Te Vaka

by Te Vaka

Released 1997
Warm Earth Records
Released 1997
Warm Earth Records
A vibrant blend of traditional rhythms, indigenous instruments and captivating vocals with globally influenced contemporary sounds creating a fusion that is both fresh and original.
  • 01:03 Story
    Tokelau
  • 05:02 Story Lyrics
    Te Namo

    TE NAMO (The Lagoon)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakateletele i te namo ki iuta
    Fakatu pehe taumuliava
    Te Lahu, Te Tufa, Te Loto, Te Alohi
    Kikila i tamaliki ma tupu laga

    He ma pehe
    He ma pehe Tokelau

    Fesili ake pe fano ki fea
    Saloa na fetu kua motoki

    Te gali ote aso tenei
    Te matagi kua agiagi mai
    Manulele kua eva ki luga
    I te gali ote aso tenei
    Fano atu ki luga o te tai

    Fakateletele ai toku vaka
    Te gali ote aso tenei
    Te matagi kua agiagi mai

    Ooh te namo Te matagi
    Ooh te namo

    ma tamaliki Ooh te namo
    Manulele

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:56 Story
    Pate mo tou vae
  • 04:18 Story Lyrics
    Papa e

    PAPA E (Father)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Hihiki mai i faifaiga o te fenua
    e he puli au ite olaga masani
    he mafai fakapuli ite loto
    ite loto o papa e
    aue ite nuku o papa e

    Chorus:
    Aue aue Papa e
    Aue Papa e
    Aue aue Papa e
    ite nuku o Papa e

    Oku moko mokoga ke toe fanatu
    i mea nae masani ai
    kata lava e mua mai
    te kata o Papa e
    aue ite nuku o Papa e
    Listen Listen
    While I tell you of the ways of the land
    I shan’t forget those familiar ways
    Those joyous memories embedded in
    the heart
    In the heart of Papa e
    In the land of Papa e

    CHORUS:

    Oh ! Papa e
    Oh! Papa e
    Oh! Papa e
    In the land of Papa e

    In my mind I often go there
    to places that contain fondest memories
    The friendliness the joy the laughter
    the laughter of Papa e
    In the land of Papa e
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:27 Story Lyrics
    Ki te la

    KI TE LA (Shine the sun)
    Opetaia Foai/traditional

     

    Te mea te manaia
    Ko fenua fiafia
    Te mea te manaia
    Ko fenue fiafia
    E i loa ite a?
    E loa ite loto e tahi
    Te loto fealofani

    Ki te la ki te fale
    Ki te la mo fenua
    Ki te la ki te fale
    Mo na tino fiafia
    (repeat)

     

    The most wonderful thing
    to behold is a happy nation
    How can you tell?
    You can tell by the heart
    when the heart is as one
    when it is friendly and free

    Shine the sun on this house
    Shine the sun on this land
    Shine the sun for all those
    who are friendly and free.

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

  • 04:10 Story Lyrics
    Tautai e

    TAUTAI E  (Master Fisherman)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakatu ake
    Fakatu ake te launiu
    Ki oku tua
    Te faoa tautau atu ake faitau ake

    chorus:

    Tautai e tautai e
    Ke mau a tu tau hoe
    Tau tai e tautai e
    inafo kua lalaga mai
    Tautai e tautai e
    Ke mau atu tau hoe
    Tautai e tautai e
    Na kaiga amanaki mai

    Tautai “Kikila ake Tagaloa Tagaloa a lagi
    Kikila ake i kaumana o ika”

     

    Fishermen“Tautai e kua lau ki kakasi
    Atutaoa pa’ala he mahimahi
    Tautai e taofi atu te ulu ki mua
    Na ika ienei na sau lava mai
    lanamua”

     

    Be steady
    Be steady with the launiu (fishing pole)
    Standing behind you
    Your fisherman with oars be strong
    Be steadfast to ensure the catch is good.

    chorus:

    Master fisherman
    Be sure of your rowing
    Master fisherman
    Inafo (fish) are willing
    Master fisherman
    Be steady at the rear
    Master fisherman
    The families are expecting

    Tautai“Look down on us Tagaloa(God of the sea) Look down on us with your
    blessings
    Give your permission that we may fish.

    Fishermen”Tautai e the Kakasi (type of fish)
    has taken Atutaoa (type of fish)
    Pa’ala (fish) & Mahimahi
    (fish) Tautai e hold the head
    to the fore all these fish
    have come down from long ago.

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:16 Story
    Vaka gaoi
  • 02:03 Story Lyrics
    Tagi Sina

    TAGI SINA (Sina is crying)
    Opetaia Foa'i/traditional

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Aue Tokelau / Kua fita ki tatou

    I faifaiga venei

    Sina is crying

    Sina is crying

    She is calling "please bring back the boat"

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

     

     

  • 03:10 Story Lyrics
    Te Vaka

    TE VAKA (The Canoe)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Tenei au te pule oto tatou folau
    Ki te motu i tafa ilagi
    Kote nuku e fotu ake nei
    Hoe hoe mai kia Tokelau ke tahi

    Ke mau / Te hoe ote vaka
    Hoe tahi / Te hoe ote vaka
    Teu atu / Te hoe ote vaka
    Keu atu / Te hoe ote vaka

    Pe mahai nei te tu tolu ke nonoa
    Ite noa taga ote loto tahi
    Kae hai mo a to fakaloto loto
    Ka ko au e fuli ko tatou e mae
    Ne tahi

    I, who am the head of this expedition
    have a vision
    That just beyond the horizon,
    there is a place that we will call our home.
    So row,
    row with Tui Tokelau (God of Tokelau).
    Row, row as one.

    CHANT

    Is there a way to unite the three (islands)
    into a single knot as in the heart of one,
    if there are thoughts of devidedness
    my thoughts only tell me of one.


    Land! land! we have arrived
    Land ahead look our land is rising

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:14 Story Lyrics
    E Keli

    E KELI (The Digging)
    Opetaia Foa'i/Traditional

    E keli kote vai (Traditional
    E tanu e te tai
    E keli ke hua
    E takele ai ko atua


    E keli ke lahi koloa (O.Foai)
    Ki kila te vaka o Tagaloa
    E keli ki lakau
    Te vaka o te Tui Tokelau

    (Verse repeated 3 times)

    The digging for water
    Keeps getting buried by the sea
    The digging for drinking water
    For the gods to bath in


    The digging for plentiful goods
    Look at the canoe of Tagaloa (god of the sea)
    The digging with sticks
    The canoe of Tui Tokelau (King of Tokelau)

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

  • 04:57 Story Lyrics
    Ika Ika

    IKA IKA (Fish fish)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ika ika
    Ika ote moana

    Fano atu ki te po
    Kua fana tu te aso tenei
    Kikila i kaumana i luga
    I luga i te lagi

    Fano atu ki te po
    Ko te lamasasave tenei
    Uamalau uaua
    Toso toso tukuvaka

    Tu ai au ki luga e siva
    E siva fiafia faka gali gali
    Tamilomilo faka fuli fuli

    Sasala te manogi
    Ma te monamona

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:14 Story Lyrics
    Siva mai

    SIVA MAI (Let's dance)
    Arrangement of 3 different traditional Pacific tracks)

    (Tuvalu Language)

    Te gala ka tu ne
    Galu galu fati fati
    Te hoe ote vaka (x3)
    Ka tele ki mua
    Oe oe pa'aga oe oe
    Puki puki pa'aga puki puki
    Te hoe ote vaka
    Ka tele ki mua
    ...........................

    (Samoan Language)

    Sua maia le tai e
    Sua maia le tai e
    Faiga figota le faiga alili
    Faimai le lomatua e fia ai se
    Faisua e tausi ai lona soifua
    Oi sole Emie
    Oi sole Emie
    Fai se tonu po fea
    Tali o ita i sou fia lelei
    Ae lilo ita onu masei
    Oi lou a ue
    Fai se tonu po fea
    .............................

    (Tokelau Language)

    Ko te leo e hau nei
    E hua galo galo e
    Au e mate a tu ko te leo
    O taku lupe
    Te nei e pepe ifo i ulu
    O gaha ma puapua
    Te nei e pepe ifo kae
    Kopa kopa ka tele

NOTES
TE VAKA WMCD1001

First Te Vaka album – originally released in New Zealand at the end of 1996. It was then repackaged and released worldwide through ARC music in 1997 with the Title of “Original Contemporary Pacific music.” This album was distributed world wide and set a new benchmark for Music from the South Pacific.

…”Te Vaka’s forceful rhythms, inspired melodies, and heartfelt songwriting offer a long – overdue, stereotype-smashing glimpse into the true soul of the South Seas”… j.poet Wired Magazine

…”Te Vaka belong to the most promising talent in the international world music scene”…MEDIA MARKT VISION, Germany – “****