"TE VAKA BEATS Vol 2" is 13 tracks of pure percussion power. Written by Te Vaka's master percussionist - Matatia Foai and produced by Opetaia Foai. "Te Vaka Beats Vol.2 " is a logdrum/percussion and chant style album which has gone places logdrums have not gone before. Drummers are going to love it and dancers will find many challenging beats for choreography.
Mastered at "The Bakery" in LA by grammy award winning mastering engineer, Eric Boulanger the log and skin drums are sounding better than ever.
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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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.
Log and skin drum Pacifically influenced percussion album - all brand new tracks
..."Putting Polynesian percussion firmly at the fore".... SONGLINES Magazine UK
"TE VAKA BEATS" is a 10 track album of new percussion tracks written by Te Vaka's master percussionist - Matatia Foai and produced by Opetaia Foai. "Te Vaka Beats" is for dancers, choreographers and anyone who loves log drums, skin drums and adventurous percussions. Mastered at "The Bakery" in LA by grammy award winning mastering engineer, Eric Boulanger you have not heard log drums like this before.
Winner “Best Pacific Music Album in NZ Music Awards Winner “Best Pacific Song” Pacific Music Awards
16 Page booklet with Lyrics and Translations
…“Te Vaka continues to delight with its wonderful mix of propulsive Pan-Pacific rhythms, folk-rock and world fusion…… The melodic songs this time feature more acoustic guitar and seductive percussion and less pop and rock elements which makes the music even more attractive” ….
ANGEL ROMERO Worldmusiccentral
…”even if you’re at all familiar with their style, this album will still probably surprise. Te Vaka have clearly progressed greatly since their early days and the album shows unexpected depth, poise and maturity.”….
PHIL WILSON Froots Magazine UK
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Winner 2nd Place in ISC awards Nominated for “Best Pacific Group” Nominated for Best Pacific Language album”
16 page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
…”on this melody-stacked album writer-singer Opetaia Foa’i and band seem to have hit a new peak. It is almost as if their relocation from New Zealand to Australia has pulled them back to what they did best. This album (their seventh) finds Te Vaka at a musical peak and Opetaia’s universal concerns — positivity and hope, the loss of friends, the gift of family – make this a heartfelt album on every level”…
Graham Reid – Music from Elsewhere NZ
Winner “Best Pacific Album” Winner”Best Pacific Group” Winner “Best Polynesian album” Hawaiian Music awards”
16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
....." the key flavours of Te Vaka’s sound continue to coalesce with time; the chants becoming more hummable and the songs impossibly more rhythmic. Haoloto means Free and sets the tone of joyous release that ironically has captivated their fans who will fall in love all over again with fresh tracks like Tauasa, Te Mavaega and Tui Moana. New ears could hope for no better a time to experience Te Vaka’s South Pacific fusion. "........ Cal Koat Worldbeat Canada
…”Haoloto (Free) follows the established pattern of Te Vaka’s other five releases, but the sound here is fuller, the log drumming is more urgent, the female voices are more assured and Foa’i’s songwriting is in top form”… Songlines Magazine UK