18 Dec 2022

Blue Smoke: The Pacific

From Blue Smoke, 8:00 pm on 18 December 2022
Bill Sevesi and Islanders

Bill Sevesi and Islanders Photo: Courtesy of Bill Sevesi

This episode of Blue Smoke goes beyond the reef to explore the era when Pacific music flowed from the islands to Aotearoa. Besides featuring Auckland-based expatriates such as Bill Sevesi and Bill Wolfgramm, it includes their musician peers in the islands in the 1960s, who recorded often for New Zealand record companies.

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Music Details: 

Artist: Bill Sevesi Team
Track: Bamboo Swing
Composer: Bill Sevesi
Album: Thank You for Making My Day
Label: Rajon

Artist: Bill Sevesi and Bill Wolfgramm
Track: Chulu Chululu
Composer: Trad
Album: The Great Bill Sevesi
Label: Rajon

Archive audio: Coral Route, Skyway to the Pacific
Item: Inflight announcement, 1953
Producer: Bryan Brien
Source: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision
Reference: 38965

Artist: The Terangi Family
Track: Te Manu Pukarua
Composer: Eddie Lund
45rpm single
Label: Viking

Artist: Eddie Lund and His Hawaiians
Track: Hoe Ana
Composer: Trad
45rpm single
Label: Viking

Artist: Samoan Surf Riders
Track: Oka! Oka! La’u Honey
Composer: Trad
Album: Aloha Samoa
Label: Viking

Artist: Pacific Teenagers
Track: Hula Lolo
Composer: Unknown
Album: Queen of the Islands
Label: Viking

Artist: George Tumahai
Track: Rhythm of the Islands
Composer: Leon Belasco
Album: Rhythm of the Islands
Label: Viking

Artist: Bill Wolfgramm and His Hawaiians
Track: Ai Ai Malie
Composer: Unknown
Album: Hawaiians in Kiwiland
Label: Stebbing Zodiac Archive Series, vol. 9

Artist: Will Crummer (with Annie Crummer)
Track: Aue Take Tane
Composer: Will Crummer
Album: Shoebox Love Songs
Label: Ode

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