Amataga

by Te Vaka

Released 09/25/2015
Warm Earth Records
Released 09/25/2015
Warm Earth Records
Nominated for: World music Category of ISC
“Best Pacific Music Album in NZ music awards
“Best Pacific Group”, “Best Pacific Song”
“Best Pacific Language” in Pacific Music Awards

16 Page booklet with Lyrics and Translations

  • 03:35 Lyrics
    Tele Ve Ko Koe

    Tele ve ko koe (Big as you are)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    verse 1

    kikila atu ki te lalolagi
    na tamā mata e lua
    mamao lautele
    he penina gigila i loto
    puipui i loto

    verse 2

    i tua atu o te ataata
    mafuaaga o moemitiga
    toeititi mulimuli
    toeititi oi moni
    heai he tete’ega,
    hovē ka veia,

     

    prechorus

    hau e miti
    e fai ke lele
    veia veia
    e liu ma aulo
    kafai e ke maua
    tataki kinā

    chorus

    he lalolagi tele foki
    e iloa pe ko afea
    fano mamao koe
    e tele ve ko koe

    bridge:

    kehe e kehe, lalolagi tena
    lalolagi e tele manaia
    tena tena o lalolagi
    lalolagi e mafai ke maua

     

    verse 1

    look at the world
    through two small eyes
    goes out far and wide
    a radiant pearl
    a prisoner inside 

    verse 2

    beyond the shadows
    comes your wildest dreams
    soon to follow
    soon be real
    theres no resistance
    or so it seems 

     

    prechorus

    you can dream
    and fly away
    turns to gold
    when you take hold
    of the reins

    chorus

    its a  bigger world too
    you’ll know  it when
    you go out far
    it’s as big as you are

    bridge

    a different world
    a very beautiful world
    there there
    a world you can have

     

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

     

     

  • 03:37 Lyrics
    Papua I Sisifo

    PAPUA I SISIFO (West Papua)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Papua i sisifo

    kua lava
    tahi leo tahi o loto
    heai holitulafono

    tino o te la
    tu fakatahi
    tagata fafine tamaiti uma
    maua loa te haolotoga

    prech

    te lalolagi kua takamilo
    matamata mai

    chorus

    west papua
    with you now
    freedom
    freedom now
    west papua
    we’re with you now

    te afi kua kakaha
    fakalalahi ki luga

     

    West papua

    enough is enough
    one voice one heart
    no more injustice,

    people of the sun
    stand together as one
    every man woman and child
    we want freedom now

    prech

    the world is turning
    watching us now

    chorus

    west papua
    with you now
    freedom
    freedom now
    west papua
    we’re with you now

    this fire is already burning
    rising higher and higher

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:43 Lyrics
    Siva Mamalu

    SIVAL MAMALU (Majestic dance)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Siva mamalu

    verse 1

    va’ai iai o le manaia                        
    ata ata mimita i le loto
    o le siva mamalu a tatou

    chorus

    alu alu
    malosi iai
    o le siva mamalu a tatou
    alu alu
    matagofie
    o le siva mamalu a tatou

    verse 2

    e onopapa’i le va’aia         -
    faitala e lima i le poto
    ofoofo le siva a tatou

    chorus 2

    alu alu
    malosi iai
    o le siva mamalu a tatou
    alu alu
    matagofie
    o le siva mamalu e malie

    verse 3

    fa’ase’e le vae fai failemu
    osooso mimita i le loto
    po le vae ae lue ulu

     se’e o le se’e
    luga  ma lalo

     

    Majestic dance

    verse 1

    see how beautiful
    smiling proudly inside
    this is our majestic dance

     chorus

    go go
    with all your strength
    this is our majestic dance
    go go
    it’s beautiful
    this is our majestic dance

    verse 2

    graceful to watch
    let the hands tell the story
    surprising all in our dance

    chorus 2

    go go
    with all your strength
    this is our majestic dance
    go go
    it’s beautiful
    sweet is our majestic dance

    verse 3

    slide your feet ever so gently
    so proud swells inside
    slap your leg nod your head 

    slide it’s the slide
    up and down

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    Sasa Le Vao

    SASA LE VAO (Cut the grass)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Sasa le vao

    tama o le nu’u – io ioe
    fa’amalosi mai – ioe aue      
    tele le galuega – io ioe        
    tele le malae – lue galue     

    Cut the grass

    boys of the land  - yes yes
    be strong  - yes yes
    There’s much work to be done yes yes
    a huge field to cut – sway                            
    while you work

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Amataga

    AMATAGA (The beginning)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Amataga

    verse1

    fai te mea e tatau
    mo te lalolagi
    ke amanakia nei
    kave fakatatau

    verse 2

    tuku lahiga kave
    foki lumanaki
    fakahoa lelei aho
    fakamoemoega mo a taeao

    prech

    mafaufauga lumanaki
    hologa o te olaga
    felau na mea a tatou
    i te alofa
    ke agai ki koga fou

    chorus

    ke toe foki manako au ki ei
    toe kamata te aloha
    ma fealofani
    talitonu ietahi loto
    amataga vena

     

     

    The beginning

    verse1

    play our part in this world
    to care for it
    take what you need

    verse 2

    put back more than you take
    it’s to our future that we give
    how it used to be
    in the beginning

    prech

    with the future in mind
    with our lives we go on
    sharing what we have
    with love and hope
    rise to a new horizon

    chorus

    i want to return
    to the beginning
    to love and respect
    believing in each other
    like it was
    in the beginning

     

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Mama E

    MAMA E (Mother)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Mama e

    verse 1

    mama e
    nofo lelei i lou mafaufau
    le mea pito taua
    mama e aue
    pito maualuga
    lou alofa mo lou aiga

    verse 2

    o’u te manatua taimi
    faitala ai taua
    ataata ma le fiafia
    mama e aue
    a’oa’o mai auala
    e fa’aoga i lo’u olaga

    prech:

    manatua ou foliga
    ataata ma le fiafia

    chorus:

    tele tele amio fa’atigaina
    tele tele alofa i fa’asa’oina

    ese ese amio fa’afiuloto
    tele tele alofa onosa’i uma

     

    Mama e

    verse 1

    remains firmly in your mind
    a thing most precious
    mama e
    a thing most valued
    your love for your family

    verse 2

    i remember the times
    we talked about things
    the laughter and the joy
    mama e
    taught me many things
    i now use in my life


    prech

    i recall your face
    the laughter and the joy

    chorus

    many painful mistakes i made
    much love you gave in correcting me

    different ways i caused you stress
    so much love and patience you gave me 

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 02:52
    Tike Te Galu
  • 02:07 Lyrics
    Te Manaia

    TE MANAIA (Paradise)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Te manaia

    te mea e lahi te gali te manaia
    te mata te fiafia
    te mata te aloha
    e galue e
    e tafao e
    ko te fenua fealofani

     

    Paradise

    it’s the most beautiful thing
    to see such happy faces
    filled with love
    love for life
    working together
    playing together
    land filled with love

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

     

  • 03:17 Lyrics
    Tolu Fitu 0

    TOLU FITU O (370)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Tolu fitu o

    verse1

    pakē a ukamea i te lagi
    ulufia te ea toka
    ma toe galo
    heai ni kupu fakamalie
    fakanoanoa ma te fita

    verse 2

    talohaga ma talotaloga
    loimata heai he takiala
    kaiga ka liu ka liu fatu
    kui atu ki tugamau

    prech

    helau ia fehili
    fokotahi oi oti te po
    pe iei he tino koi ola

    chorus

    heai he logo mai 370
    239 te pahehe
    galo kae heai he tino ola
    tutupu mea uigakehe
    fakaaliga a leitio

     

    370

    verse 1

    cold metal crash the sky
    penetrates the silent air
    then disappears
    no words to satisfy
    among  the grief and anguish

    verse 2

    every wish and hope we pray
    tears burn with no direction
    home soon turns to stone
    and finds a hollow grave 

    prech

    a hundred questions
    but only one tonight
    if any still alive

    chorus

    no signal from mh 370
    239 passengers
    lost without survivors
    strange things begin to show
    radio prediction grows 

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

  • 02:31
    Uso
  • 03:47 Lyrics
    Oku Aho La

    OKU AHO LA (My sunny days)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Oku aho la

    verse1

    tatau fakamakeke
    e iloa lelei
    ko au e he sese
    i te hakiliga
    koi tele auala i luma  
    kikila atu ite aho
    lalolagi te matafi
    na uiga kino

    prech

    oi taofi te ua
    kaumai toku aho la
    fakatali na aho uma

    chorus:

    lalo luga te faiga nei  
    mafai na suiga
    luga lalo olaga nei
    fai ke lelei

    verse 2:

    nofo i luga o te kilitai
    he motu ma fa’ase’e
    i luga o toku fale
    moemiti au ki aho ki mua
    takoto telefua
    takele i te la

    bridge:

    te avanoa tenei kua pa mai
    tuku mai ae pukupuku te taimi nei
    ke malohi to taumafai
    fakaali to alofa
    muamua loto vena

    verse 3:

    te malie
    manako ke lelei
    kae malili ifo ki lalo
    aue e muhu ai au
    heai he mea pito te manaia
    matala malie toku mafaufau i te la

    My sunny days

    verse 1

    got to be strong know well
    i'm not wrong
    searched hard still got a long way to go
    i look forward to the day
    when the world insane fades away

     

    prech

    go on stop the rain
    bring me my sunny days
    in my sunny days
    i look forward to every day

    chorus

    down up the way it goes
    we can change that
    up down life goes
    but we can make it good

    verse 2

    i want to stay above sea level
    on an island with a lean-to
    dream about the days to come
    lying naked soaking in the sun

     

    bridge

    opportunity is here
    given to us but a brief moment
    stand strong resolute
    show your love always
    a winning heart when it’s like that

    verse 3

    it’s funny when i want it good
    soon comes crumbling down
    still i refuse there’s nothing so fine
    let the sun relax my mind

     

    Music and Lyrics Opetaia Foa'i

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i 

NOTES
…“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 …
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Te Vaka

by Te Vaka

Released 1997
Warm Earth Records
Released 1997
Warm Earth Records
A vibrant blend of traditional rhythms, indigenous instruments and captivating vocals with globally influenced contemporary sounds creating a fusion that is both fresh and original.
  • 01:03 Story
    Tokelau
  • 05:02 Story Lyrics
    Te Namo

    TE NAMO (The Lagoon)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakateletele i te namo ki iuta
    Fakatu pehe taumuliava
    Te Lahu, Te Tufa, Te Loto, Te Alohi
    Kikila i tamaliki ma tupu laga

    He ma pehe
    He ma pehe Tokelau

    Fesili ake pe fano ki fea
    Saloa na fetu kua motoki

    Te gali ote aso tenei
    Te matagi kua agiagi mai
    Manulele kua eva ki luga
    I te gali ote aso tenei
    Fano atu ki luga o te tai

    Fakateletele ai toku vaka
    Te gali ote aso tenei
    Te matagi kua agiagi mai

    Ooh te namo Te matagi
    Ooh te namo

    ma tamaliki Ooh te namo
    Manulele

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:56 Story
    Pate mo tou vae
  • 04:18 Story Lyrics
    Papa e

    PAPA E (Father)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i 

    Hihiki mai i faifaiga o te fenua
    e he puli au ite olaga masani
    he mafai fakapuli ite loto
    ite loto o papa e
    aue ite nuku o papa e

    Chorus:
    Aue aue Papa e
    Aue Papa e
    Aue aue Papa e
    ite nuku o Papa e

    Oku moko mokoga ke toe fanatu
    i mea nae masani ai
    kata lava e mua mai
    te kata o Papa e
    aue ite nuku o Papa e
    Listen Listen
    While I tell you of the ways of the land
    I shan’t forget those familiar ways
    Those joyous memories embedded in
    the heart
    In the heart of Papa e
    In the land of Papa e

    CHORUS:

    Oh ! Papa e
    Oh! Papa e
    Oh! Papa e
    In the land of Papa e

    In my mind I often go there
    to places that contain fondest memories
    The friendliness the joy the laughter
    the laughter of Papa e
    In the land of Papa e
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:27 Story Lyrics
    Ki te la

    KI TE LA (Shine the sun)
    Opetaia Foai/traditional

     

    Te mea te manaia
    Ko fenua fiafia
    Te mea te manaia
    Ko fenue fiafia
    E i loa ite a?
    E loa ite loto e tahi
    Te loto fealofani

    Ki te la ki te fale
    Ki te la mo fenua
    Ki te la ki te fale
    Mo na tino fiafia
    (repeat)

     

    The most wonderful thing
    to behold is a happy nation
    How can you tell?
    You can tell by the heart
    when the heart is as one
    when it is friendly and free

    Shine the sun on this house
    Shine the sun on this land
    Shine the sun for all those
    who are friendly and free.

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

  • 04:10 Story Lyrics
    Tautai e

    TAUTAI E  (Master Fisherman)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakatu ake
    Fakatu ake te launiu
    Ki oku tua
    Te faoa tautau atu ake faitau ake

    chorus:

    Tautai e tautai e
    Ke mau a tu tau hoe
    Tau tai e tautai e
    inafo kua lalaga mai
    Tautai e tautai e
    Ke mau atu tau hoe
    Tautai e tautai e
    Na kaiga amanaki mai

    Tautai “Kikila ake Tagaloa Tagaloa a lagi
    Kikila ake i kaumana o ika”

     

    Fishermen“Tautai e kua lau ki kakasi
    Atutaoa pa’ala he mahimahi
    Tautai e taofi atu te ulu ki mua
    Na ika ienei na sau lava mai
    lanamua”

     

    Be steady
    Be steady with the launiu (fishing pole)
    Standing behind you
    Your fisherman with oars be strong
    Be steadfast to ensure the catch is good.

    chorus:

    Master fisherman
    Be sure of your rowing
    Master fisherman
    Inafo (fish) are willing
    Master fisherman
    Be steady at the rear
    Master fisherman
    The families are expecting

    Tautai“Look down on us Tagaloa(God of the sea) Look down on us with your
    blessings
    Give your permission that we may fish.

    Fishermen”Tautai e the Kakasi (type of fish)
    has taken Atutaoa (type of fish)
    Pa’ala (fish) & Mahimahi
    (fish) Tautai e hold the head
    to the fore all these fish
    have come down from long ago.

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:16 Story
    Vaka gaoi
  • 02:03 Story Lyrics
    Tagi Sina

    TAGI SINA (Sina is crying)
    Opetaia Foa'i/traditional

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Ko kalalaga tuku mai te vaka e

    Aue Tokelau / Kua fita ki tatou

    I faifaiga venei

    Sina is crying

    Sina is crying

    She is calling "please bring back the boat"

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

     

     

  • 03:10 Story Lyrics
    Te Vaka

    TE VAKA (The Canoe)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Tenei au te pule oto tatou folau
    Ki te motu i tafa ilagi
    Kote nuku e fotu ake nei
    Hoe hoe mai kia Tokelau ke tahi

    Ke mau / Te hoe ote vaka
    Hoe tahi / Te hoe ote vaka
    Teu atu / Te hoe ote vaka
    Keu atu / Te hoe ote vaka

    Pe mahai nei te tu tolu ke nonoa
    Ite noa taga ote loto tahi
    Kae hai mo a to fakaloto loto
    Ka ko au e fuli ko tatou e mae
    Ne tahi

    I, who am the head of this expedition
    have a vision
    That just beyond the horizon,
    there is a place that we will call our home.
    So row,
    row with Tui Tokelau (God of Tokelau).
    Row, row as one.

    CHANT

    Is there a way to unite the three (islands)
    into a single knot as in the heart of one,
    if there are thoughts of devidedness
    my thoughts only tell me of one.


    Land! land! we have arrived
    Land ahead look our land is rising

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:14 Story Lyrics
    E Keli

    E KELI (The Digging)
    Opetaia Foa'i/Traditional

    E keli kote vai (Traditional
    E tanu e te tai
    E keli ke hua
    E takele ai ko atua


    E keli ke lahi koloa (O.Foai)
    Ki kila te vaka o Tagaloa
    E keli ki lakau
    Te vaka o te Tui Tokelau

    (Verse repeated 3 times)

    The digging for water
    Keeps getting buried by the sea
    The digging for drinking water
    For the gods to bath in


    The digging for plentiful goods
    Look at the canoe of Tagaloa (god of the sea)
    The digging with sticks
    The canoe of Tui Tokelau (King of Tokelau)

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

  • 04:57 Story Lyrics
    Ika Ika

    IKA IKA (Fish fish)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ika ika
    Ika ote moana

    Fano atu ki te po
    Kua fana tu te aso tenei
    Kikila i kaumana i luga
    I luga i te lagi

    Fano atu ki te po
    Ko te lamasasave tenei
    Uamalau uaua
    Toso toso tukuvaka

    Tu ai au ki luga e siva
    E siva fiafia faka gali gali
    Tamilomilo faka fuli fuli

    Sasala te manogi
    Ma te monamona

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:14 Story Lyrics
    Siva mai

    SIVA MAI (Let's dance)
    Arrangement of 3 different traditional Pacific tracks)

    (Tuvalu Language)

    Te gala ka tu ne
    Galu galu fati fati
    Te hoe ote vaka (x3)
    Ka tele ki mua
    Oe oe pa'aga oe oe
    Puki puki pa'aga puki puki
    Te hoe ote vaka
    Ka tele ki mua
    ...........................

    (Samoan Language)

    Sua maia le tai e
    Sua maia le tai e
    Faiga figota le faiga alili
    Faimai le lomatua e fia ai se
    Faisua e tausi ai lona soifua
    Oi sole Emie
    Oi sole Emie
    Fai se tonu po fea
    Tali o ita i sou fia lelei
    Ae lilo ita onu masei
    Oi lou a ue
    Fai se tonu po fea
    .............................

    (Tokelau Language)

    Ko te leo e hau nei
    E hua galo galo e
    Au e mate a tu ko te leo
    O taku lupe
    Te nei e pepe ifo i ulu
    O gaha ma puapua
    Te nei e pepe ifo kae
    Kopa kopa ka tele

NOTES
TE VAKA WMCD1001

First Te Vaka album – originally released in New Zealand at the end of 1996. It was then repackaged and released worldwide through ARC music in 1997 with the Title of “Original Contemporary Pacific music.” This album was distributed world wide and set a new benchmark for Music from the South Pacific.

…”Te Vaka’s forceful rhythms, inspired melodies, and heartfelt songwriting offer a long – overdue, stereotype-smashing glimpse into the true soul of the South …
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Ki mua

by Te Vaka

Released 1999
Warm Earth Records
Released 1999
Warm Earth Records
Nominated “Best international achievement”
Nominated “Best female vocal”
re-released with a new 16 page booklet complete with lyrics & translations plus Bonus track – “Pate Pate radio remix”.
  • 04:30 Story Lyrics
    Ki mua

    KI MUA (To the future)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    taunuku mai i tatou i tenei nuku fou
    te kehekehe mai
    faigata o te olaga te fakafita a tatou
    hoga hoga mai

    e fia malamalama ki tatou
    i te gagana ma na uiga o ki latou
    fakalogologo ki ei
    fakatu ai au tautahi
    taumahai tatou tokolahi
    faka holoholo ki ei

    e fano ai au i toku mafaufau
    i te kukula mate filemu

    tokaga ki mea oku matua
    te fehili kua laga a tu ki mua
    ko matou e fia kai ite kavei
    te malau pulaka ma te fekei

    kua manatua na taimi ma na uiga fakafiafia
    miti miti mai
    te mimita lahi ki haiga ko na uiga fakatahi
    fitikitiki mai

    galulue mai ki mua nei
    tahahao mai ki mua nei
    pehepehe mai ki mua nei
    fatele mai ki mua nei

    We struggled to understand
    this language and new way
    of doing things
    We listened hard
    I stood up among
    the many who were adjusting
    moving towards understanding
    together

    chorus

    But I go there in my mind
    The red sky and the peacefulness
    remembering what my parents taught me
    many questions come to the fore
    also craving for familiar food
    The Malau (fish) pulaka(taro) and fekei (octopus dish)

    verse 3
    I remember times of great joy
    always dreaming about it
    the pride in living among my close family
    keeping it together

    chant

    We’re working to the future
    we’re playing to the future
    we’re singing to the future
    we’re dancing to the future

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    Lua afe

    LUA AFE (Two thousand)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    huani mai

    heheke mai

    ko tagata ianu kehe

    na tagata ianu kehe

     

    tatou tagata nei

    koutou tagata nei

    ofakatahi

    o fano atu (ki te) Lua afe

    (Ki te) Lua afe

    Get ready

    Move this way

    People of all colours

    People of all colours

    These are our people

    Your people

    Together

    We move forward

    To 2,000

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

  • 04:28 Story Lyrics
    Ke ke kitea

    KE KE KITEA (So you can see)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    e ui lava ki tatou e mamao
    e tatau ai koe ke ahiahi mai
    ke ke kitea ite gali o tenei lalolagi

    ke ke kitea
    ite matou lalolagi
    ke ke kitea
    i te gali o tenei lalolagi

    ke ve koe ko au
    se aho fakatahi
    iloa ai e koe
    mea lea atu ai au
    ke ke kitea ite gali o tenei lalolagi

    ke ke kitea
    ite matou lalolagi
    ke ke kitea
    i te gali o tenei lalolagi


    e ui lava ki tatou e mamao
    e tatou ai koe ke ahi ahi mai
    ke ke kitea i te gali o tenei lalolagi


    e talitonu ai au
    i toku loto nei
    ke kitea e koe
    to matou olaga

    even though we live far apart
    you should come visit us
    so you can see how beautiful my world is

    so you can see
    my world
    so you can see
    how beautiful this world is


    If you could be me
    for just one day
    you would then understand
    what I’m on about
    so you would see how beautiful this world is


    so you can see
    my world
    so you can see
    how beautiful this world is
    even though we live so far apart


    you should come visit us
    so you can see how beautiful this world is
    so you can see
    the beauty in our world


    so you can see
    the wonderful life we live

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:20 Story Lyrics
    Pate Pate

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

    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    taimi tenei e fai na hiva
    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    lue lue malie te gali o na hiva

    aue aue
    tama mimita
    aue aue
    teine mimita
    aue aue
    hihiva mimita
    aue aue
    kikila mai la fakaakiali atu

    e a mai tau faiva e a mai
    taku ika e fofou ai au
    e a mai tau faiva e a mai

    hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve
    hihiva malie ki te pate pate

    chant: hiva ki luga hiva ki lalo
    hiva malie ki te pate pate

     

    get up stand up let your feelings be known
    the time has come to perform the dance
    get up stand up let your intentions be known
    swaying ever so sweetly the message in the dance

    Oh! Oh! 
    the boys are very bold
    Oh! Oh!
    the girls are very bold
    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    the dancers are very bold
    Oh! 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)

    CHORUS

    dance on up, dance just like that 
    dancing ever so sweetly to the Pate Pate (logdrum)

    chant: dance on up, dance on down
    Dancing ever so sweetly to the rhythms of the log drum
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

  • 05:09 Story Lyrics
    Hea la koe iei

    HEA LA KOE IEI (Take that)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    faitala au i te po
    iluga o te letio
    fano ake fakaali te tala nei
    taku tala manumalo tenei

    te lalolagi e kalaga mai
    kikila mai ki ta tou nei
    Tokelau ka hoholo halalau koe
    tou igoa e manogi mai
    ve he sei

    Matini hauni na pehe nei
    Fale lau mai na tala fou
    fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
    fai mai Amosa se tala nei
    taku lava mo Tokelau venei
    Tokelau venei
    (lea mai la Amosa)
    Hea la koe iei

    e Peni sauni na pehe nei
    Neta lau mai na tala fou
    fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
    fai mai Ioane se tala nei
    taku lava mo Tokelau venei
    Tokelau venei
    (lea mai la Ioane)
    Hea la koe iei

    Matini hauni na pehe nei
    ufiata lau mai na tala fou
    fakalogo ki tala e fai mai
    fai mai Foa’i se tala nei
    taku lava mo Tokelau venei
    Tokelau venei
    (lea mai la Foa’i)
    Hea la koe iei

    Talking last night
    On the radio
    Letting the people know
    My story, about our win

    The world is calling
    Looking at us
    Tokelau is being announced
    Your name smells sweet
    Like the Sei (flower)

    Martini prepares the song
    Fale tells the news
    Listen to the stories
    being told (by Amosa)
    Just for Tokelau
    Just for Tokelau
    And Amosa says ..
    “Take that”

    Peni prepare the songs
    Neta tell the news
    Listen to the stories
    being told (by Ioane)
    Just for Tokelau
    Just for Tokelau
    and Ioane says
    “Take that”

    Matini prepare the songs
    Ufiata tell the news
    Listen to the stories
    being told (by Foai)
    Just for Tokelau
    Just for Tokelau
    and Foai says
    “Take that”

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:22 Story Lyrics
    Pate mo tou agaga

    PATE MO TOU AGAGA (Log drums for your soul)
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:30 Story Lyrics
    Vaka atua

    VAKA ATUA (Missionaries)
    Opetaia Foa'i/traditional

    (Traditional Tokelau chant)

    keina tu mai tao kae fakatonu ko to ta ho
    keina tu mai tao kae fakatonu ko to ku Aliki
    ko toku aliki Tui Tokelau
    hau he matagi ke moli au
    Tui o nuku Tui o vavau
    hau he matagi keina tuiao ioa lava

     
    Written by Opetaia Foa'i

    ua fa’asa uma le faiga o pese f’a’apena
    ua fa’asa uma le faiga o siva fa’apena
    ua fa’asa fo’i le faiga o le tatau
    ua fa’asa fo’i le aiga ole i’a mata

    te tali nei a foliga
    te matou Atua i te lagi
    te matou Aliki i te lagi

    e ui lava kua puli koutou
    uma toku igoa

    e he mafai na puli kou tou

    e tagaloa

    you are forbidden from songs like that
    you are forbidden from dances like that
    you are forbidden from making tattoos
    you are forbidden from eating raw fish
    from this day forward you will sing these songs

    this was Foliga's answer
    our true god is in the sky
    our true god is in the sky

    Ioa just Ioa (name of a god)
    Tagaloa reply
    even though you have all forgotten my name
    you will never be forgotten by tagaloa


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Traditional

  • 04:08 Story Lyrics
    Tagaloa

    TAGALOA (God of the Sea)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Tagaloa, Tagaloa ko he talohaga 
e fai faipea 

    mo tou latou puipuiga
    malu
mo tou fakatagaga

    moa latou taumafaiga
taumafaiga uma

    Tagaloa fakalogo
tu mau pea

    Tagaloa, Tagaloa they are still praying for you
    for your protection for your permission
    for all their many adventures in life
    Tagaloa listen for they wish for you to remain

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:27 Story Lyrics
    Kaleve

    KALEVE (Coconut honey)
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    Sagalogalo ake

    Te faiva kua tau kua tau lagalaga
    Kikila fakaholoholo pe fano ki fea
    te faiva kua laga kua
    laga te hi malau
    saloa galugalu fatifati
    te ataata o te mahina
    te ataata o te mahina

    fano ki te namo
    pe ko tuakau
    mahani a toeaina
    nofonofo mai i te mulivaka
    faitalatala ma tupulaga

    sagalogalo ake
    sagalogalo ake

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:12 Story Lyrics
    Aue kapaku

    AUE KAPAKU (You're going to fall)
    (Arrangement of traditional Tokelauan song)

    aue kapaku aue kapaku
    e gau te vae e gau te vae e
    aue kapaku aue kapaku
    e gau te lima e gau te lima
    aue kapaku aue kapaku
    gau te ua egau te ua
    aue kapaku aue
    sa hi , sa hi
    si si si
    aue sa hi , sa hi
    si si si
    si si si

    Oh I'm going to fall x2
    Im going to break my leg x2
    Oh I'm going to fall x2
    Im going to break my arm x2
    Oh I'm going to fall x2
    I'm going to break my neck x2
    Oh I'm going to fall
       
  • 04:43 Story Lyrics
    Kau tufuga fai vaka

    KAU TUFUGA FAI VAKA (Master voyagers)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    kau tufuga fai vaka o te moana
    tapena ake te folau
    Tagaloa e kalaga mai
    taku mai na uiga ote tai
    hau hau
    Kau tufuga fai vaka

    kau tufuga fai vaka o te moana
    te nuku e fakatali mai
    fakatahi ma na faigata
    fofou mai kia te koe e fanatu

    hau hau
    kau tufuga fai vaka

    o koe kua lau iloa
    in a tuhituhiga
    o koe kua takutaku
    i te lalolagi

     

    Master voyagers of the sea
    Prepare for your journey
    Tagaloa is calling you
    Telling you the ways of the sea

    Come Come
    Master voyagers

    Master voyagers of the sea
    There are lands that await you
    Along with many challenges
    Urging you to arrive

    Come Come
    Master Voyagers

    Your great feats are well known
    Preserved in writings
    And in stories told
    Throughout the world

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:26 Story Lyrics
    Pate Pate (Radio Remix)

    PATE PATE Radio Remix
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith Music

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
This Album is dedicated to the original pioneers - the Polynesian fleet ‘Kau tufuga fai vaka’ forebear and ancestor to all the Polynesian cultures in the Pacific. May the memories of all their adventures and all their glorious achievments be remembered always - today and by generations to come.

…”They’ve hit the right balance, I think, between radio friendly songs like Ke Ke Kitea and real take-no-prisoners belters like Lua Afe, Pate Mo Tou …
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Nukukehe

by Te Vaka

Released 2002
Warm Earth Records
Released 2002
Warm Earth Records
Nominated Best Roots Album in NZ music Awards
Nominated for Best Asia/Pacific BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards
Nominated audience choice BBC radio 3 Radio 3 World Music Awards

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 03:36 Story Lyrics
    Nukukehe

    NUKUKEHE (A different land)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith Music

    Au na fofou fia kikila kia koe
    Taku atu ai kina tino uma
    Ko au na fafia mimita lahi
    Ona fai e au na pehe mo koe

    Teki au fakalogo kua sui tou olaga
    Tiga e lahi na mea faigata
    Kae taumafai lava ke taunuku
    Taunuku te malaga fetaui ai taua

    Tele tele kehe kehe
    Tele kehe
    Te lagona halamo
    Na lagona halamo

    Kua kehe mea

    Te fanoanoa i te pa atuga ki na
    Ho ve kua fai toku tuai atu
    Kua teka atu na aso lelei
    Na iei aganuku na
    Aganuku lava moni

    Kehe mai te olaga
    Te olaga ona mea fou
    Taofi ai na galuega lelei
    Liliu kina uiga faigofie

    Tatau na hakili he auala
    Fakamimita uma ki tatou
    Fakamakeke talia tali lelei
    Teki kua tuai atu

    O te nuku atunuku
    na fia taunuku ai te malaga
    Te malaga kua leva na fia tau

    I dreamt of meeting you
    And proceeded to tell everyone about you
    I was so proud
    I even wrote songs about you

    I hesitated when I heard you’d changed
    But still braved the elements to see you
    The journey itself an adventure
    An introduction leading me to you

    Many many differences differences
    Many differences
    Overcome with sadness
    I was overcome with sadness

    Things have changed

    I was saddened to have finally met you
    As I came a little too late
    Your prime was long ago
    When there was real pride in you

    This is a different place now
    Spoilt by things that are new
    People no longer tending the land
    But opting to take the easy way out

    We need to find a way
    To make us all proud again
    We need to be strong
    In actioning the right answer
    Before it’s far too late

    This land, this land I’ve always wanted
    to go to. A journey, for a long time
    I needed to make.

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:58 Story Lyrics
    Manatu

    MANUATU (Homesick)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    Oku kohu e he masani ai
    Kehe hoki ma na sevae
    Kave ai i hetahi fenua
    Tagi tagi ai au mo toku kaiga

    Taku mai pe i fea toku matua
    Ve na puli e fakailoaina
    Taku mai pe i fea toku tamana
    Na galo atu i te taeao nei

    E mamafa, e manako , e fakamatala
    Te uiga o te folau

    Tuku mai he tali e fakamalie ai au
    Manatua lelei te vaitafe
    Aku feleni e sakili mai au
    Fakataumafai ae he mafai
    E au o tali ki ei

    E manatu fia manatu
    Toku kaiga
    E fia manatu toku kaiga

    Nofonofo filemu lava venei
    Ite pogiha, toku mafaufau e tiga
    te fanoanoa - te pogiha - te fanoanoa

    Te mamao ko tau malaga na fai
    Ae heai lele he tino e malamalama ai
    Kae haloa koe koe ke onosai mai
    Aua e iai na mea taua fakatali mai mo koe
    Tau tala moni lava te na
    E koe ke fakamakeke ma fakamalohi
    Kae amutia koe te manaia ko tou lumanaki
    Ka pa koe ki iei

    These clothes feel so strange on me
    Stranger still are these shoes
    Taken to another world
    I’m now crying for my home

    Tell me where my mother is
    She forgot to explain things to me
    Tell me where my father is
    I thought I heard him leave this morning

    Heavy thoughts
    what I need is an explanation
    The purpose of this journey

    Searching for answers in this small room
    I can only think of my river
    My friends are searching for me
    But no matter how hard I try
    There’s no way for me to answer them

    I’m homesick , I’m longing
    For my family
    I’m longing for my home

    Here I sit all by myself
    In this darkness
    My head is filled with hurt
    With sadness - this darkness

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

  • 04:07 Story Lyrics
    Sei ma le losa

    SEI MA LE LOSA (This flower and this rose)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    Fakalogologo i te tala
    Fakalavelave ai tou huhuga
    Fakateki au ma te fanoanoa
    Kua galo atu te tamatoa

    Kua galo atu ai ma te avanoa
    E fakafetai atu ai au
    Kavatu ai na alofaaga ienei
    mai na tino o te Pasifika

    Tagi tagi kite
    Fakalavelave

    Sei ma le losa
    Mo oe mai i le Pasifika
    Sei ma le losa
    O le matou alofa lena

    Maimau kana fetaui ki taua
    Lahi na kupu e fia talanoa ki ei
    Kavatu te salute
    Ma talitonu mai
    E manatua lava koe
    E tupulaga oku fanau

    Sei ma le losa
    Mo oe mai i le Pasifika
    Sei ma le losa
    O le matou alofa lena

    I heard on the news tonight
    An accident took your life
    I felt sadness quickly fall
    For we have lost a true warrior

    Gone is the chance
    To thank you for what you¹ve done
    So I¹m sending you love and respect
    From the people of the Pacific

    Mourning this sad loss

    This flower and this rose
    For you from the Pacific
    This flower and this rose
    Our gesture of respect and love

    I¹m sorry we never got to meet
    So many things I would have said
    Instead I salute you and be assured
    That my children¹s children
    Will remember you

    This flower and this rose
    For you from the Pacific
    This flower and this rose
    Our gesture of respect and love

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:40 Story
    Pukepuke te pate
  • 03:43 Story Lyrics
    Alamagoto

    ALAMAGOTO 
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    a ou va’ai
    Ou mata i ai
    Le susulu ia mai ole la
    Ona ou pese
    Pese ai lea
    Siva fo’i ai ma le fiafia


    Le nu’u le nu’u
    Matagofie
    Sa maua sa maua
    Ou feleni
    Uo ma uo
    E masani ai
    Le nu’u le nu’u matagofie


    e iei fiafiaga
    le malaga i le tausaga fou
    e iei fiafiaga
    Atunu’u na ou ola mai ai


    Pese mai e failogaina ai
    ei ei Alamagoto
    Siva mai e failogaina ai
    ei ei Alamagoto


    Ua leva ou Malaga ese atu
    Tele mea sui i lou olaga
    Le mafaufau mea
    Na amata mai ai
    Ae valau mai e foi atu

    I have seen it with my own eyes
    The sun shone so brightly
    Making me sing
    Soon I was dancing
    Overcome with joy


    This land this land
    Feels so good
    I found I found
    Warm friends
    And companions
    I’m familiar with
    This land feels so good


    So much for me to celebrate
    This journey in the new year
    So much for me to celebrate
    This land where I was born


    All sing to celebrate 
    Alamagoto
    All dance to celebrate
    Alamagoto


    Left this land a long time ago
    Much has happened in my life
    Never looking back
    To where I came from
    Still she calls me
    To return home

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:43 Story Lyrics
    Tamatoa

    TAMATOA (Warrior)
    Opetaia Foa'i Lyrics, Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith music

    Te tagata ko Tavita
    Hikihiki lava
    Na Uiga mimita
    O te Pasifika
    Fakatu te tagata
    I te lalolagi
    Tete na fili
    Paku foki ai
    Ko ai la te igoa
    Tua
    Fakamalohi ai
    Te Tatou tamatoa
    Lagolago ki ei
    Taku mai la te igoa
    Tua
    Ma talitonu mai
    Ka maua e ia
    Te tulaga hilia
    O te Tamatoa
    Tamatoa o te Pasifika
    O te Tamatoa
    Tamatoa o te Pasifika

    This man called
    Tavitia
    Is proudly holding
    Up the ways of
    The Pacific
    He stands Boldly
    Taking on the world
    His opponents they shake with dear
    Just before they fall
    What is his name
    Tua
    Let’s all get behind him
    He’s our warrior
    Tell me his name
    Tua
    Believe me when
    I say
    He will be
    The champion of the world
    This Warrior
    Our warrior of
    The pacific
    This warrior
    Our warrior of the Pacific

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:41 Lyrics
    Luelue

    LUELUE (Sway)
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:39 Story Lyrics
    Toku matua

    TOKU MATUA (Land of my mother)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    E isi se nuku e iloa ne au
    Se fenua e uke mea fou
    Ae fakamataku au e alofa
    Mo aso mai aso mai mua

    Au e manako e oko ki ei
    Koi maua ne se avanoa
    Koe tuai o goto ki lalo
    Te fenua o toku matua

    Au e fia pese i luga
    Au e fia siva i luga
    Ke kau atu au ki fenua nei
    Au e fia pese i luga
    Au e fia siva i luga
    O te fenua o toku matua

    Mafaga- la ose mea fakamataku
    Koe tuai o galo atu
    Fakatagi nei a loto o tino
    Ko la ne ola i te atunuku
    Koe tuai o goto ki lalo
    Koe tuai o goto ki lalo

    I luga I luga
    Te fenua ne vau ei
    Toku matua

    There is a place that I know of
    A land threatened by something new
    I fear for it¹s safety
    I¹m concerned for it¹s future

    I need to go there
    It might be my last chance
    Before it sinks below
    This land of my mother

    I want to dance in this land
    I want to sing in this land
    I need to swim in this land
    Let me dance in this land
    Let me sing in this land
    This land of my mother

    A disaster, a catastrophe
    When it returns to the sea
    Breaking the hearts of it¹s people
    Taking the name of it¹s people
    To forever live below the sea

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:36 Story Lyrics
    Loimata e maligi

    LOIMATA E MALIGI (Let the tears fall down)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Loimata e maligi
    Toku loto fanoanoa
    Ko galo atu
    A fakapelepele

    Omai te fakamafanafanaga
    Solo te mae tenei
    Ko galo atu
    Na tamafine

    Faigata fakamalamalama
    Tino gafulu ma te toko iva
    Ave ai te lumanai
    A te atunuku

    Loimata e maligi
    Toku loto fanoanoa
    Ko galo atu
    A fakapelepele

    Let the tears fall down
    My heart is filled with sorrow
    For we have lost
    Many loved ones

    Let the healing flow over me
    and wash this pain away
    For we have lost
    Many of our young women

    It¹s hard to understand
    That 19 lives were taken
    And along with it
    The future of a small nation

    Let the tears fall down
    My heart is filled with sorrow
    For we have lost
    Many loved ones

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:16 Story Lyrics
    Haloa Olohega

    HALOA OLOHEGA (Poor Olohega otherwise known as Swain's Island)
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Muhumuhu mai te igoa o te motu
    Na kave e Ilai i te 1856
    Lea mai ko he mea aloha
    Mai he tama Igilihi
    Kitea e ia tino kai katiga
    E he nonofo na tino i ei
    Heki totokia ni mea ki latou
    E he nonofo na tino i ei


    Kamata na talanoaga
    Mo Olohega
    Fai ai te fakafokiga
    Ko Olohega
    Olohega Olohega
    Haloa Olohega


    E lahi mea kino na fai e Ilai
    Ko vaka gaoi ko ia na fehoahoani ai
    Maua ai ana koloa fakafita lahi te nuku
    Maua foki e ia te fenua fa
    Ko Olohega


    Te talohaga e fai mo te kaiga o Ilai
    E lahi mea i anamua
    He tatau ona fai
    Kae mafai na hui e koutou uma
    fai tonu lava te faiga
    E tahi lava te fakaikuga
    E maua ai te fiafiaga

    Whisper to me the name of this land
    Taken by Eli in 1856
    He said it was a gift
    Gifted to him by an Englishman
    He saw natives eating coconuts
    But they were passing through
    They didn’t grow anything
    So naturally this wasn’t their home


    We need to start the discussions
    On Olohega
    It will surely lead to the return
    of Olohega
    Olohega Olohega
    Poor Olohega


    Among the crimes committed by Eli
    The slavers and slaveship he did help
    Gaining treasures while people suffered
    Also gaining their fourth Island
    Called Olohega

    A request for the family of Eli 
    Many wrongs were made long ago 
    That will never go away 
    But you can change some of that 
    By doing what is right 
    There is only one conclusion 
    That will satisfy everyone

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:29 Lyrics
    Sapasui

    SAPASUI
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:03 Story Lyrics
    Te hiva

    TE HIVA (The dance)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foai & Malcolm Smith 

    Te matagi malu kua hau i te loto

    Vehehi ai toku tino i te fakalogologo

    E he mafai na fai, fakafiti na lagona

    Ko na pehe vena

    E fakafiafia ma fakamimita

     

    Tumau fakamau te migomigoi

    Ko te uila kua hau

    Fakaola ai toku loto

    Fakatamilomilo fai taga fakatamilomilo

    Fakafiafia ma fakamimita te hiva

     

    Na hiva te gali te gali ona hiva

    Kolikoli malie migomigoi na hiva

    Na hiva te gali te gali ona hiva

    Hiva fakamalie mai

     

    Heee e o migomigoi

    e o hiva fakagaligali

    e o kolikoli ma te kolikoli

    e o hiva fakamalie

     

    E vena foki te fakalogo o na fenua

    Egelani ma Falani, Europa ma Amerika

    E tutuha lava te fiafia e lagona

    Luelue ki latou

    i te faiga o te hiva

     

    Koli ki lalo e

    Koli ki luga e

     

    The cooling winds soothing my soul

    Moving me as I listen

    I can’t seem to hold back this feeling

    Making me happy and proud

    Holding steady while I do the Migomigoi

     

    Lightning strikes me reviving my soul

    Spinning around, showing moves,

    spinning sround

    So happy and proud in “Te Hiva”

     

    Dancing so gracefully

    So graceful are the dances

    Kolikoli sweetly and

    Migomigoi in the dance

    Dancing so gracefully

    So graceful are the dances

    Dance ever so sweetly

     

    Boys chant

     

    It’s the same reaction

    When heard in other places

    England, France, Europe and America

    They also get excited

    They begin to sway

     

    Dancing “Te Hiva”

    Girls chant

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:29 Story Lyrics
    Tesema

    TESEMA (December)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Na hauni i Aukilani tolu tahi
    O te mahina nei
    Tesema Tesema
    O fiafia a matou na fai
    Mo te tausaga fou
    Tesema Tesema
    Olo ai te malaga i vakalele
    I hetahi nuku
    Tesema Tesema
    Hahala mai te vevela o te nuku
    Taunuku ki ei
    Tesema Tesema


    Vehea tou malaga
    Kua lahi atili he mafai taku atu
    Taumafai taku mai ke iloa nei au


    Tele tele tele leleiga
    O te gali o te gali
    O fiafiaga
    Tele tele tele leleiga
    O te gali o te gali
    O fiafiaga


    Papaki mai ki tatou tolu tahi
    O te mahina nei
    Tesema Tesema
    Feiloaki ai ki matou kia Efi tapa
    Ma Simoe
    Tesema Tesema
    Nonofo ai te pahehe ite fale
    O Aggie Greys
    Tesema Tesema
    Kitea ai e matou na fakailoga
    Mo te tausaga fou
    Tesema Tesema

     

    Making plans in Auckland
    31st of this month in
    December December
    Preparing our celebrations
    For the new year
    We’re on a plane heading to
    another country
    in December December
    Hit by a heatwave
    Arriving in this land in
    December December

    How was your trip, how was it?
    There’s so much I can’t tell you now
    try and tell me, really I want to know

    So many many things
    All good all good
    The celebrations

    Arriving on the 31st of this month
    December December
    We were met by Efi and Simoe
    December December
    Ended up staying at Aggie Greys
    December December
    All witness to much celebrations
    Celebrations for the new year
    December December

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:55 Story Lyrics
    Te vaka ka fano

    TE VAKA KA FANO (The boat is leaving)

    Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

     

     

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
The third Te Vaka album, "Nukukehe" is dedicated to Greenpeace and all the other environmental groups around the world caring enough to do something about it."My journey to Samoa, Tokelau and Tuvalu in 2001 and 2002 brought much inspiration for the writing of this album. It was a time of great happiness and celebration but it was also tinged with sadness. Seeing for myself the effects of climate change, brought home to me the reality that …
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Tutuki

by Te Vaka

Released 2004
Warm Earth Records
Released 2004
Warm Earth Records
Winner “Best Pacific Music Album”
Winner World Music Category ISC awards USA
Winner international category Australian Songwriting awards
Entered the European World Music Chart at No.4

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 05:27 Lyrics
    Samulai

    SAMULAI (Samurai)
    Lyrics and Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    ko au la e taofiofi toku poto
    kae Katakata au ki fafo
    te Agamalu taofiofi toku loto
    manakomia fakamalosiga

    kua malamalama tatou ki ei
    fakalauefaga o tou malo
    tupe lasi o vaka lasi
    kua afaina ai oku manatu

    te vasa pasifika
    nae se nofaoga e o tautai
    ka ko nei kua sisi kosolo
    e te samulai

    ofu mai te gali
    fakataga koe i toku fale
    se tino faimea-alofa mai fafo
    ke pulea se tasi fakai

    tau fuafuaga e fakatau toku alofa
    ke mafia ai koe o saoloto
    se vale lasi se mala lasi
    ko faiaina ai oku manatu

    gotta hold back what I know
    keep my smile on the outside
    my dignity is held up inside
    in need of some reinforcement

    I’ve come to understand
    your expanding empire plan
    your big cash
    your big ships
    you know it affects my thinking

    the pacific ocean was once
    the home of the tautai
    now it is being fished
    by the Samurai

    you come dressed to impress
    invite yourself into my home
    another gift bearing foreigner
    controlling another’s domain

    you plan to buy my love
    so I give you freedom
    to do as you please
    a big fool
    a big disappointment
    you having defeated my thinking

    watch out the Samurai

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:13 Lyrics
    Tauale mataku

    TAUALE MATAKU (Terrifying disease)
    Lyrics and Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    much pain
    much blood
    so much love
    e mataku lele e lahi lele
    fakanoanoa fakanoanoa

    haloa ki na loto
    tagi tagi ake
    toto ona fenua
    halalau ake
    haloa kina loto
    tokalahi laue
    o toto ona fenua
    tafe tafe ake

    e he malamalama fakamalamalama
    fakaakoakoga fakaakoakoga
    ke fakafeagai ai
    e he malamalama fakamalamalama
    fakaakoakoga fakaakoakoga
    mafai taofi ai

    no shame don’t hide
    so much pride

    he tauale o te olaga
    he ko mumuni
    tatau faiaina
    tauale fou o te olaga
    tatau kave kehe
    mo na tamaiti nei

    much pain
    much blood
    so much love
    its terrifying to see
    so much sadness

    all those poor souls
    crying out like that
    as the blood
    that taints this land
    spreads freely

    all those poor souls
    quietly screaming
    as the blood
    that taints this land
    runs freely

    we don’t understand
    and we must understand
    the need to educate
    just to confront it

    we don’t understand
    and we must understand
    the need to educate
    we can defeat it

    no shame don’t hide
    so much pride

    a disease of our time
    must not be ignored
    it must be defeated
    a disease of our time
    we must remove it
    for our children’s sake

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:53 Lyrics
    Lakilua

    LAKILUA
    Opetaia Foa'i

     


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:08 Lyrics
    Tutuki

    TUTUKI (Play the beat)
    Lyrics and Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    tuki tutuki
    te mimita ko na fatele
    tuki tutuki
    na hiva taua
    tuki tutuki
    pokihi mo na fatele
    tuki tutuki
    na pehe ma na hiva

    na hiva venei e
    lahi te malie
    fiafia tatou
    te matagi te fafia
    pe hui i he tahi
    foki na tamaiti
    ke mautinoa fiafia
    kafai akoako atu

    fai mai taga
    fakamaualuga mai
    mimita na pehe
    na hiva

    beat it play the beat
    so proud of the fatele
    beat it play the beat
    for this important dance
    beat it play the beat
    for these songs and dances

    dances like these
    are so beautiful
    they bring much pride
    and joy to us all
    we must be proud
    when we pass it on to our children
    so they are proud to pass it on too

    do the dance moves
    do them the best you can
    so proud when we sing
    so proud when we dance

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:04 Lyrics
    Tamahana

    TAMAHANA (Tama & Mahana)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    I have always loved you
    I hope to for a life time
    the promise made
    by this heart of mine
    hold the line
    you know one day I will come
    I will come for you

    you don’t know what it’s like
    for all your hopes to rise
    to see them fall again
    with the setting sun
    in my heart you’re the one
    I know one day you will come
    you will come for me

    I will comfort you
    we’ll grow old forever
    together in love
    to settle in the calm
    following loves frown
    it’s just you and I
    never let you down
    I will never let you down

    Tamahana
    E he galo koe i toku loto (“You will never leave my heart”)
    Tamahana
    just you and I
    for a life time

    I will always love you
    and not for just this lifetime
    the promise made
    by this heart of mine

    you’re the one
    I knew one day you would come
    you would come for me

    Tamahana
    E he galo koe i toku loto
    Tamahana
    just you and I
    for all time

     

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Te Kaiga

    TE KAIGA (The family)
    Lyrics & Muaic - Opetaia Foa'i

    te mea pito taua
    mo te kaiga
    ko te hauniga o tamaiti
    i mea o te olaga
    fakapelepele ma te haoloto

    fakamalohi te kaiga
    puipuiga o te kaiga
    tapenapena mo te olaga
    hololelei mea kaiga

    fakapelepele ki tamaiti
    fakalalahi te aloha
    fakamatala ki tamaiti
    akoako ke poto ai

    te mea pito taua
    i te fanauga
    mea moni talamoni fakahino lelei
    na matua
    fakapepepepe fia lele te manu

    fakamalohi te kaiga - tauhiga
    puipuiga o te kaiga - fanauga
    tapenapena mo te olaga - tauhiga
    hololelei mea kaiga - te aloha

    lumanaki o tamaiti
    fakahino ma tauhi ai
    pukupuku na taimi
    na taimi na tuku mai

    the most valuable thing
    to a family
    is preparing the children
    ready to face the world
    it takes a lot of care
    to be free and confident

    keep the family strong
    protect family values
    in preparing for their future
    keep it in good order

    treasure the young
    they need lots of love
    explain to the young
    teach so they understand

    the most valuable thing
    to the children
    is the truth, telling the truth
    and showing by example
    by the parents
    they‘re just hovering
    before they fly

    the future of our young
    show you care for them
    it’s a very short time
    we have with them
    this time we are given

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:07 Lyrics
    Magalogalo

    MAGALOGALO
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Uluhina

    ULUHINA (The elders)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    ou manako ke kitea uma
    ke fetaui katoa uma
    tatou nei
    e muamua te alofa ki luga
    maua ai te maopoopoga
    ko tatou nei

    tu mai la ke aloalo fakatahi e
    heai he lotoa
    fakaha ko he ma
    tu mai siva mai ke malie
    ke malie

    luelue ake mama
    lue lue mai ve papa
    e papa e mama
    tumau ki te fafia

    ko hiva mo uluhina
    ko hina hiva vena
    katakata ma te fiafia
    ko hiva mo uluhina
    ko hina hiva vena
    malie ma te makeke

    e fakatalanoaga tatou uma
    ki tua ma taimi ki mua
    ke lelei tatou ki ei

    mothers voice your thoughts
    fathers raise up your voices
    respectfully we listen
    to our uluhina

    I have a wish
    for us all
    to gather together
    to be united

    we will first acknowledge
    love from above
    to the one that brought
    us together today

    then celebrate
    stand and row together
    in the dance
    we break down
    the barriers between us
    no need for shyness
    as we dance ever so sweetly

    sway this way mama
    sway that way papa
    e papa e mama
    looking steady
    looking proud

    a dance of the uluhina
    uluhinas dance like that
    the laughter the joy
    this dance of the uluhina
    see uluhinas dance
    so sweetly so steady

    we will tell our many stories
    stories of the past
    and of the future
    it’s our way to share
    to satisfy us all

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:51 Lyrics
    Aivoli taoa

    AIVOLI TAOA
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    tatou olo ki ei
    tau olo ki ei
    tatau na kamata fakavave mai
    tatou olo ki ei
    tau olo ki ei
    tatau fakavave ke taunuku ai

    ofi ki loto loto kautaga
    kitea ki ei loloto ma te malulu
    ite ikuga ko koe lava ma koe
    ke fakamanatu mau mautu makeke

    e e maua e
    hakili ni paoa te aivoli taoa

    ko kitea ala tahi
    fofou tatou fakataunuku
    e valu motu fogafale
    e fofou tatou ke haoloto

    holoholo i te olaga kehe
    potopoto i te olaga kehe

    te aivoli taoa
    te faigata te pogiha
    aivoli taoa
    te fiafia fakapagota

    he fofou ke fakatali
    i te laina ke kaukaunagia
    mataku lele i te faiva
    ke maua mea
    e tatau ke ko maua

    we must go there
    we need to go there
    have to start
    have to hurry
    we must get there
    we need to get there
    have to hurry to make it

    broke into your hollow frame
    saw how deep cold and unkind
    I am reminded
    of the real hard fact
    in the end
    you only have you

    getting more power
    is the aivoli taoa

    I see only one way out
    for all of our wishes to succeed
    eight levels I found to hold
    all our wishes to break free

    we’re moving towards a different world
    we’re gaining knowledge of a different world 

    the aivoli taoa
    so hard so dark
    the aivoli taoa
    happy to keep you a prisoner

    I don’t wish to wait in line
    next to be served
    I’m dead scared of getting
    what I might deserve

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 00:45 Lyrics
    Oku Tupuga

    OKU TUPUGA 
    Opetaia Foa'i

    Aue Ioa He

    Aue Aue

    Aue Oku Tupuga e

    Aue Aue

    Aue Oku Tuguga e Taukikila Ioa

    Fakahino tatou

    Ke hiki ake hiki hiki ake

    Tu hako kakai

    Tagaloa Tagaloa

    Fakatahi ke amo

    Te Mauga o Maui e

    Tu katoa tu katoa

    E Ioa e Ioa

    Fakatu katoa

    He

    My Ancestors

    Oh! Ioa (name of god)

    Aue Aue (to summon the presence of)

    I call on all my ancestors

    Aue Aue (to summon the presence of)

    I call on all my ancestors

    Ever watchful Ioa

    We need your guidance

    To uplift us as we rise

    To stand upright on this land

    With Tagaloa (god)

    Together we can carry

    This mountain of Maui

    Stand atogether stand united

    Ioa Ioa

    We stand united

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:34 Lyrics
    Manu Samoa

    MANU SAMOA (The Samoan Rugby team)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    alu le manu le manu Samoa
    alu ma le atoa aia
    alu le manu le manu Samoa
    tama tama toa tama toa toa tama

    ua e fa’aali
    i le lalolagi
    le lototele mo lou atunu’u
    e mafua ai le malosi
    le malosi ma le mimita

    e toetiti ae taunu’u
    le fasiiga o le liona
    e laititi ae maini
    fa’amaualuga ai le Pasifika

    e ese pasese
    i le igoa o Samoa
    e ese pasese
    le sui maualuga o Samoa

    ua va’ai iai
    i le lalolagi
    lou lototele mo lou atunu’u
    e mafua ai le malosi
    le malosi ma le mimita
    o le mea lilo
    o lau tatalo
    ua maua ai tele mea lelei
    e laititi ae maini
    fa’amaualuga ai le Pasifika

    go the manu samoa
    go with all your strength
    go the manu samoa
    our men our warriors

    you have shown the world
    great courage for your country
    brings out a certain strength
    that comes from being proud

    you nearly succeeded
    in defeating the lion
    though a small nation
    you have a mighty sting
    upholding the name of the Pacific

    they become different people
    in the name of Samoa
    they become different people
    when representing Samoa

    it’s been witnessed
    by the whole world
    great courage from your country
    it brings about a strength
    that comes from being proud
    your secret is in your prayer
    where all good things come
    though a small nation
    you have a mighty sting
    upholding the name of the Pacific

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:00 Lyrics
    Te lalama

    TE LALAMA
    Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:12 Lyrics
    Iuliana

    IULIANA
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    kitea koe i toku mafaufau
    ofo au ite gali ou foliga
    tau vaka kua taunuku
    manaia o te sui o tau malaga tena
    malaga vena

    loto tele loto malohi
    mata ola matapoto ki mea
    ote lalolagi
    e kikila ake i te alofa
    teuteu te toko
    faka tumau ai tatou

    hau te matagi fakafiafia ai toku loto
    o te alofa tena
    paku e mataka
    kamata fou ke faka poto
    te agaga kimataga
    ko Iuliana

    fakamalamalama Iuliana
    fakamakeke Iuliana
    o te fiafiaga Iuliana
    aue aue Iuliana

    fai ai toku folafolaga
    toe kave te alofa kia koe
    e te lahi lele o te alofa
    magamaga te lagi
    te kata ki taua olaga

    saw you in my mind
    amazed at how beautiful
    you looked
    your ship has certainly landed
    good fortune has come
    brought by a change in your journey
    the journey you took

    your confidence and determination
    sharp mind and quick witted
    tested by our adventures
    of the world
    but look at all this love
    I’m taking care of the one
    that holds us all together

    a warm wind comes
    to warm my heart
    and I know it to be love
    shedding your skin
    to begin a new
    understanding
    for the soul, a new beginning
    for Iuliana

    new understanding for Iuliana
    new found strength for Iuliana
    bringing much joy for Iuliana

    I made a promise
    to return the love
    you gave to me
    and there is so much love
    causing the sky to open up
    smiling
    impressed with your new existence

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:09 Lyrics
    Tofa e

    TOFA E (Farewell)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    te lomatua te ahiahiga
    fakalili ma fakaita
    mitimiti au i tou fakaaliga
    manakoga te taumafaiga

    e tumutumu na vaka
    na vaka o tupuga
    te fiafia te kata

    tofa tofa e taku pele
    kua maua te filemu
    tofa tofa e taku pele
    mavae ki taua

    manatua tou fakatonuga
    takitaki lelei ke manumalo
    te taumafaiga
    lomatua ma te kaiga
    kua malamalama nei au
    i tou manakoga

    e fakamoemoe
    e maua nei e koe
    lotomalu ma te filemu
    fakatofa e lahi te alofa
    maea anamua kae agai ki mua

    an old woman visiting
    teases me to anger
    held steady locked in a dream
    to pass on a task

    with over-filled canoes
    canoes carrying ancestors
    looking weary looking satisfied
    a long journey’s end giving
    relief and freedom to return

    farewell my loved ones with
    your new-found peace
    farewell my loved ones
    this is where we part ways

    I recall the conditions
    to lead well and succeed
    an old woman with family
    all you ask
    is to be understood

    I hope you have found
    all that you wished for
    all that is calm and peaceful
    farewell to you with love
    the past ends here for you
    where my future begins

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
The fourth Te Vaka album, "Tutuki" won "Best Pacific Music Album. The fifth track "Tamahana"has won a number of songwriting awards and the first Track "Samulai" won second place in the World music category of the USA international songwriting competition. This album has been described as "Traditional but not too provincial, funky but not too Western, polished but not too slick". In this one Opetaia takes up subjects of concern in the South Pacific …
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Olatia

by Te Vaka

Released 2007
Warm Earth Records
Released 2007
Warm Earth Records
Winner “Best Pacific Album”
Winner “Best Pacific Group”
No.4 on European World Music Chart

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 05:13 Lyrics
    Vakaaitu

    VAKAAITU (Spiritual Canoe)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Tokalua ulavale i toku itu
    Fakaita ai au i te po
    Fakamau muamua i toku moega
    Te pogiha
    Vakaaitu
    Holoholo te vaka
    Te agaga
    Tu mai
    Tigaina
    O heala? heala?
    Kaiga e ve he kaiga
    Vakaaitu
    Te mamaha
    Te puapuaga
    Tau Malaga
    Te maputaga
    Te mana o te vaega
    E totoka te mamaha
    O tupuga na tagata nei
    Fefenu kau malaga
    Kikifu kau malaga
    Kokono kau malaga
    Kekena kau malaga
    Te mana o te vaega
    O tupuga na tagata nei

    Galuega ua uma
    Olo la
    Malolo ma te filemu
    Galuega ua mau

    Two mischievous spirits beside me
    Angers me in the night
    Held fast to my bed
    In the dark
    Behind them spiritual canoes
    Canoes on the move
    Spirits standing before me
    What is it? what is it?
    Something familiar about them
    Spiritual canoes
    Overfilled and heavy
    Spiritual canoes
    Suffering faces
    From the long journey
    Longing for peace
    The power of this group
    Something heavy on their minds
    The power of this group
    These are the ancestors
    Their wrinkled faces
    Frustrated and detached
    Reluctant to continue
    Needing a task done
    With a will to end it here
    The power of this group
    These are the ancestors

    The work is done
    Go now
    Rest in peace
    The work is finished.

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Lelei Ilo Tenei

    LELEI ILO TENEI (Better than this)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Kikila i mata foliga ou kitea
    Te fanoanoa i faiga lalolagi
    Ko halahala auala i he mea
    Amanaki ke malaga kehe

    Oho fiti ki luga
    Hili atu tena
    Tuku koe fano ki ei

    Hili atu tena
    Hili atu i lo tenei
    Lelei atu tena
    Lelei atu i lo tenei


    Tagata kino tino e hafia
    Tohotoho koe ki lalo lava
    Tamate ai koe holomalie
    Tamate ai foki to agaga


    E he tatau havali
    Koe i tenei heoli
    Lahi na mea lelei
    Kafai e ke kitea
    Maua ai mea uma
    Te ke iloa fiafia

     

    Look in the eyes
    See it in their faces
    Seeking searching for answers
    Ways of the world
    Dreaming of a different way

    Jump up and down
    It’s best that way
    Just let yourself go

    It’s best that way
    It's much greater than this
    It's better than that
    It's much better than this

    Bad man dumbing you down
    Pulling you down
    Killing you slowly
    Killing your soul

    You don't need to walk
    Through all this hell
    There's much good
    If you look
    It's all there for you
    To discover just how good

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:35 Story Lyrics
    Nonu Paoa

    NONU PAOA ( Nonu Power)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Ola mimita i le Pasefika
    Faamaoniga i lona malosi
    Ola mimita ae filemu lava ia
    Faimai Tinielu e iai lona mana
    Tu maualuga i le lalolagi
    Suamalie ae maise mo le aiga

    Malosiaga sua malosiaga
    Malosiaga e tausi ai aiga
    Malosiaga sua malosiaga
    Malosiaga a fa'atasi ai aiga


    Fa'amasani i lona sua
    O se la'au e fai vavega
    Fa'amaloloina ma tausi ai soifua
    Le la'au o le ola
    E iai le aiga i Tahiti
    A'o lenei sua o tatou nei
    Manatua le igoa ole sua Samoa

    Salalau i le lalolagi
    Le nonu mai Samoa
    E Lauiloa i le lalolagi
    Le nonu mai Samoa
    Le nonu o Samoa

    Ole monogi suau'u lava
    Ioe ole suau'u lava
    Ioe ioe ole nonu
    Ole Nonu lava Nonu lava
    Ioe Ioe ole Nonu Paoa

    Grows freely throughout the Pacific
    Testimony of it's strength
    Grows freely and quietly it grows
    According to Tinielu it has powers
    It's the best in the world
    Very sweet especially for the family

    Power juice with Power
    Power taking care of the family
    Power juice with power
    Keeping families together

    Get familiar with the juice
    Truly a miracle tree
    Settles and looks after your health
    This tree of life

    There is a family in Tahiti
    But this is our juice
    Remember the name
    It's the juice of Samoa

    Spreading throughout the world
    The Nonu from Samoa
    Well known throughout the world
    The Nonu from Samoa
    The Nonu of Samoa

    It’s sweet like striking oil
    Yeah like striking oil
    Yeah yeah it’s Nonu
    It’s Nonu It’s Nonu
    Yeah yeah it’s Nonu Power

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:21 Lyrics
    Lua Afe (Reload)

    LUA AFE Reload 
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 05:41 Lyrics
    Ki Te Fakaolatia

    KI TE FAKAOLATIA (To the rescue)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    E lahi lele mea
    Lea mai mo tatou e
    Kafai tauhi ietahi lelei
    Fai he mea mautinoa ola
    Mautinoa to latou ola

    Ki te Fakaolatia
    Malosi manu e manu e

    Fehoahoani malosi
    E he nako ki tatou lava
    E kiteagia hove ka galo
    E lahi mea lea mai mo tatou
    Tuha lava he maua tupe ki tatou

    Kafai ia tagata ola
    Kua tauau e fakaumatia
    Kua tatau foki ona iei
    He tino e hau fakaola tatou uma
    Tagata e hau fakaola tatou uma

    Ki te Fakaolatia
    Malosi manu e manu e

    It says a lot about us
    when we care enough
    about other species to do something
    to ensure their survival
    even when they don't contribute
    monetarily to our pockets

    To the rescue
    Power to life

    It says a lot about ourselves
    when we care enough that
    there is enough space in the world
    for them too
    preventing their extinction
    taking responsibility for them
    for changing their environment
    If mankind was on his way out
    it would also be worthwhile
    for someone to come to our rescue

    To the rescue
    Power to life

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:30 Lyrics
    Ke Faitatala

    KE FAITATALA (We need to talk)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    E tiga loto
    E fanoanoa loto
    E iei he tahi faiga

    E iai na mea
    Tatau ke lea
    Na mea e tatau ke ko iloa
    E ko kitea to kavega e mamaha
    Fakaputugia i he tai o te mataku

    E ke faitatala
    Mafai ai ki taua oi malamalama
    E ke faitatala
    Pito hili mea moni ke maua
    Mo ki taua

    Kua lokagia ina aho kua teka
    Hikogia meake e fano vale
    Kae fai e iloa au mea hehe na fai
    Hove e he ea koe na fai
    Kako koe lava te paku ki ei

    Polokalame ke pule ki te ola
    Mau mataloa i kina
    E ve ona lea ai koe
    Te tahi vaega e ala
    Kafai koe e moe
    E moe koe e ala
    E kui o alatino

    It hurts deeply
    It saddens the heart
    But there is another way

    There are things you need to say
    Things I need to know
    I see the heavy burden you carry
    Gathered over a sea of tears

    We need to talk
    So we can understand
    Discover all that is good
    All that is true
    Discover all that is most precious
    To me and you

    You're locked in the past
    Surrounded by your fears
    Of what you will lose
    If your wrongs are found out
    Tho you are responsible
    It is your undoing

    Programmed for suicide
    remains there so long
    as you say they are
    another part of you
    awakens when you sleep
    sleeps when you're awake
    runs beneath your radar

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:56 Lyrics
    Mata O Tane

    MATA O TANE
    Opetaia Foa'i/Matatia Foa'i

     

     

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:49 Story Lyrics
    Tu Tokatahi

    TU TOKATAHI (Stand as one)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith 

    Ko te Atua i maualuga
    Ko to malohi to aloha
    Na talohaga o koe molimau
    Te tu tokatahi
    Tu Tokelau

    Te lotofiafia ma te fealohani
    Pepehe ma te vikiga
    Ki te Aliki
    Te puipuiga nuku fa ke mau
    Nonoa fakatahi
    Nuku Tokelau

    Tokelau Tokelau
    Tu fakatahi
    Tu Tokelau

    Mata ki mua
    Kae ava ki tua
    Tatou lumanaki
    Ke fakamakeke
    Tauhi muamua tonu mafaufau
    Fakamalohi ai nuku Tokelau

    Tokelau Tokelau
    Fakamalohi ai
    Nuku Tokelau

    Tokelau Tokelau
    Tu fakatahi
    Tu Tokelau

    Almighty God
    From up high
    We request you bear witness
    On our independence for
    We stand as Tokelau

    With open hearts
    And friendship
    We sing our song of Praise
    To our Lord
    Defend our four lands
    So they be steadfast
    Bind together as one
    This land of Tokelau

    CHORUS
    Tokelau Tokelau
    Stand as one
    Stand as Tokelau

    Eyes to the fore
    With respect to the past
    It's our future
    We must endure
    To guard and protect foremost
    Resolute in our minds
    Making us strong
    This land of Tokelau

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:36 Lyrics
    Mataliki

    MATALIKI (Little stars)
    Music & Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakamalohiaga mai luga
    Tauivi mo mea lahi manaia
    Tapena tupulaga laiti
    Fakatu fakavae
    Mo te lumanaki

    Mata gali mai o foliga
    Iloga ai te aoga
    Mataliki tamaiti o Mataliki
    Manumalo i te olaga

    E lahi na mea aoga
    Tala fakafiafia
    Mai matua ma kaiga
    He mau o te hololelei
    Te akoga mua aloakia i ki nei

    An inspiration from above
    A sacrifice for something much better
    Preparing the young generation
    Setting down the foundation
    For their future

    The smiles upon their faces
    Make it all worthwhile
    Children of Mataliki
    Winning in life

    Many good things come
    much positive feedback
    from parents and from the
    community is testimony of
    our success the first
    recognized (Tokelau)
    school in this land

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:41 Lyrics
    Limatane

    LIMATANE
    Opetaia Foa'i

     

     


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:25 Story Lyrics
    Vaitaimi Mihia

    VAITAIMI MIHIA (Missing Moments)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    E foliga ki taua ke heavea
    Ke pa atu kua tuai
    Kua atafia na mea e taua
    Taimi lelei fakatahi
    Fakaali na uiga

    Mafai liliu fakatamilo
    I tauhaga e hau mauagia
    Te fiafia na mea maua

    Fakafiafia ko na uiga vena
    Ke kata ke pehe ma tahao
    Ni mea faigofie
    Na alofa vena
    Te faigata fakaaliga ki tatou

    Kafai kua na ko
    Tautahi ki taua
    Vaitaimi mihia kua heai
    Kae malamalama
    Na kupu na mea e tatau na fai
    Tauhi te va o taua
    E he faigata

    Fokotahi te mea e fai nei
    Fakauma tenei fakanoanoa
    Holoi na loimata mai oku mata
    Kae tu malohi
    Mo te mea kua ko iloa

    It seems we have to wait
    Until it's too late
    To realize what we had
    The good times together
    Showing
    What we meant to each other

    I can turn it around
    Do the best I can
    And in years to come discover
    All the joy in what I have

    And when we are alone
    Those missing moments gone
    We come to understand
    Words we should have said
    Things we should have done
    It's so simple
    But we make it hard

    Only one thing to do
    Make this sorrow disappear
    Wipe the tears from my face
    Stand up for what I know

    The good times with those I love
    Means more to me today
    To laugh and sing and play
    These are simple things
    But they mean forever to me

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 05:17 Story Lyrics
    Te Kupu

    TE KUPU (The word)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Kafai e ke mauagia
    Mauagia e koe te kupu
    Kua lelea kehe ai
    Te lalolagi kua matafi
    Kua matafi katoa
    Katoa i te lagi
    Lanumoana
    E faigofie lava
    E tahi lava te faiga

    When you discover the (misunderstood) word
    And blow it all away
    The whole world clears
    The sun shines through
    And all around skyblue
    It’s so simple
    There is only
    One way through

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:35 Story Lyrics
    Our Ocean

    OUR OCEAN
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    I give you my voice
    Together we make a stand
    We're making the right choice
    For our future and for our children too
    Hear the cries of the ocean
    Cries of caution from our ancestors
    We can't be defeated
    United we can win.

    This is my ocean
    This is my future
    My choice
    This ocean is my home
    This is our ocean
    This is our future
    Our choice
    The Pacific is my home

    What do we say to our ancestors
    When all the fish are gone
    If we fail to protect our home
    And all our future children to come
    Their hope lies in us

    Chorus replies (in Fijian, Kiribati and One Tok)
    We must protect it
    They must respect it
    Our Ocean

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
…”On a first listen it’s no wonder Te Vaka has captured the ear of listeners with their four previous albums, world tours and their Best Pacific Music album awards, and it comes as no surprise that Olatia is endowed with a richly magical blend of traditional and contemporary”…
World Music Central USA

…”Te Vaka confirm they are the most important voice out of the broader Pacific region and that multi-instrumentalist Foa’i remains a …
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Haoloto

by Te Vaka

Released 2009
Warm Earth Records
Released 2009
Warm Earth Records
Winner “Best Pacific Album”
Winner”Best Pacific Group”
Winner “Best Polynesian album” Hawaiian Music awards”

16 Page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 04:21 Lyrics
    Ata fou

    ATA FOU (N,ew Dawn)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i Music -Opetaia Foa'i/Malcolm Smith

    Lalolagi Tamilohaga
    kae nofonofo ake te La
    tuku mai ki tatou te ola
    fakapelepele

    Nofo ake o te ata
    kalaga mai e kamata te aho
    paku ake o te La
    kalaga mai o te aho kua uma

    Tele tele tamilohaga
    kae nofonofo ake te La
    tuku mai ki tatou te ola
    fakapelepele

    Tamilomilo kite la
    maua ai te taimi te ola
    hapo kae he fakamaumau
    manako mai
    e kikila ki mua i tetahi

    With each turn
    the sun remains
    Giving out
    keeping us alive
    Something Precious

    A new dawn
    A call to seize the day
    Not wasted
    Sundown ends the day
    A call to rest
    Look forward to the next

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:06 Story Lyrics
    Mau Piailug

    MAU PIAILUG 
    Lyrics & Musics - Opetaia Foa'i

    ke malamalama i te gagana
    o te moana

    Maua Poto kae kehe itu kaiga
    Kikila kite Lalolagi
    Ke iloa auala
    Manatua na pehe
    Hau mai Anamua
    Fakaholo Tamana ki Tama
    Ki koe ako tatou uma

    E te leo mai anamua
    mai tupuga mo tatou
    e kua maua te malamalama
    leo o tupuga

    Momoli na aloha kia koe
    te afi na kamata e koe
    e he mafai toe galo
    holo mai agaga
    te mamalu o tupuga
    toe manatua ai
    tatou uma

    E paku ko te la kua tofu ki lalo
    fakatu na mata
    ona fetu
    fakatu

    Galuega na fai nei
    taua mo tatou nei
    ke puipuiga

    Te tagata tena
    e malamalama
    te tagata tena
    te aloha tenei
    te tagata tena
    e iei te gagana
    te tagata tena
    tuku mai tenei

    He hails from the land of the Sun
    Taught from an early age
    Many hands guide him
    To understand
    The Language of the Sea

    With knowledge he finds
    Abilities of another kind
    Every sign has a message
    Tells of whats to come
    He still chants to remember
    That’s the way of long ago
    How it passes on
    From father to son
    Now you pass it on
    For everyone

    Its the voice of long ago
    From the ancestors to us
    We now understand
    The voice of the Ancestors

    With love and respect
    The fire that you lit
    Will never go out
    The spirit of the Ancestors
    Have honoured us
    They have come home to rest
    We remember again

    And when the sun falls below
    Small eyes open
    The stars take over
    They stand up

    This work that is done
    So precious to all of us
    We must protect it

    This one understands
    This one has given us a gift
    This one has the language
    This one has returned it to us
       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:14 Story Lyrics
    Tauasa

    TAUASA
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ko tala mai anamua
    ko salalau ite fenua
    saele ki motu se tagata
    tona igoa ko Tauasa

    Motulalo te koga avaava
    Na matea ai ne ia a tino agaga
    Tukutuku atu tona kete
    Tafatafa e maua ai te fou

    Ni isi fili fou
    Ni isi sakasaka
    Tino agaga

    Sa puli sa galo tou iloga
    Ko Salalau i fenua
    Toku fenua pele o Nukufetau
    Fakamatamata mimita ai au

    Tele ai aia kite Maneapa
    me ko talatala ne fafine
    toe fifili ne latou
    tena ko iloa
    poto te faiga o te fou

    A story from long ago
    Known throughout the land
    Happened as he was walking
    Around the Islet
    His name was Tauasa

    It was at a passage in Motulalo
    That he saw these Spirits
    Walking by with his basket
    He was able to get a fou

    Some were making fou
    Some were dancing
    These Spirits

    Always remember this story
    Known throughout the land
    My beautiful island of Nukufetau
    So proud it makes me so proud

    He then ran to the meeting house
    Asked the women to unravel the fou
    Then they put it back together
    That’s how they learnt
    The making of the fou

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:33 Story Lyrics
    Kaluve pepe

    shhhh kaluve pepe ...

     

    hau

     

    foe - hiiiii

     

    e .. e... kila mai!!

    e .. e .. kila mai!!

     

    e - e kila mai hau ta hiva e - 

    e - e hau ta hiva

     

    e - e kila mai, hau ta hiva e -

    e - e hau ta lue e

     

    TAHI LUA TOLU HAU...

    Manaia manaia te hiva

    manaia te hiva e

     

    Manaia manaia te lue

    manaia te lue e

     

    TRANSLATION

     

    Shhh Groovy Baby!

     

    Come!

     

    hey .. hey .. look at me 

    hey .. hey .. look at me 

     

    hey .. look at me now come and dance 

    come and dance 

     

    Hey .. look at me now come and dance

    come and sway

     

    1 - 2 - 3 COME

    beautiful beautiful dancing

    beautiful dancing

     

    beautiful beautiful swaying

    beautiful swaying

     

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    Te Mavaega

    TE MAVAEGA (To say goodbye)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    E pa mai te aso
    te mavaega
    talohia manuia te malaga
    e kua maopoopo
    te mavaega
    talohia manuia te malaga

    Pukupuku na taimi tenei
    tena tena
    fiafia ma te katakata ki ei
    pukupuku olaga tenei
    tena tena
    fiafia ma te katakata ki ei

    E – aoaoa te loto
    Te mavaega
    Talohia Manuia te Malaga

    Pukupuku na taimi tenei
    tena tena
    ko te aloha ma te agalelei
    pukupuku olaga tenei
    tena tena
    fakamaoni ma amio lelei

    E mamaha te loto
    kae fofou ai au
    ke toe fetaui taua
    ki mua

    Aganuku
    Te aloha
    Aga amiolelei
    Te mamalu
    Te kupu
    Ahh tena

    The day has come
    To say farewell
    To wish you well
    On your journey
    We have gathered
    To say farewell
    To wish you well
    On your journey

    Such a short time we have
    That that
    Just be happy and smile
    This lifetime so short
    That that
    Just be happy and smile

    Though my heart is clouded
    I’m saying farewell
    Wishing you well
    On your journey

    Such a short time we have
    That that
    Show love and kindness
    Honesty and decency

    Though my heart is heavy
    My only wish is
    That we meet again
    Somewhere up ahead

    Your Culture
    Your Love
    Your Spirit
    Your Good Intentions
    Honour and Dignity
    In your word
    That is all
    That really matters

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:20 Lyrics
    Tui Moana

    TUI MOANA (King of the Sea)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Te gali o te tai

    Fakateletele iluga o te moana

    Te gigila o te moana
    heheke atu au i toku vaka
    te Matagi e malu

    Te Manino o te Moana
    Te Malino o te Moana

    Tatou fenua ko tenei
    te atea a tatou kaiga
    tatou nuku ko tenei
    aganuku a tatou kaiga

    The rough rumble of the sea
    This beautiful sea
    Excites me

    I’m sailing across the ocean
    On the shining ocean
    My canoe is flying across it
    Carried by these high winds

    Such a clear ocean
    Such a smooth ocean

    This is our realm
    This kingdom belongs to us
    The traditions the culture
    Belongs to us

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:02 Story Lyrics
    Na ko koe

    NA KOE KOE (It's only you)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i & Sulata Foai-Amiatu, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith

    Gulugulu o te tai
    Ea koe te taleni
    Ma te potopotoga
    Taofi te valea
    Pula ou mata
    Ke kitea

    Ea koe te malohi
    Ma te Potopotoga
    Fakalahi te aloha
    Te fealofani
    Ke matea

    Na ko koe lava e mafai
    E mahai lava e koe

    Ea koe te olaga
    i tenei lalolagi
    fakalahi te malamalama
    tu hako ki ei
    ke pulea

    It’s your talent
    And your abilities
    Stop playing dumb
    Open your eyes
    And you will see

    Its your strength
    And your abilities
    Increase your respect
    Show it in kindness
    So we can see

    It’s only you that can do it
    It can only be done by you

    It’s your life
    In this world
    Increase your knowingness
    Stand up to it
    Be in control

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

     

     

     

  • 02:36
    Tolu afe
  • 03:42 Lyrics
    Katakata mai

    KATAKATA MAI (Bring on the smiles)
    Written by - Opetaia Foa'i


    Katakata mai
    Olo taua ki ei
    Manaia o te hiva
    Luelue ma te malie

    Matamata mai
    Tu la taua ki ei
    Fai gali o te hiva
    Luelue ma te malie

    Mimita te hiva
    Luelue fakamalie

    Lua pati
    Tolu pati
    Pati pati
    Ma luelue

    Bring on the smiles
    Lets both go for it
    Dancing beautifully
    Swaying so sweetly

    Bring on the onlookers
    Lets stand and do it
    Dancing beautifully
    Swaying sweetly

    Feel proud of the dance
    Swaying so sweetly

    2 hits
    3 hits
    Clap and sway
       

     © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:04 Story Lyrics
    Well.... you lied

    WELL.... YOU LIED
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    I want to see you go through
    Move into it
    Pull away pull away
    Temptations always looking for more

    Some invitation to lose yourself
    Armed with a needle and gun
    You can bet on it
    Pull away Pull away
    You know you got to break the spell

    It’s always one more for love
    To believe and come along
    What was I thinking of

    You told me once upon a time
    That our love is strong
    We will always go on and never die
    Be my friend ‘til the end
    Well you lied

    Liliu mai ve (turn this way)
    So high above the world
    Only you can see
    Liliu mai ve
    Don’t have what you want
    But I have what you need
    Liliu mai ve
    So high above the world no more and no less
    Liliu mai ve
    You’re going nowhere slowly bleeding to death

    Sympathy you can forget
    Whatever you need to get
    Help you through the Haze
    On your return no regrets
    No words can explain
    When you find yourself again
    Don’t give in to it

     
       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:01 Story Lyrics
    Tautaimi

    TAUTAIMI (Your timing)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i & Neil Forrest, Music - Opetaia Foa'i, Manase Foai & Neil Forrest

    Fano koe ki ei
    pehe pehega
    Fiafia ai tatou uma

    Malo te galue
    Te gali ona faiga venei
    Fiafia ai tatou uma
    I te olaga tenei

    Ko tau taimi lava
    tu mai la pehe mai la
    ke ta hiva ki ei
    aue te Malie

    Fakaali mai loto tena

    Matamata au i te fiafia o tatou
    katakata loto i fafia o tatou
    kua maua te lelei
    ko tau taimi tena

    Te leo te manaia te faiga
    tokehe te taofi tena
    fakaali mai loto tena

    Fakahakahaka mai koe
    fakaluelue agaga
    katakata mai koe
    fiafia olaga
    aue ke tena
    ko tau taimi tena

    You go for it
    Sing and play it
    This makes us happy

    Great work
    Beautiful
    When it’s like this
    We are feeling good
    This is life

    It’s your own timing
    Stand up and sing it
    Make us all dance
    Oh it’s so sweet

    Show what’s in your heart

    See how great we feel
    Our hearts are smiling
    We have found it
    It’s your own timing

    The sounds that’s how it’s done
    Remove all the stops
    Show us what’s in your heart

    Come on let’s dance
    Let your soul sway
    I see your smile
    Oh that’s it
    It’s your own timing

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:50 Lyrics
    Haoloto

    HAOLOTO (Free)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    Te hakiliiga o te haoloto
    e mafai koe ke nofonofo
    tokatahi te auala
    taua mo tatou olaga

    Fehiliiga o te mafaufau
    pe mafai ke mau he tautahi
    tatou he vaega
    kaiga o te lalolagi

    E toe foki mai
    na gali na fai e koe
    e toe foki mai
    agahala na gaoioi
    fakatu aloha
    te agaga haoloto tena
    tu mai ke hahaka ki ei

    Tu mai hihiva mai pepehe malie
    matagi te agaga te mimita
    te hihiva o te haoloto

    Tu mai pepehe mai hihiva malie
    matagi te agaga te mimita te
    hihiva o te haoloto

    The search for freedom
    From where you are
    There is one way
    Most valued by us all

    There’s much Soul searching
    Though we try to go to it alone
    We all belong
    To a bigger family
    Of the world

    It will return
    All the good that you do
    It will return
    All the bad that you do
    Stand with love
    That’s where real freedom is
    Stand up and move

    Stand up to dance and sing
    The warm winds comforting
    Dance freely with pride
    That’s the feeling
    When you are free

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:48 Story Lyrics
    Toe fetaui

    TOE FETAUI (Till we meet again)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Te fanoanoa
    tau te Malaga
    kau toku loto
    toku loimata
    oku manakoga
    toe fetaui taua
    tali au kae fakatofa
    Kia Koe

    O le fanoanoa
    tau le Malaga
    a’au lo’u loto
    i o’u loimata
    o’u mana’oga
    toe fetaui taua
    tali au ae fa’atofa
    ia Oe

    Much sadness
    the end of a journey
    my heart is drowning
    in my own tears
    my only wish
    that we meet again
    so I will stay
    and bid farewell
    To You

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 01:35 Lyrics
    Talanoa te pate

    TALANOA TE PATE (A conversation with log drums)
    Composed by Matatia Foai

  • 04:03 Lyrics
    Mana malohi

    MANA MALOHI (Supernatural Forces)
    Lyrics - Opetaia Foa'i, Music - Opetaia Foa'i & Malcolm Smith 

    Te manaia leo mai anamua
    Maua ai te poto ma te fiafia
    Tenei tenei te leo o kaiga

    Fakalogo ina uiga o leo tena
    Fakaalo te aloha o te vaega
    Tenei tenei te kau kaiga

    Tupuga tenei
    Te puipuiga
    Tupuga tenei
    Te hakiliga
    Tupuga tena
    E tatau fakafiafia

    Hihiva tenei
    Hahaka tena
    Matagi te mimita
    ma te fiafia
    kata mai pehe mai
    fakatahi
    te loto fiafia
    mana malohi

    Te gali o galuega
    Tuku mai te vaega
    te puipuiga
    o te kaiga

    The great voices
    Coming from long ago
    Giving us knowledge
    Making us happy
    These voices of the family

    Listen to understand
    With respect and love
    They are family

    These are the ancestors
    Protecting us
    These are the ancestors
    Always searching
    When satisfied
    They will come to rest

    This dance
    Those moves
    Such a proud feeling
    When we laugh
    And sing together
    With a happy heart
    For these supernatural forces

    All the wonderful work
    done by this group
    for the protection
    of the family

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
....." 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. "........

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Havili

by Te Vaka

Released 2011
Warm Earth Records
Released 2011
Warm Earth Records
Winner 2nd Place in ISC awards
Nominated for “Best Pacific Group”
Nominated for Best Pacific Language album”

16 page Booklet with Lyrics and Translations
  • 04:02 Lyrics
    Havili

    HAVILI (Blowing breeze)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    He huiga matagi
    kua havilivili
    fakaputu katoa
    au mea totino tuai

    ma tago fetogi kehe uma
    liliu ki lalo o foliga
    fakanoanoa e iku
    e maua e koe
    lahi ni mea e mata fiafia ai

    Kafai kua maua
    he malo silisili
    maua uma ia mea lelei
    hula ve he mea ofogia

    Ni itu kaiga vavega
    ea koe na fakaaliga
    e filifili e koe tau fano
    ta toe kamata
    lolomi la taku uo
    ke atea


    Kua toe kui
    i te mea hau ai koe
    Havilivili

    A wind of Hope
    is blowing our way
    gather up all
    your old belongings

    and throw them away
    turn that frown
    upside down and soon
    you will find
    much to smile about

    when you find it
    you will fully recover
    discover all that is good
    like magic they will appear

    it's some kind of miracle
    predictions become your own
    you choose then you go
    press clear my friend
    let's start over again

    returning to where
    you came from.

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:46 Lyrics
    Taku uo pele

    TAKU UO PELE (My dearest friend)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Fakafetai mo to alofa
    te gali ona taimi
    heoli lahi te fiafia
    kiki ki luga ve he matagi
    meake ve he lalolagi a tatou

    Taku uo pele
    hau la ke ta hiva
    taku uo pele pele
    mavae ai taua

    Manatua na aho
    kua galo atu
    te faikakata ma te fiafia
    e he mafai na puli
    oku mafaufau
    tatagi loto alofa i loto

    Taku uo pele
    toe tahi la te ta hiva
    taku uo pele pele
    toe tahi hiva taua

    Talohia fetaui taua
    I te lumanaki
    manuia to faiva
    malaga ki ko
    hiki ki luga
    fai pea na alofa
    na ko koe lava
    I toku loto

     

    thank you for your love
    for the best time
    we had one hell of a time
    kicking up a storm
    like we owned the world

    My dearest friend
    come lets dance
    my dearest friend
    before we part

    Remember the days
    that have passed by
    how we laughed with joy
    they will always remain
    in my mind as
    love resounds
    in my heart

    My dearest friend
    just one more dance
    my dearest friend
    one last dance for us

    I hope we meet again
    in the future
    I wish you well
    on your journey
    where ever that may be
    with high regard
    love will always remain
    with just you in my heart

     

       


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Luga ma lalo

    LUGA MA LALO (Over and Under)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ko au e i luga
    ko au e i lalo
    ka ko au lava
    te fakatonua
    hea te mataloa
    e he ko iloa

    E fano ma nofo
    I toku maliega
    ni malo na valakaua
    tataki te kupu tamotu
    oku manakoga
    oi oti te ala

    tiketike I fouvale
    kikila I te lalolagi
    nuku kehe ka hohoko
    kafai e fofou ki ei

    I'm over
    i'm under
    But i'm still in control
    for how much longer
    I really don't know

    I come and go
    as i please
    but my invited guests
    their mumbled accents
    take my attention
    from my one direction

    riding the revolution
    looking at the world
    different lands are uniting
    if they keep to their wishes

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:31 Story
    Vevela
  • 03:24 Lyrics
    Logo te pate

    LOGO TE PATE (Listen to the Pate)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ke manatua
    Faiga iena
    te luelue
    te malohi
    ina hiva

    Ke manatua
    Faiga iena
    te fiafia te malie
    ina hiva

    Hau la ke ta o
    kuku mai to lima
    Hau la ke ta o
    hau ta hihiva
    Hau la ke ta o
    kuku mai to lima
    Hau la ke ta o
    ko koe taku pele e fofou ai au

    Tamilomilo fakatamilomilo
    e kua ninimo toku ulu
    Tamilomilo fakatamilomilo
    toe fai toe fai ke manino

    Katakata mai
    hihiva mai
    fakalogo ki te pate aue
    ma te luelue

    Do you remember
    when we did all that
    the sway
    the energy
    expressed in the dance

    Do you remember
    when we did all that
    the joy and sweetness
    expressed in the dance

    come on let's go
    give me your hand
    come on let's go
    come let's dance
    come on let's go
    give me your hand
    come on let's go
    you are the only one that I wish for

    Round and round spinning round
    hey my head's getting dizzy
    Round and round spinning round
    do it again it'll soon clear

    Smile my way
    keep on dancing
    listen to the pate
    and keep on swaying

     

     


    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:06 Lyrics
    Moemiti

    MOEMITI (Dreams)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Puke ke mau
    au moemitiga
    na he tukua
    he tukua lele ke to
    e opoi ai manakoga
    na mea e fakamoemoe ki ei
    alatahi ki te malo

    He tukua fai ke mau
    moemitiga
    pe hea fai ke mau
    puipuiga

    Taofi mau ki au
    moemitiga
    tuha pe hea te ikuga
    taofi au puipuiga
    tena te tau
    malo pe heai e vena
    ona ola ki tatou

    Alatahi tenei te olaga
    alatahi te gali o tenei

    Heai he havali manumalo
    i te tahi itu
    na ko te loto tiga
    ma fenua oge
    te vevela malohi o te la
    tiaki ai mea uma
    mea uma e alofa ai koe ki ei



    Seize and Hold on tight
    to your dreams
    never let them go
    they connect to all
    that we wish
    all that we hope for
    the one road we can win

    Hold tight
    to your dreams
    no matter what
    hold on
    defend it

    Hold on tight
    to your dreams
    no matter the consequences
    hold your defences
    this is the prize
    win or lose
    this is how we survive

    one road for life
    one road for good

    There's no victory march
    down the other end
    just despair and
    barren land
    where the sun burns hard
    and you surrender
    all that you love

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:53 Lyrics
    Tu i fea

    TUI I FEA (Where do I belong?)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ma i he manavaga
    ina kua uma
    taunuku i te tumutumu
    luga o te mauga
    oi toe kamata
    aue aue

    Ko au e tu i fea
    e he kitea
    te mauga na fakatauemu koe
    e he paea

    Galo nei koe i kina
    I to hikomaga
    te lagi te tai moana
    kua he hafia

    Te fakatamilohaga
    heai ma he ikuga
    kake koe luga o te mauga
    kitea i te tahi

    Kitea atu koe i galuega
    mautinoa malohi
    kae i loto tau moe
    ko lagona
    he muhumuhuga
    ko au e tu i fea?

     

     

    And with a sigh
    when it's over
    you arrive at the top
    of the mountain
    then you start over again
    oh! oh!

    Where do i belong?
    It's just out of sight
    the mountain will taunt you
    it's just out of reach

    Are you lost where you are?
    When all around
    is sky and sea blue
    are you confused

    This merry-go-round
    has no end
    you climb to the top
    of the mountain
    only to see another

    I see you in your daily work
    so confident and so strong
    but in your sleep
    I hear you whisper
    where do i belong?

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:34 Story
    Taumalo
  • 04:03 Lyrics
    Lovely world

    LOVELY WORLD
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    And with a sigh
    when it's over
    E heai he haolotoga
    aua te pepelo
    Vagana holoi mata
    e mataga te lalolagi

    He malolo ke leva
    e lahi mea fia fai
    na leo e fakalogia
    te fakamatakutaku

    E iei toto i te fola
    ulu valea ma fatu tafetoto
    e fetoho mo he lelei
    ifo ki te mahini
    tena te matai

    It's a lovely world
    when there's freedom
    from these lies
    it's a lovely world
    when we wipe the sleep
    from our eyes

    Te lalolagi te manaia
    kafai e he iei e he iei
    te lalolagi te mataga
    kafai e iei ei e iei ei
    we still got time

    There's no freedom
    because of lies
    til' we wipe the sleep
    from our eyes
    there's no decency in the world

    Can't rest for long
    there's so much to do
    for the noise we hear
    is relentless fear

    There's blood on the floor
    Foolish heads and bleeding hearts
    will always want more
    worshipping the machine
    now their master


    It's a lovely world when
    there isn'tany lies and indecency.
    It’s a terrible world
    when there are is.

     

       

     

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 04:53 Lyrics
    Tamaiti Uma

    TAMAITI UMA (All children)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

       

    kafai e lea mai koe
    ko he mea lelei

    heai he mea lelei e maua ai
    taumafai taumafai
    taofi nei

    te lalolagi
    na leo laititi
    fenua uma o tamaiti
    hea te uiga
    na faiga vena
    ko au e he malamalama

    e la la la la la la lagona
    e na tamaiti uma

    e i fea lafitaga
    faitatagi o tamaiti
    na ko te ogohia
    maligi toto
    o tala piko
    katoa I loto o fenua

    Taua aua taumafai ke maua
    te filemu
    Fakamolemole
    taofi tenei

     

    What about us
    are you thinking of the children
    when you go out to war
    it sounds silly
    when you say it's right


    No good comes from it
    try try
    and stop it now

    Around the world
    the sound of small voices
    children throughout the land
    saying what is it all about?
    We don't understand


    All children have feelings too

    Where is our protection
    the children cry out
    how come?
    we feel pain
    see blood spilt
    hear the lies
    all across the land

    Please make it go away
    please stop this game
    stop it now

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 03:26 Lyrics
    Manuia

    MANUIA TOU ASO FANAU (Happy birthday to you)
    Lyrics & Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Ke manuia
    tou aso fanau
    te fiafia
    hihiva ai tatou
    Ke manuia
    tou aso fanau
    koli ki lalo toe
    fiti ki luga

    Te gali o te aso tenei
    fakaali te alofa
    ma amio lelei
    tu fakamanaia
    luelue malie
    fakagali ona hiva

    Fakaali te matagi i toku loto
    tuku koe kae fano ki ei
    fakaali fiafia ai tatou
    hiva mai fakaha te mataku

    Te paia o te aliki
    kavatu kia koe
    he ola lelei
    alofa mo tou kaiga
    e alofa atu foki
    kikila mai la

    Best wishes
    on your birthday
    with joy
    we are dancing
    Best wishes
    on your birthday
    Dance moving down
    then jump back up

    It's a beautiful day today
    to show our love
    in a genuine way
    stand up you're looking good
    shaking ever so sweetly
    so beautiful in the dance

    showing love in my heart
    just let yourself go
    showing joy in our love
    Let's dance there's no hesitation

    Blessings from god
    has given to you
    a wonderful life
    your love for your family
    we love you too
    just watch us now

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

  • 02:50 Story
    Puketu
  • 04:09 Lyrics
    Kofu o lakau

    KOFU O LAKAU (Coat made of trees)
    Lyrics- Opetaia Foa'i & Olivia Foai, Music - Opetaia Foa'i

    Kofugia e mauga
    he kofu o lakau
    tahi mea mai tenei kofu
    tele tele i lo au
    e he mafai ke matala
    oku mata
    va lahi ke ko kitea uma

    Tele o mea o te olaga
    tele atu i lo tatou uma
    hea nei la na faitioga
    e foliga valea a ki tatou
    ahh a ki tatou

    I fafo ki nei ko au
    e haoloto
    e heai tuakoi
    te avanoa
    I te va o mauga ma lakau
    kua galo kua fano kua galo
    oku mahalohaloga

    Na tama mafaufau
    kua lauefa
    I he tama taimi
    kua ko iloa
    lahi mea o te olaga

     

    The mountains are wearing
    a coat made of trees
    just one from this fur
    is much bigger than me
    I can't open my eyes
    wide enough to take it all in

    Theres so much more in life
    so much more than us
    don't our complaints
    now seem silly

    Out here I am free
    the space has no end
    between mountain and trees
    I've lost all pretence

    Small minds broaden
    for a while I realise
    there's so much more
    in life

     

       

    © Spirit of Play Productions/Opetaia Foa'i

NOTES
…”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 – …
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Te Vaka Live in Concert DVD

by Te Vaka

Released 2006
Warm Earth Records
Released 2006
Warm Earth Records
Two concerts - Toata Stadium in Tahiti and return to Apia Park in Samoa . 101 mins of live performance, great camera angles, esctatic audiences and Te Vaka at their best. Plus behind the scenes and music video clips. Available in NTSC & PAL All regions.
NOTES
The world’s most successful band to play original contemporary Pacific music, Te Vaka, are based in Auckland.
Founded in 1995 by the Western Samoan singer-guitarist Opetaia Foaí (whose Tokelauan language is a legacy of his Tokelau Island heritage), Te Vaka is a 13-strong collective of musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand (seven of them from the extended Foaí family). Their compelling, upbeat brand of fusion has its roots in …
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The making of Moana’s music [An interview with composer Opetaia Foa’i of Te Vaka]

Telling the stories of their ancestors, the voyagers and way-finders, through music

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