E Keli

03:14
Te Vaka
1997
Te Vaka

Story

Depicting the different roles of men and women in Tokelau. The song is calling the women on shore to the men returning from fishing. 

 

Tokelau language

Lyrics

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)

   

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