Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – Hailing from Rapa Nui (Easter Island),
Matato’a‘s fifth album, Tatoo, celebrates the ancient and the new. Matato´a,
“the watching eye of the Pacific warrior,” is an indigenous Rapa Nui all male
five member band led by Kevamatato´a Atan, who formed the group in 1996. These
warriors not only make great music, but seek to “promote the ancestral
traditions (dances, costumes, body paintings) of the island” of Rapa Nui, also
known as Easter Island. Their
2004 Tupuna Productions release is a mix of love songs such as “Muri
Ia Au,” traditional Rapa Nui songs like “Manavai,” and songs that
describe cultural traditions including the “Haka Pei,” a Polynesian sport.
Matato´a’s music, like Pacific Island tattooing, is a testimony to the
survival of Pacific Island cultures. The CD includes a video clip of “Here
Ma´ Ohi,” with footage of the band and its magnificent island.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.