Te Vaka's Great Hits - Song That Inspired Moana

by Te Vaka

Released 2017
Walt Disney Records
Released 2017
Walt Disney Records
A powerful collection of songs handpicked by the head of Disney Creative and released by Walt Disney Records to encapsulate both the greatest hits of Te Vaka and also the unique sound that inspired the music for Moana.

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  • 03:06 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

     

  • 03:48 Lyrics Haoloto

    HAOLOTO (Free)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    Te hakiliiga o te haoloto
    e mafai koe ke nofonofo
    tokatahi te auala
    taua mo tatou olaga

    Fehiliiga o te mafaufau
    pe mafai ke mau he tautahi
    tatou he vaega 
    kaiga o te lalolagi

    E toe foki mai
    na gali na fai e koe
    e toe foki mai
    agahala na gaoioi
    fakatu aloha
    te agaga haoloto tena
    tu mai ke hahaka ki ei

    Tu mai hihiva mai pepehe malie
    matagi te agaga te mimita
    te hihiva o te haoloto

    Tu mai pepehe mai hihiva malie
    matagi te agaga te mimita te 
    hihiva o te haoloto

    The search for freedom
    From where you are
    There is one way
    Most valued by us all

    There’s much Soul searching
    Though we try to go to it alone
    We all belong
    To a bigger family
    Of the world

    It will return
    All the good that you do
    It will return
    All the bad that you do
    Stand with love
    That’s where real freedom is 
    Stand up and move

    Stand up to dance and sing
    The warm winds comforting
    Dance freely with pride
    That’s the feeling
    When you are free

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:18 Story Lyrics Pate Pate

     

    PATE PATE (Log drum)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    taimi tenei e fai na hiva
    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    lue lue malie te gali o na hiva

    aue aue 
    tama mimita
    aue aue 
    teine mimita 
    aue aue 
    hihiva mimita 
    aue aue
    kikila mai la fakaakiali atu

    e a mai tau faiva e a mai
    taku ika e fofou ai au
    e a mai tau faiva e a mai

    hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve
    hihiva malie ki te pate pate

    chant: hiva ki luga hiva ki lalo
    hiva malie ki te pate pate

     

    get up stand up let your feelings be known
    the time has come to perform the dance
    get up stand up let your intentions be known
    swaying ever so sweetly the message in the dance

    Oh! Oh! 
    the boys are very bold
    Oh! Oh!
    the girls are very bold
    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    the dancers are very bold
    Oh! Oh!
    Watch me now, it’s my turn to show

    “How is the fishing with you, how is it?” (Girl)
    “The fish that I truly long for” (Boy)
    “How is the fishing with you, how is it? (Girl)

    CHORUS

    dance on up, dance just like that 
    dancing ever so sweetly to the Pate Pate (logdrum)

    chant: dance on up, dance on down
    Dancing ever so sweetly to the rhythms of the log drum
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:01 Lyrics Havili

    HAVILI (Blowing breeze)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    He huiga matagi
    kua havilivili
    fakaputu katoa
    au mea totino tuai

    ma tago fetogi kehe uma
    liliu ki lalo o foliga
    fakanoanoa e iku
    e maua e koe
    lahi ni mea e mata fiafia ai

    Kafai kua maua
    he malo silisili
    maua uma ia mea lelei
    hula ve he mea ofogia

    Ni itu kaiga vavega
    ea koe na fakaaliga
    e filifili e koe tau fano
    ta toe kamata
    lolomi la taku uo
    ke atea


    Kua toe kui
    i te mea hau ai koe
    Havilivili

    A wind of Hope
    is blowing our way
    gather up all
    your old belongings

    and throw them away
    turn that frown
    upside down and soon
    you will find
    much to smile about

    when you find it
    you will fully recover
    discover all that is good
    like magic they will appear

    it's some kind of miracle
    predictions become your own
    you choose then you go
    press clear my friend
    let's start over again

    returning to where
    you came from.

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:33 Lyrics Tele Ve Ko Koe

    Tele ve ko koe (Big as you are)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    verse 1

    kikila atu ki te lalolagi
    na tamā mata e lua
    mamao lautele
    he penina gigila i loto
    puipui i loto

    verse 2

    i tua atu o te ataata
    mafuaaga o moemitiga
    toeititi mulimuli
    toeititi oi moni
    heai he tete’ega,
    hovē ka veia,

     

    prechorus

    hau e miti
    e fai ke lele
    veia veia
    e liu ma aulo
    kafai e ke maua
    tataki kinā

    chorus

    he lalolagi tele foki
    e iloa pe ko afea
    fano mamao koe
    e tele ve ko koe

    bridge:

    kehe e kehe, lalolagi tena
    lalolagi e tele manaia
    tena tena o lalolagi
    lalolagi e mafai ke maua

     

    verse 1

    look at the world
    through two small eyes
    goes out far and wide
    a radiant pearl
    a prisoner inside 

    verse 2

    beyond the shadows
    comes your wildest dreams
    soon to follow
    soon be real
    theres no resistance
    or so it seems 

     

    prechorus

    you can dream
    and fly away
    turns to gold
    when you take hold
    of the reins

    chorus

    its a  bigger world too 
    you’ll know  it when 
    you go out far
    it’s as big as you are

    bridge

    a different world
    a very beautiful world
    there there
    a world you can have

     

     

       

    © 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

  • 04:07 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

  • 03:46 Lyrics Taku Uo Pele

    TAKU UO PELE (My dearest friend)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakafetai mo to alofa
    te gali ona taimi
    heoli lahi te fiafia
    kiki ki luga ve he matagi
    meake ve he lalolagi a tatou

    Taku uo pele
    hau la ke ta hiva
    taku uo pele pele
    mavae ai taua

    Manatua na aho
    kua galo atu
    te faikakata ma te fiafia
    e he mafai na puli
    oku mafaufau
    tatagi loto alofa i loto

    Taku uo pele
    toe tahi la te ta hiva
    taku uo pele pele
    toe tahi hiva taua

    Talohia fetaui taua
    I te lumanaki
    manuia to faiva
    malaga ki ko
    hiki ki luga
    fai pea na alofa
    na ko koe lava
    I toku loto

     

    thank you for your love
    for the best time
    we had one hell of a time
    kicking up a storm
    like we owned the world

    My dearest friend
    come lets dance
    my dearest friend
    before we part

    Remember the days
    that have passed by
    how we laughed with joy
    they will always remain
    in my mind as
    love resounds
    in my heart

    My dearest friend
    just one more dance
    my dearest friend
    one last dance for us

    I hope we meet again
    in the future
    I wish you well
    on your journey
    where ever that may be
    with high regard
    love will always remain
    with just you in my heart

     

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:28 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

  • 03:57 Story Lyrics Papa E (Edit)

    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

  • 02:59 Lyrics Lakalaka
    Written by Opetaia Foa'i and Matatia Foa'i
    TOKELAUAN
    MAOPOOPO MAI
    FAKALOGO MAI MAIA
    MAOPOOPO MAI
    HALOGO HALOGO
    LAKALAKA MAI

    KO TATOU KATOA 
    KO TENEI KAIGA
    KO TATOU ALOHA
    E KEKEHE TE LAGONA

    KO TATOU OLAGA
    KO TENEI VAEGA
    KO TENEI ALOHA
    E KEKEHE TE MANAIA

    POTOPOTOGA KI NA
    KE MAKEKE MAKEKE UMA
    ATUNUKU TAHI LOTO KI NA

    LAKALAKA TO VAE TENA
    LAKALAKA OU FOLIGA
    LAKALAKA LOTO FIAFIA
    LAKALAKA MAI LA

    LA LAKALAKA KI TUA KI MUA
    LA LAKALAKA KI LALO KI LUGA

    KO TAGATA KATOA
    KO TAGATA KAIGA
    KO TAGATA ALOHA
    E KEKEHE TE LAGONA

    EH EH FAKATU MAI LA
    FAKATU MAI NA LIMA
    HOHO HIKI NA VAE
    HAKAHAKA TATOU UMA

    LUELUE KO TE LUE LAVA I TOKU MAFAUFAU
    TU MAI NA LIMA
    HOHO HIKI NA VAE
    HAKAHAKA TATOU UMA
    HIKIHIKI NA VAE NA LIMA
    TOKU TINO FIA TAMILOMILO
    TU MAI LA KOUTOU UMA
    ​HAU LA HAU LA TATOU HIVA

    ENGLISH
    Gather around
    Listen up
    Gather around
    Listen listen
    Step this way

    It’s all of us together
    We are family
    Our love
    It’s a different kind of feeling

    Our way of life
    Expressed in this group 
    All this love shown
    Is different and beautiful

    When we unite
    It’s strong stronger together
    One land one heart

    Stepping with your feet like that
    Stepping and expressing with your face
    Stepping with a happy heart
    Stepping this way

    Stepping to the back to the front
    Stepping low and high

    All the people
    The people are all family
    The love of our people
    Has a different kind of feeling

    Hey hey stand up
    Get your hands up
    Move and lift your feet
    Let’s dance together

    Swaying only the sway is on my mind
    Get your hands up 
    Move and lift your feet
    Let’s dance together
    Lift your feet and hands 
    My body wants to spin around
    Let’s see you all stand
    ​C’mon c’mon let’s dance
NOTES
Spearheaded by Opetaia Foa'i (multi award-winning composer, "Moana" songwriter and lifelong ambassador of the South Pacific) Te Vaka is a rare Contemporary Polynesian experience which breaks all existing stereo-types and authentically fuses traditional Polynesian elements into the modern day like no other band.

This album contains a collection of Te Vaka's most popular all time tracks along plus some particular favourites of John Lasseter (Creative head of Disney and Pixar) and a brand new single - "Lakalaka"

If you are new to the Te Vaka sound, this is album is a great introduction.