|Maori woman with the traditional Moko tattoo|
Ladies & gentlemen, I hope you had a great time for our first week with the maori people of New Zealand and that you did not get too scared with their virile way of welcoming. This week we'll go for something totally different with the SONGS OF THE MAORI, THE MANIAPOTO VOICES (Zodiac ZLP 1036 from 1966).
Imagine what would have happen if the Andrews sisters where born in a Maori village In New Zealand... I'm pretty sure they would have become singers! Well, that's pretty much the same story for the Hikuroa sisters. Kay, Kelly, Laura and Hinerangi are four Maori sisters from the Ngati Maniapoto tribe who kept the family traditions of singing and recorded this very sweet lp.
Today, we got 15 gorgeous bittersweet folk songs with mostly vocals, some light strings and a hint of piano to enhance their goodness. It seems like the sisters ever released some more songs as the back cover mention another Zodiac ep: THE MANIAPOTO VOICES, EPZ 139 that I'd love to ear. If you got more from them, please let me know!
|traditional Maori tattoo|
Not only those four sisters did their best to produce a gorgeous record but they been really great about the cover as they choosed a photo of their grand mother proudly wearing the traditionnal moko tattoo to illustrate their music. What a great way to show respect to their traditions and cultural background. ENJOY!
01 TE ATAIRANGI
02 KA MARANGI TE WAI
03 TU MOKE MOKE
04 ETE IWI E
05 TE MARAMA ITE PO
06 PATERE TAINUI
07 REO KARERE
08 HOKI MAI
09 MANU RERE
10 TUREITI ETE IWI
11 TIARO TANUMIA
14 FAREWELL TO WANA-I-RANGI (lament)
15 NOW IS THE HOUR (po ata rau)