Kōrero: Tokelauans

Te Vaka

Listen to a segment of a song from the successful Tokelauan band Te Vaka. The pate (log drums) maintain Pacific timbres and beats, forming the backdrop to their songs. They sing of Tokelau’s history and address diverse themes, from the Peruvian ‘blackbirders’ (slave traders) of the past to modern threats such as rising sea levels.

Sound file from Warm Earth Records

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Te Vaka

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Carl Walrond, 'Tokelauans - Culture and custom', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/music/733/te-vaka (accessed 27 February 2020)

He kōrero nā Carl Walrond, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015