6 Feb 2024

Blue Smoke: Iwi Waiata

From Blue Smoke, 12:00 pm on 6 February 2024
George Nepia & Kingi Tahiwi c. 1935

George Nepia & Kingi Tahiwi c. 1935 Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

Popular music is not pure; it respects no borders. The only truly indigeneous music from Aotearoa is likely to be bird song. But many birds migrate and bring back jazz, country, rhythm and blues, reggae and hip hop.

This episode of Blue Smoke will explore the evolution of Maori popular music from 1930 to 2002.

Written, presented, and produced by Chris Bourke; engineered by Marc Chesterman.

More to explore:

Musical Chairs: Dalvanius Prime
Nick Bollinger's Essential NZ Album: Herbs Light of the Pacific
AudioCulture: A E I O U – Milestones in Maōri music

AudioCulture: Tekau Waiata Reo Maōri mō te Irirangi – Ten te reo songs for radio
The Mixtape: Moan
a Maniapoto

 

Music Details: 

Artist: Nick Nicholson & the Neketini Brass         
Track: Tararua Tramp
Composer: Nicholson
Album: The Neketini Brass
Label: His Masters Voice

Artist: Daphne Walker, George Tumahai, Trevor Edmondson   
Track: E Puritai Tama
Composer: Kingi Tahiwi
Album: New Zealand Maori Songs
Label: Viking

Artist: Tarawa Sisters & Aloha Orchestra 
Track: Beneath the Maori Moon
Composer: Walter Smith
Source: Dennis Huggard Collection

Artist: George Nepia
Track: Beneath the Maori Moon
Composer: Walter Smith
78rpm disc
Label: Decca

Artist: Gerry Merito
Track: Maori Springbok Song
Composer: Sam Freedman
45rpm single
Label: Impact

Artist: Johnny Cooper and his Range Riders
Track: Manu Rere
Composer: trad
78rpm disc
Label: HMV

Artist: Tokomaru District High School Maori Choir (soloists: Mere Pahina, Duke Pewhairangi, Kiwi Huhu)
Track: Ta Apirana
Composer: Tuini Ngawai
45rpm EP: Tokomaru Bay Songs
Label: Viking

Artist: Dalvanius Prime
Interview with Chris Bourke, 2000

Artist: Rama White  
Track: The Language Song
Composer: unknown
Album: Lou & Simon Brooklyn Bowl Spectacular
Label: Zodiac

Artist: Lou and Simon
Track: E Rere Taku Poi/Hoki Hoki Tonu Mai
EP: Lou and Simon Sing Maori Songs
Composer: trad/Tomoana
Label: Red Rooster

Artist: New Zealand Trading Company     
Track: Rua Moko
Composer: Thomas Kini
Album: New Zealand Trading Company
Label: Memphis

Artist: Butler
Track: Mistake
Composer: Apirana-Warren-Sinnot-Adams
Album: Butler
Label: Family

Artist: Herbs
Track: French Letter
Composer: Toni Fonoti
45rpm single
Label: Warrior           `

Artist: Moana & the Moahunters    
Track: Taonga Puoro
Composer: Moana Maniapoto
Album: He Taonga te Reo (Rua)
Label: Tangata

Artist: Southside of Bombay
Track: Kia Mau
Composer: Ripia-McGregor-Raiha-Pepe-Te Whare-Wehipeihana
Album: He Taonga te Reo (Rua)
Label: Tangata

Artist: Hinewehi Mohi & Oceania   
Track: Kotahitanga (album mix)
Composer: Mohi-Coleman
Album: NZ Hit Disc 4
Label: NZ On Air

Artist: Ariana Tikao
Track: Te Atatu
Composer: Ariana Tikao      
Album: NZ New Music Vol XII
Label: NZ Trade & Enterprise

Artist: Apanui
Track: Kia Rite
Composer: Apanui-McGregor-Ripia
Album: E Tau Nei
Label: Jayrem

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