Te Vaka - South Pacific Fusion Music

Te Vaka has been described as one of the most talented and original World music acts to appear on the international scene for years. With a vibrant blend of traditional rhythms, indigenous instruments, captivating vocals and globally influenced contemporary sounds - this music is a fusion of styles that is both fresh and original.

Opetaia Foa’i is the songwriter/ lead vocalist of the group. The inspiration for his music comes from his multi-cultural upbringing - half Tokelauan, half Tuvaluan, born in Samoa and bought up in a Tokelauan community in New Zealand. Opetaia’s musical background spans both the traditional and the diverse influences of contemporary metropolitan culture. With 7 internationally acclaimed, award winning albums to date, he has been described as “one of New Zealand’s finest songwriters” and “ a true son of the Pacific”. Te Vaka has toured the world constantly since 1997 performing in 40 countries.

..."There is plenty of lip service paid to Pacific culture but Foa’i’s Te Vaka is the real oil: this is the canoe undertaking the great migration. To be moved by something so familiar, so pervasive it is taken for granted, is like rediscovering your own heartbeat"...
CHRIS BOURKE - Real Groove Magazine

Opetaia Foai and Te Vaka Te Vaka performing at WOMAD Reading
 Te Vaka at Reggae festival  Te Vaka performing in London





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One off performance in Auckland by Opetaia, Sulata and Neil on the 27th of August to celebrate the opening of Conservation International new office in NZ and the launch of the Auckland University Marine Science Institute.


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