The colorful sounds of the South Pacific return with Havili, the 7th album by Te Vaka. As usual, the band combines melodic folk-rock and pop songs with superb percussive pieces, showcasing the log drums and other percussion instruments of the South Pacific.
Te Vaka is led by lead singer-songwriter Opetaia Foa’i, who was raised in New Zealand and is half Tokelauan and half Tuvaluan. Havili has a focus on vocals, featuring male and female lead vocals as well as a children’s choir in ‘Tamaiti Uma’.
Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from the South Pacific nations of Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand brought together under the leadership of Opetaia Foa’i. The inspiration for Opetaia Foa’Ii’s music comes from his multi-cultural upbringing – half Tokelauan, half Tuvaluan, born in Samoa and bought up in a Tokelauan community in New Zealand.
The band’s previous album, “Haoloto”, released in December 2009 won “Best Pacific Group 2010” and “Best Pacific Language song” at the 2010 Pacific Music Awards.
Te Vaka have recorded another fine album full of exotic and passionate South Pacific rhythms and immediately accessible songs.
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.