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Original South Pacific Island Music
Original Contemporary Pacific Music
This cd isn't just a random collection of pretty tunes; it tells the story of the people of the island of Tokelau, and more generally, of all Pacific Islanders. Te Vaka means "the ship" and even if you aren't from the Pacific, you can imagine the importance of ships to people living on far-flung islands. In the first cut, "Tokelau" is not so much a song as setting a stage, as if you've landed on the island; first you hear the surf, then you hear the birdsong as you move inland, and finally you hear the sounds of an active village, with children laughing and people talking as they work. You're then treated to a joyful paean to "Te Namo," the lagoon, the focus of life on the island and the source of many happy childhood memories, sung by adults and children. "Papa E" is the story of the longing of a man who had to leave Tokelau to go make a living elsewhere. In "Tagi Sina" (goddess of the moon) you hear the love and utter heartbreak of a woman left behind when slavers came and took her family; in the 1900's these islands were decimated by slavers who were looking for people to work the mines of Peru. She is talking to the moon goddess, asking her to watch over her lost family and to bring them safely home. "Te Vaka" is a powerful rowing song; you feel like you're on an ocean-going canoe with the paddlers, and it's not a lazy little paddle on a lake, either; these guys are pros who are giving it their all on the deep blue sea. And for sheer happy silliness, "Ika Ika" is the song of a hungry man singing the praises of fish, knowing lunch is on the way.
South Pacific: Island Music
Do not expect to hear Hawaiian guitars, ukuleles and the Hula. Imagine however, a musical odyssey through the South Pacific islands traveling with a rucksack, 200 rolls of tape and a tape recorder. Here are some wonderful examples of authentic South Seas music - unbelievably and yet endangered species. Recorded by David Fanshawe. Originally released in 1981. Slipcase. Nonesuch. 2003.
An odd, vibrant selection of rhythmic and vocal tracks from across the Pacific basin. These field recordings reveal an amazing variety of musical styles and approaches. Drummers and percussionists in particular will find this collection a surprisingly rich resource -- some of the rhythms on here are quite amazing and unusual. If you're looking for a way to branch out into older traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian musical culture, this set will certainly help you delve deeper. Recommended!
Moon Handbooks South Pacific
From lagoon swimming in the Cook Islands to witnessing the race of the banana bearers in the Heiva i Tahiti festival, travelers will find the best of the South Pacific both popular and obscure in this guidebook. Moon Handbooks South Pacific provides in-depth coverage of outdoor recreation, with specifics on swimming, diving, yachting, kayaking, biking, hiking, camping, climbing, caving, and horseback riding.
Complete with helpful maps, photographs and illustrations, as well as useful advice on practicalities such as food, entertainment, shopping, visas, money, health, packing, and inter-island travel, this guidebook offers the tools you need for a uniquely personal experience.
Fantastic Tropical Beaches to Visit
New Wonders of Nature
Bora Bora French Polynesia
The latest in the batch of Moon Handbooks releases proves again that Moon is one of the finest travel series around. What sets Moon apart from most guidebooks is the attention to detail, and more importantly, a respect for the topic.