THE LOG DRUMS

The heart and soul of Te Vaka lies with the Pate or the Log Drums, this along with the open tuning is what gives Te Vaka it's signature sound. Anyone who is familiar with Te Vaka music will know that these drums are not only used for percussion but are incorporated into the songs as well.

Te Vaka was the originator of the 3 tier log drum stand which gives each drummer a variety of log drums to play during a performance or recording. This innovative idea has been copied by many log drumming groups since it's inception. It was originally designed by Opetaia and his father in law, Brian Clay in 1997 to accommodate the new beats being performed live by the band. This combination established the Te Vaka sound that has been seen and heard all around the world.

Naming the drums - In 1996, while experimenting with log drum grooves, it became necessary to give each percussive instrument a name so that the drummers knew instantly which drum was being referred to during rehearsals etc. These names are now in common use by Te Vaka members but they were all names made up by Opetaia.

Bass skin drum Rythym log drums
 PA'U MALU (skin bass drum)  PATE TOA (Rythym log drum) & PATE LIKI (Small log drums)

 

Lead Long drum Running skin drum

PATE ULU (Lead log drum)

PA'U VILI (Running drum)

Te Vaka log drummers

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Moana soundtrack album out now!

Moana soundtrack AlbumThe Moana soundtrack album is climbing up the charts and is now no.5 on the Billboard 200 album charts!!!!

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OPETAIA ENTERS THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 WITH "WE KNOW THE WAY"

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GREAT INTERVIEW WITH OPETAIA -

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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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

 

 


AMATAGA WINS THE "TUI"

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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