Story: Popular music

Ana Hato and Deane Waretini

Ana Hato and Deane Waretini were the first New Zealand singers to be recorded commercially locally. The recordings were made by the Australian company Parlophone during the Duke and Duchess of York's tour of Rotorua in 1927. Hato and Waretini went on to make more recordings with the company, popularising what are now well-known Maori songs, such as 'Waiata poi', 'Pōkarekare ana' and 'Pō atarau'. Listen to their version of 'Waiata poi'.

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Reference: Eph-A-PHONO-1930-01-5

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Recorded music, radio and dance music, 1900s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014