Tutuki

by Te Vaka

Released 2004
Warm Earth Records
Released 2004
Warm Earth Records
Winner “Best Pacific Music Album”
Winner World Music Category ISC awards USA
Winner international category Australian Songwriting awards
Entered the European World Music Chart at No.4

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 05:27 Lyrics
    Samulai

    SAMULAI (Samurai)
    Lyrics and Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    ko au la e taofiofi toku poto
    kae Katakata au ki fafo
    te Agamalu taofiofi toku loto
    manakomia fakamalosiga

    kua malamalama tatou ki ei
    fakalauefaga o tou malo
    tupe lasi o vaka lasi
    kua afaina ai oku manatu

    te vasa pasifika
    nae se nofaoga e o tautai
    ka ko nei kua sisi kosolo
    e te samulai

    ofu mai te gali
    fakataga koe i toku fale
    se tino faimea-alofa mai fafo
    ke pulea se tasi fakai

    tau fuafuaga e fakatau toku alofa
    ke mafia ai koe o saoloto
    se vale lasi se mala lasi
    ko faiaina ai oku manatu

    gotta hold back what I know
    keep my smile on the outside
    my dignity is held up inside
    in need of some reinforcement

    I’ve come to understand
    your expanding empire plan
    your big cash
    your big ships
    you know it affects my thinking

    the pacific ocean was once
    the home of the tautai
    now it is being fished
    by the Samurai

    you come dressed to impress
    invite yourself into my home
    another gift bearing foreigner
    controlling another’s domain

    you plan to buy my love
    so I give you freedom
    to do as you please
    a big fool
    a big disappointment
    you having defeated my thinking

    watch out the Samurai

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:13 Lyrics
    Tauale mataku

    TAUALE MATAKU (Terrifying disease)
    Lyrics and Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    much pain
    much blood
    so much love
    e mataku lele e lahi lele
    fakanoanoa fakanoanoa

    haloa ki na loto
    tagi tagi ake
    toto ona fenua
    halalau ake
    haloa kina loto
    tokalahi laue
    o toto ona fenua
    tafe tafe ake

    e he malamalama fakamalamalama
    fakaakoakoga fakaakoakoga
    ke fakafeagai ai
    e he malamalama fakamalamalama
    fakaakoakoga fakaakoakoga
    mafai taofi ai

    no shame don’t hide
    so much pride

    he tauale o te olaga
    he ko mumuni
    tatau faiaina
    tauale fou o te olaga
    tatau kave kehe
    mo na tamaiti nei

    much pain
    much blood
    so much love
    its terrifying to see
    so much sadness

    all those poor souls
    crying out like that
    as the blood
    that taints this land
    spreads freely

    all those poor souls
    quietly screaming
    as the blood
    that taints this land
    runs freely

    we don’t understand
    and we must understand
    the need to educate
    just to confront it

    we don’t understand
    and we must understand
    the need to educate
    we can defeat it

    no shame don’t hide
    so much pride

    a disease of our time
    must not be ignored
    it must be defeated
    a disease of our time
    we must remove it
    for our children’s sake

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:53 Lyrics
    Lakilua

    LAKILUA
    Opetaia Foa'i

     


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:08 Lyrics
    Tutuki

    TUTUKI (Play the beat)
    Lyrics and Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    tuki tutuki
    te mimita ko na fatele
    tuki tutuki
    na hiva taua
    tuki tutuki
    pokihi mo na fatele
    tuki tutuki
    na pehe ma na hiva

    na hiva venei e
    lahi te malie
    fiafia tatou
    te matagi te fafia
    pe hui i he tahi
    foki na tamaiti
    ke mautinoa fiafia
    kafai akoako atu

    fai mai taga
    fakamaualuga mai
    mimita na pehe
    na hiva

    beat it play the beat
    so proud of the fatele
    beat it play the beat
    for this important dance
    beat it play the beat
    for these songs and dances

    dances like these
    are so beautiful
    they bring much pride
    and joy to us all
    we must be proud
    when we pass it on to our children
    so they are proud to pass it on too

    do the dance moves
    do them the best you can
    so proud when we sing
    so proud when we dance

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:04 Lyrics
    Tamahana

    TAMAHANA (Tama & Mahana)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    I have always loved you
    I hope to for a life time
    the promise made
    by this heart of mine
    hold the line
    you know one day I will come
    I will come for you

    you don’t know what it’s like
    for all your hopes to rise
    to see them fall again
    with the setting sun
    in my heart you’re the one
    I know one day you will come
    you will come for me

    I will comfort you
    we’ll grow old forever
    together in love
    to settle in the calm
    following loves frown
    it’s just you and I
    never let you down
    I will never let you down

    Tamahana
    E he galo koe i toku loto (“You will never leave my heart”)
    Tamahana
    just you and I
    for a life time

    I will always love you
    and not for just this lifetime
    the promise made
    by this heart of mine

    you’re the one
    I knew one day you would come
    you would come for me

    Tamahana
    E he galo koe i toku loto
    Tamahana
    just you and I
    for all time

     

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Te Kaiga

    TE KAIGA (The family)
    Lyrics & Muaic - Opetaia Foa'i

    te mea pito taua
    mo te kaiga
    ko te hauniga o tamaiti
    i mea o te olaga
    fakapelepele ma te haoloto

    fakamalohi te kaiga
    puipuiga o te kaiga
    tapenapena mo te olaga
    hololelei mea kaiga

    fakapelepele ki tamaiti
    fakalalahi te aloha
    fakamatala ki tamaiti
    akoako ke poto ai

    te mea pito taua
    i te fanauga
    mea moni talamoni fakahino lelei
    na matua
    fakapepepepe fia lele te manu

    fakamalohi te kaiga - tauhiga
    puipuiga o te kaiga - fanauga
    tapenapena mo te olaga - tauhiga
    hololelei mea kaiga - te aloha

    lumanaki o tamaiti
    fakahino ma tauhi ai
    pukupuku na taimi
    na taimi na tuku mai

    the most valuable thing
    to a family
    is preparing the children
    ready to face the world
    it takes a lot of care
    to be free and confident

    keep the family strong
    protect family values
    in preparing for their future
    keep it in good order

    treasure the young
    they need lots of love
    explain to the young
    teach so they understand

    the most valuable thing
    to the children
    is the truth, telling the truth
    and showing by example
    by the parents
    they‘re just hovering
    before they fly

    the future of our young
    show you care for them
    it’s a very short time
    we have with them
    this time we are given

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:07 Lyrics
    Magalogalo

    MAGALOGALO
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Uluhina

    ULUHINA (The elders)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    ou manako ke kitea uma
    ke fetaui katoa uma
    tatou nei
    e muamua te alofa ki luga
    maua ai te maopoopoga
    ko tatou nei

    tu mai la ke aloalo fakatahi e
    heai he lotoa
    fakaha ko he ma
    tu mai siva mai ke malie
    ke malie

    luelue ake mama
    lue lue mai ve papa
    e papa e mama
    tumau ki te fafia

    ko hiva mo uluhina
    ko hina hiva vena
    katakata ma te fiafia
    ko hiva mo uluhina
    ko hina hiva vena
    malie ma te makeke

    e fakatalanoaga tatou uma
    ki tua ma taimi ki mua
    ke lelei tatou ki ei

    mothers voice your thoughts
    fathers raise up your voices
    respectfully we listen
    to our uluhina

    I have a wish
    for us all
    to gather together
    to be united

    we will first acknowledge
    love from above
    to the one that brought
    us together today

    then celebrate
    stand and row together
    in the dance
    we break down
    the barriers between us
    no need for shyness
    as we dance ever so sweetly

    sway this way mama
    sway that way papa
    e papa e mama
    looking steady
    looking proud

    a dance of the uluhina
    uluhinas dance like that
    the laughter the joy
    this dance of the uluhina
    see uluhinas dance
    so sweetly so steady

    we will tell our many stories
    stories of the past
    and of the future
    it’s our way to share
    to satisfy us all

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:51 Lyrics
    Aivoli taoa

    AIVOLI TAOA
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    tatou olo ki ei
    tau olo ki ei
    tatau na kamata fakavave mai
    tatou olo ki ei
    tau olo ki ei
    tatau fakavave ke taunuku ai

    ofi ki loto loto kautaga
    kitea ki ei loloto ma te malulu
    ite ikuga ko koe lava ma koe
    ke fakamanatu mau mautu makeke

    e e maua e
    hakili ni paoa te aivoli taoa

    ko kitea ala tahi
    fofou tatou fakataunuku
    e valu motu fogafale
    e fofou tatou ke haoloto

    holoholo i te olaga kehe
    potopoto i te olaga kehe

    te aivoli taoa
    te faigata te pogiha
    aivoli taoa
    te fiafia fakapagota

    he fofou ke fakatali
    i te laina ke kaukaunagia
    mataku lele i te faiva
    ke maua mea
    e tatau ke ko maua

    we must go there
    we need to go there
    have to start
    have to hurry
    we must get there
    we need to get there
    have to hurry to make it

    broke into your hollow frame
    saw how deep cold and unkind
    I am reminded
    of the real hard fact
    in the end
    you only have you

    getting more power
    is the aivoli taoa

    I see only one way out
    for all of our wishes to succeed
    eight levels I found to hold
    all our wishes to break free

    we’re moving towards a different world
    we’re gaining knowledge of a different world 

    the aivoli taoa
    so hard so dark
    the aivoli taoa
    happy to keep you a prisoner

    I don’t wish to wait in line
    next to be served
    I’m dead scared of getting
    what I might deserve

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 00:45 Lyrics
    Oku Tupuga

    OKU TUPUGA 
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Aue Ioa He

    Aue Aue

    Aue Oku Tupuga e

    Aue Aue

    Aue Oku Tuguga e Taukikila Ioa

    Fakahino tatou

    Ke hiki ake hiki hiki ake

    Tu hako kakai

    Tagaloa Tagaloa

    Fakatahi ke amo

    Te Mauga o Maui e

    Tu katoa tu katoa

    E Ioa e Ioa

    Fakatu katoa

    He

    My Ancestors

    Oh! Ioa (name of god)

    Aue Aue (to summon the presence of)

    I call on all my ancestors

    Aue Aue (to summon the presence of)

    I call on all my ancestors

    Ever watchful Ioa

    We need your guidance

    To uplift us as we rise

    To stand upright on this land

    With Tagaloa (god)

    Together we can carry

    This mountain of Maui

    Stand atogether stand united

    Ioa Ioa

    We stand united

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:34 Lyrics
    Manu Samoa

    MANU SAMOA (The Samoan Rugby team)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    alu le manu le manu Samoa
    alu ma le atoa aia
    alu le manu le manu Samoa
    tama tama toa tama toa toa tama

    ua e fa’aali
    i le lalolagi
    le lototele mo lou atunu’u
    e mafua ai le malosi
    le malosi ma le mimita

    e toetiti ae taunu’u
    le fasiiga o le liona
    e laititi ae maini
    fa’amaualuga ai le Pasifika

    e ese pasese
    i le igoa o Samoa
    e ese pasese
    le sui maualuga o Samoa

    ua va’ai iai
    i le lalolagi
    lou lototele mo lou atunu’u
    e mafua ai le malosi
    le malosi ma le mimita
    o le mea lilo
    o lau tatalo
    ua maua ai tele mea lelei
    e laititi ae maini
    fa’amaualuga ai le Pasifika

    go the manu samoa
    go with all your strength
    go the manu samoa
    our men our warriors

    you have shown the world
    great courage for your country
    brings out a certain strength
    that comes from being proud

    you nearly succeeded
    in defeating the lion
    though a small nation
    you have a mighty sting
    upholding the name of the Pacific

    they become different people
    in the name of Samoa
    they become different people
    when representing Samoa

    it’s been witnessed
    by the whole world
    great courage from your country
    it brings about a strength
    that comes from being proud
    your secret is in your prayer
    where all good things come
    though a small nation
    you have a mighty sting
    upholding the name of the Pacific

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:00 Lyrics
    Te lalama

    TE LALAMA
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:12 Lyrics
    Iuliana

    IULIANA
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    kitea koe i toku mafaufau
    ofo au ite gali ou foliga
    tau vaka kua taunuku
    manaia o te sui o tau malaga tena
    malaga vena

    loto tele loto malohi
    mata ola matapoto ki mea
    ote lalolagi
    e kikila ake i te alofa
    teuteu te toko
    faka tumau ai tatou

    hau te matagi fakafiafia ai toku loto
    o te alofa tena
    paku e mataka
    kamata fou ke faka poto
    te agaga kimataga
    ko Iuliana

    fakamalamalama Iuliana
    fakamakeke Iuliana
    o te fiafiaga Iuliana
    aue aue Iuliana

    fai ai toku folafolaga
    toe kave te alofa kia koe
    e te lahi lele o te alofa
    magamaga te lagi
    te kata ki taua olaga

    saw you in my mind
    amazed at how beautiful
    you looked
    your ship has certainly landed
    good fortune has come
    brought by a change in your journey
    the journey you took

    your confidence and determination
    sharp mind and quick witted
    tested by our adventures
    of the world
    but look at all this love
    I’m taking care of the one
    that holds us all together

    a warm wind comes
    to warm my heart
    and I know it to be love
    shedding your skin
    to begin a new
    understanding
    for the soul, a new beginning
    for Iuliana

    new understanding for Iuliana
    new found strength for Iuliana
    bringing much joy for Iuliana

    I made a promise
    to return the love
    you gave to me
    and there is so much love
    causing the sky to open up
    smiling
    impressed with your new existence

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:09 Lyrics
    Tofa e

    TOFA E (Farewell)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    te lomatua te ahiahiga
    fakalili ma fakaita
    mitimiti au i tou fakaaliga
    manakoga te taumafaiga

    e tumutumu na vaka
    na vaka o tupuga
    te fiafia te kata

    tofa tofa e taku pele
    kua maua te filemu
    tofa tofa e taku pele
    mavae ki taua

    manatua tou fakatonuga
    takitaki lelei ke manumalo
    te taumafaiga
    lomatua ma te kaiga
    kua malamalama nei au
    i tou manakoga

    e fakamoemoe
    e maua nei e koe
    lotomalu ma te filemu
    fakatofa e lahi te alofa
    maea anamua kae agai ki mua

    an old woman visiting
    teases me to anger
    held steady locked in a dream
    to pass on a task

    with over-filled canoes
    canoes carrying ancestors
    looking weary looking satisfied
    a long journey’s end giving
    relief and freedom to return

    farewell my loved ones with
    your new-found peace
    farewell my loved ones
    this is where we part ways

    I recall the conditions
    to lead well and succeed
    an old woman with family
    all you ask
    is to be understood

    I hope you have found
    all that you wished for
    all that is calm and peaceful
    farewell to you with love
    the past ends here for you
    where my future begins

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
The fourth Te Vaka album, "Tutuki" won "Best Pacific Music Album. The fifth track "Tamahana"has won a number of songwriting awards and the first Track "Samulai" won second place in the World music category of the USA international songwriting competition. This album has been described as "Traditional but not too provincial, funky but not too Western, polished but not too slick". In this one Opetaia takes up subjects of concern in the South Pacific such as over-fishing and AIDS but balances it well with inspired tracks about the positive aspects of Pacific life. Again, the band's stunning blend of original, traditionally influenced South Pacific Fusion has infected people all over the world with it's infectious pulsating log drum rhythms and uplifting melodies. SONGLINES UK