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  1. Pate Pate

From the recording Ki mua

Courting fun between groups of young men and women. Much of the message is expressed in the dances, which are vibrant and provocative. This is an accepted way in which to communicate with the one they love. The boldness, the teasing, the confidence is openly expressed for all to see, spurred on and driven by the power of the log drums.
 
Tokelau language

Lyrics

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




tu la ki luga ke fai malamataimi tenei e fai na hivatu la ki luga ke fai malamalue lue malie te gali o na hiva
aue aue tama mimitaaue aue teine mimita aue aue hihiva mimita aue auekikila mai la fakaakiali atu
e a mai tau faiva e a maitaku ika e fofou ai aue a mai tau faiva e a mai
hihiva ki luga hihiva mai vehihiva malie ki te pate pate
chant: hiva ki luga hiva ki lalohiva malie ki te pate pate
 

get up stand up let your feelings be knownthe time has come to perform the danceget up stand up let your intentions be knownswaying ever so sweetly the message in the danceOh! Oh! the boys are very boldOh! Oh!the girls are very boldaue aue  Oh! Oh!the dancers are very boldOh! 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)CHORUSdance on up, dance just like that dancing ever so sweetly to the Pate Pate (logdrum)chant: dance on up, dance on downDancing ever so sweetly to the rhythms of the log drum


 
 



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