    The pacific
    This warrior
    Our warrior of the Pacific

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:41 Lyrics
    Luelue

    LUELUE (Sway)
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:39 Story Lyrics
    Toku matua

    TOKU MATUA (Land of my mother)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    E isi se nuku e iloa ne au
    Se fenua e uke mea fou
    Ae fakamataku au e alofa
    Mo aso mai aso mai mua

    Au e manako e oko ki ei
    Koi maua ne se avanoa
    Koe tuai o goto ki lalo
    Te fenua o toku matua

    Au e fia pese i luga
    Au e fia siva i luga
    Ke kau atu au ki fenua nei
    Au e fia pese i luga
    Au e fia siva i luga
    O te fenua o toku matua

    Mafaga- la ose mea fakamataku
    Koe tuai o galo atu
    Fakatagi nei a loto o tino
    Ko la ne ola i te atunuku
    Koe tuai o goto ki lalo
    Koe tuai o goto ki lalo

    I luga I luga
    Te fenua ne vau ei
    Toku matua

    There is a place that I know of
    A land threatened by something new
    I fear for it¹s safety
    I¹m concerned for it¹s future

    I need to go there
    It might be my last chance
    Before it sinks below
    This land of my mother

    I want to dance in this land
    I want to sing in this land
    I need to swim in this land
    Let me dance in this land
    Let me sing in this land
    This land of my mother

    A disaster, a catastrophe
    When it returns to the sea
    Breaking the hearts of it¹s people
    Taking the name of it¹s people
    To forever live below the sea

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:36 Story Lyrics
    Loimata e maligi

    LOIMATA E MALIGI (Let the tears fall down)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Loimata e maligi
    Toku loto fanoanoa
    Ko galo atu
    A fakapelepele

    Omai te fakamafanafanaga
    Solo te mae tenei
    Ko galo atu
    Na tamafine

    Faigata fakamalamalama
    Tino gafulu ma te toko iva
    Ave ai te lumanai
    A te atunuku

    Loimata e maligi
    Toku loto fanoanoa
    Ko galo atu
    A fakapelepele

    Let the tears fall down
    My heart is filled with sorrow
    For we have lost
    Many loved ones

    Let the healing flow over me
    and wash this pain away
    For we have lost
    Many of our young women

    It¹s hard to understand
    That 19 lives were taken
    And along with it
    The future of a small nation

    Let the tears fall down
    My heart is filled with sorrow
    For we have lost
    Many loved ones

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:16 Story Lyrics
    Haloa Olohega

    HALOA OLOHEGA (Poor Olohega otherwise known as Swain's Island)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Muhumuhu mai te igoa o te motu
    Na kave e Ilai i te 1856
    Lea mai ko he mea aloha
    Mai he tama Igilihi
    Kitea e ia tino kai katiga
    E he nonofo na tino i ei
    Heki totokia ni mea ki latou
    E he nonofo na tino i ei


    Kamata na talanoaga
    Mo Olohega
    Fai ai te fakafokiga
    Ko Olohega
    Olohega Olohega
    Haloa Olohega


    E lahi mea kino na fai e Ilai
    Ko vaka gaoi ko ia na fehoahoani ai
    Maua ai ana koloa fakafita lahi te nuku
    Maua foki e ia te fenua fa
    Ko Olohega


    Te talohaga e fai mo te kaiga o Ilai
    E lahi mea i anamua
    He tatau ona fai
    Kae mafai na hui e koutou uma
    fai tonu lava te faiga
    E tahi lava te fakaikuga
    E maua ai te fiafiaga

    Whisper to me the name of this land
    Taken by Eli in 1856
    He said it was a gift
    Gifted to him by an Englishman
    He saw natives eating coconuts
    But they were passing through
    They didn’t grow anything
    So naturally this wasn’t their home


    We need to start the discussions
    On Olohega
    It will surely lead to the return
    of Olohega
    Olohega Olohega
    Poor Olohega


    Among the crimes committed by Eli
    The slavers and slaveship he did help
    Gaining treasures while people suffered
    Also gaining their fourth Island
    Called Olohega

    A request for the family of Eli 
    Many wrongs were made long ago 
    That will never go away 
    But you can change some of that 
    By doing what is right 
    There is only one conclusion 
    That will satisfy everyone

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:29 Lyrics
    Sapasui

    SAPASUI
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    Te hiva

    TE HIVA (The dance)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith 

    Te matagi malu kua hau i te loto

    Vehehi ai toku tino i te fakalogologo

    E he mafai na fai, fakafiti na lagona

    Ko na pehe vena

    E fakafiafia ma fakamimita

     

    Tumau fakamau te migomigoi

    Ko te uila kua hau

    Fakaola ai toku loto

    Fakatamilomilo fai taga fakatamilomilo

    Fakafiafia ma fakamimita te hiva

     

    Na hiva te gali te gali ona hiva

    Kolikoli malie migomigoi na hiva

    Na hiva te gali te gali ona hiva

    Hiva fakamalie mai

     

    Heee e o migomigoi

    e o hiva fakagaligali

    e o kolikoli ma te kolikoli

    e o hiva fakamalie

     

    E vena foki te fakalogo o na fenua

    Egelani ma Falani, Europa ma Amerika

    E tutuha lava te fiafia e lagona

    Luelue ki latou

    i te faiga o te hiva

     

    Koli ki lalo e

    Koli ki luga e

     

    The cooling winds soothing my soul

    Moving me as I listen

    I can’t seem to hold back this feeling

    Making me happy and proud

    Holding steady while I do the Migomigoi

     

    Lightning strikes me reviving my soul

    Spinning around, showing moves,

    spinning sround

    So happy and proud in “Te Hiva”

     

    Dancing so gracefully

    So graceful are the dances

    Kolikoli sweetly and

    Migomigoi in the dance

    Dancing so gracefully

    So graceful are the dances

    Dance ever so sweetly

     

    Boys chant

     

    It’s the same reaction

    When heard in other places

    England, France, Europe and America

    They also get excited

    They begin to sway

     

    Dancing “Te Hiva”

    Girls chant

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:29 Story Lyrics
    Tesema

    TESEMA (December)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Na hauni i Aukilani tolu tahi
    O te mahina nei
    Tesema Tesema
    O fiafia a matou na fai
    Mo te tausaga fou
    Tesema Tesema
    Olo ai te malaga i vakalele
    I hetahi nuku
    Tesema Tesema
    Hahala mai te vevela o te nuku
    Taunuku ki ei
    Tesema Tesema


    Vehea tou malaga
    Kua lahi atili he mafai taku atu
    Taumafai taku mai ke iloa nei au


    Tele tele tele leleiga
    O te gali o te gali
    O fiafiaga
    Tele tele tele leleiga
    O te gali o te gali
    O fiafiaga


    Papaki mai ki tatou tolu tahi
    O te mahina nei
    Tesema Tesema
    Feiloaki ai ki matou kia Efi tapa
    Ma Simoe
    Tesema Tesema
    Nonofo ai te pahehe ite fale
    O Aggie Greys
    Tesema Tesema
    Kitea ai e matou na fakailoga
    Mo te tausaga fou
    Tesema Tesema

     

    Making plans in Auckland
    31st of this month in
    December December
    Preparing our celebrations
    For the new year
    We’re on a plane heading to
    another country
    in December December
    Hit by a heatwave
    Arriving in this land in
    December December

    How was your trip, how was it?
    There’s so much I can’t tell you now
    try and tell me, really I want to know

    So many many things
    All good all good
    The celebrations

    Arriving on the 31st of this month
    December December
    We were met by Efi and Simoe
    December December
    Ended up staying at Aggie Greys
    December December
    All witness to much celebrations
    Celebrations for the new year
    December December

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:55 Story Lyrics
    Te vaka ka fano

    TE VAKA KA FANO (The boat is leaving)

    Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

     

     

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
The third Te Vaka album, "Nukukehe" is dedicated to Greenpeace and all the other environmental groups around the world caring enough to do something about it."My journey to Samoa, Tokelau and Tuvalu in 2001 and 2002 brought much inspiration for the writing of this album. It was a time of great happiness and celebration but it was also tinged with sadness. Seeing for myself the effects of climate change, brought home to me the reality that these islands with their unique and individual cultures, will not endure if something isn't done to reverse this trend in the very near future.It is real to me now, that we all need to do something, no matter how small, to help.Despite all this - to visit the place where I was born, and visit both my Mother and Father's Islands, has been a source of great inspiration for me. I was amazed to see that the houses in my village were still the same - thatched roof, no walls, one room fits all.
Happy childhood memories came flooding back. I experienced the people, the music, the dance, the awesome hospitality and I left there hoping that all this will always be there."
Opetaia Foai

…”There is plenty of lip service paid to Pacific culture but Foa’i’s Te Vaka is the real oil: this is the canoe undertaking the great migration. To be moved by something so familiar, so pervasive it is taken for granted, is like rediscovering your own heartbeat”…
CHRIS BOURKE Real Groove Magazine NZ