Tuesday, June 30, 2009

RadioMONDO Reviews: Te Roopu Tangai

An amazing collection of Maori songs. I took off a half star because, even though these are traditional hakas, over time and missionary meddling some have been given "western" arrangements that incorporate some summer camp sing-a-long style acoustic guitar. Otherwise, the a cappella chants and songs are pretty damn cool. All songs were performed by kids from the Lyttelton High School in Gisborne, New Zealand.
I read that "Ka Mate Ka Mate" is the fight song of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team.

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