Tagi Sina

02:03
Te Vaka
1997
Te Vaka

Story

The people of Tokelau were taken by South American slave traders between 1850 and 1872. By 1872 the population of Tokelau was down to eighty people, mainly old men and women and little children. This song expresses the sadness and desperation felt by those left behind.  

 

Tokelau language

Lyrics

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"

   

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