Monday, June 7, 2010

One for the Sunday arvo...

This band called 'Te Vaka' performing one of their more popular song 'Pate Pate' in Apia, the capital of Samoa.

Te Vaka is a group of eleven musicians and dancers from Pacific island countries of Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealnd that were brought together by a songwriter called Opetaia Foa'i.

Te Vaka's music is "grounded in the rhythms of the Pacific by the use of pate (single and double log drums) and pa'u (indigenous goat skin conga and bass drums). Most of their songs are written in the Tokelauan language, with some also written in Samoan and Tuvaluan languages.

They have been performing for international audiences since 1997, presenting a rich mix of Polynesia's ancient culture to the other countries around the globe.

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