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.
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 the chants, harmonies and log-drums of the Pacific Islands: their lyrics encourage awareness of the environment, stress the importance of community, and take politicians to task. Nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music award and with four lauded albums under their tapa cloth sarongs, Te Vaka have performed in 30 countries around the world and forged a formidable live reputation in the process. Here’s why.
As great as they are on record (and they are), live they are something else. This DVD shows the band in two separate concerts; at Toata Stadium in Tahiti and Apia Park in Samoa. A traditionally dressed line-up of impossibly beautiful men and women playing everything from electric guitars and kit drums to pate (single and double log drums) and pa’u (indigenous goat-skin conga and bass drums), Te Vaka evoke the spirit of the islands through music and just as importantly through dance. The deft camerawork includes wide shots of the stage, behind-drum-kit shots, close-ups of dancing feet and the delighted faces of two spellbound audiences, raising their arms in the air and singing along word for word. Male dancers in grassy anklets slap their bodies percussively, their ancient fatele dance enhanced by the chants and rhythms of a row of tribal-tattooed drummers. Female dancers in coconut-shell bras and grass skirts enact ancient tales with baskets of flowers, swaying hula-like figures of eight. There are music videos of the hits ‘Tamahana' and ‘Lakilua’, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the Tahitian tour- and of the bands arrival in Samoa. They are greeted with songs, dance, garlands and pride, revered as envoys of a beautiful, fragile part of the world.
Jane Cornwell
Songlines Magazine UK

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TE VAKA BEATS - 25.02.17

"TE VAKA BEATS" is a 10 track album of new percussion tracks written by Te Vaka's master percussionist - Matatia Foai and produced by Opetaia Foai.  "Te Vaka Beats"is for dancers, choreographers and anyone who loves log drums, skin drums and adventurous percussions. Mastered at "The Bakery" in LA by grammy award winning mastering engineer, Eric Boulanger you have not heard log drums like this before. 

Te Vaka Beats - new album


NEW ALBUM!!! Release date - 25th February. Available for pre-order soon! 

Click to hear interview with Matatia

First single - Lukitau


Moana is nominated for: "Best Animation" and "Best Original Song". Winners announced at the Oscar awards ceremony on the 26th of February.

Soundtrack album

Moana soundtrack Album                                                                                         

The Moana soundtrack album made it to No.2 on the Billboard 200 album charts and No.1 on the Billboard sound track album charts.

Other news





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


The Te Vaka singers arrived at Warners Brothers Recording Studios in Burbank to add the Te Vaka magic to the Moana soundtrack click here for pics and more




Great news - The Amataga album wins "Best Pacific Music Album" ( Recorded Music NZ award) and "Best Pacific Song" for Papua i sisifo" the song written in support of West Papua and their struggles for freedom.
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FROOTS MAGAZINE give "Amataga" a big "Thumbs up" read review HERE



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