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

 


 

HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ON THIS WEBSITE

BIO - Band Biography, Opetaia Foai Biography, Chronology of Achievements
MUSIC - About the Music, Discography, The log drums, About Pacific Music
AUDIO - Listen to the music, read the lyrics, information about the songs
STORE - Buy the CDs, DVDs, downloads and T-shirts
GALLERY - See pictures
VIDEOS - watch videos
SHOW - About the Show, About the Costumes
REVIEWS - A selection of reviews across the 7 Albums
BLOG - Blog written by Te Vaka management
CONTACT - Contact: the band, the management, licensing, sales etc.

 


 

 

        

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LATEST NEWS

Album no. 8 on schedule for release halfway through 2015. Updates to timeframes will be posted here!

UPCOMING TOURS & PERFORMANCES

2015 -2016 USA. Dates are starting to confirm for September/October 2015 details coming soon.....

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