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Te Vaka — Te Namo
Album: Te Vaka
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:53
Plays (last 30 days): 4
(The Lagoon)

Fakateletele i te namo ki iuta
Fakatu pehe taumuliava
Te Lahu, Te Tufa, Te Loto, Te Alohi
Kikila i tamaliki ma tupu laga

He ma pehe
He ma pehe Tokelau

Fesili ake pe fano ki fea
Saloa na fetu kua motoki

Te gali ote aso tenei
Te matagi kua agiagi mai
Manulele kua eva ki luga
I te gali ote aso tenei
Fano atu ki luga o te tai
Fakateletele ai toku vaka
Te gali ote aso tenei
Te matagi kua agiagi mai

Ooh te namo Te matagi
Ooh te namo

ma tamaliki Ooh te namo
Manulele
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I was blessed to have had a lot of kiwi mates as co-workers in my teaching days, especially when I was in Shizuoka 1988-90. Fine folk from a timeless and important land! Shouts to allya!
This is why we listen to RP! I love the children's choir. I've never been to the islands but listening to this, I'm there.
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Google translate now says that it "makes my vagina worse".  Is there some friend able to help us out with this?  The song deserves more respect.




https://www.lyrtran.com/Te-Nam...
Sounds like the sort of think Robby Robertson would have had a go at. It gets under your skin and is quite catchy
Google translate now says that it "makes my vagina worse".  Is there some friend able to help us out with this?  The song deserves more respect.
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I don't care how cheesey some people say this song is... I like it. brightens my mood. 
That's easy for them to say.
 Highlowsel wrote:

I agree.  Nice.  Google translates shows the language as Maori?  Sooooo....at the risk of erroneous translation here goes nuthin'...

"Increases the risk of poisoning
Such anonymous mistake
Tea, Tuhituhi, Heart, Love
Take a child and grow up
It is white
There is a Tokelau art
ask where to fly where
The stars have dropped

(Children's Chorus)
This is a long time ago
The wind blows
Upgrade birds
This is a long time ago
Turn on the beach
Increasing my boat
This is a long time ago
The wind blows

(Then first stanza is repeated back and forth between man and children)

I'm sorry The wind
I'm sorry
my baby I'm sorry
Birds"

(I'm sure the translation does poor service to the song but.....) 
 

So "te namo" mean's "I'm sorry?"

 Boxie wrote:
I enjoyed this until the kids started to sing.  Threw off the whole vibe of the song at least for me.
 

My reaction to this song was just the opposite regarding the introduction of the chlldrens choir voices.  Solid 7 from me.
One of those RP songs.... no idea what they're singing about, but they all sound happy. I like it !!
Thanks Bill and Rebecca.

I wouldn’t have heard this anywhere else and it has made my life better.
great collection of songs today RP. Thank you.
 haretic wrote:
Wow, what a beautiful sound! At least 8, for now.

I didn't expect a result, but thought I'd try Google Translate on these lyrics anyway. Pleasant surprise!  "Language detected" is Samoan.

(Please bear in mind that I am just the messenger):


Drive the thrill to Utah
What a joke
Lahu, Tufa, Loto, Alohi
Chickens in chicks and growers

It's so clean
It is pure Tokelau

Ask yourself where it goes
Let those stars be broken

This is a day trip
The wind was blowing
The birds are flying high
This is a gali day
Set it on the sea
It accelerates my vagina
This is a day trip
The wind was blowing

Ooh te namo The wind
Ooh te kami

and Ooh's baby
Birds
 
You know, I couldn't quite put my finger on it, why I like this song so much. But you nailed it with these lyrics. It accelerates my vagina.
Wow, what a beautiful sound! At least 8, for now.

I didn't expect a result, but thought I'd try Google Translate on these lyrics anyway. Pleasant surprise!  "Language detected" is Samoan.

(Please bear in mind that I am just the messenger):


Drive the thrill to Utah
What a joke
Lahu, Tufa, Loto, Alohi
Chickens in chicks and growers

It's so clean
It is pure Tokelau

Ask yourself where it goes
Let those stars be broken

This is a day trip
The wind was blowing
The birds are flying high
This is a gali day
Set it on the sea
It accelerates my vagina
This is a day trip
The wind was blowing

Ooh te namo The wind
Ooh te kami

and Ooh's baby
Birds
 Highlowsel wrote:

I agree.  Nice.  Google translates shows the language as Maori?  Sooooo....at the risk of erroneous translation here goes nuthin'...

"Increases the risk of poisoning
Such anonymous mistake
Tea, Tuhituhi, Heart, Love
Take a child and grow up
It is white
There is a Tokelau art
ask where to fly where
The stars have dropped

(Children's Chorus)
This is a long time ago
The wind blows
Upgrade birds
This is a long time ago
Turn on the beach
Increasing my boat
This is a long time ago
The wind blows

(Then first stanza is repeated back and forth between man and children)

I'm sorry The wind
I'm sorry
my baby I'm sorry
Birds"

(I'm sure the translation does poor service to the song but.....) 
 
Translation shows the intent, but not in poetry, not by metaphors that lift it to poetry.
Just bumped this up, from 7 to 8; much-needed uplift during these uncertain days!
Yep, wonderful!
This makes me miss my homeland of NZ..  The Pacific shares so much culture and Te Vaka does a great job of 'doing' the sharing.
Every time I hear this it’s surprisingly uplifting. Makes me smile and nod along.
The kids choir nails it! 
this is wonderful!
Inspiring!
Close my eyes and I am outward bound for Tahiti!  
 Highlowsel wrote:
Makes me want to grab a large trimaran and head for the horizon with this song guiding my heart.  Maybe it will be much the same for our new frontier, as we begin to sail the boundless expanse of space?  Regardless, see ya out there!?!

Image result for trimaran
 

Makes me want to paddle out into a warm ocean and catch a few waves.
bumped from 8 to 9 . . . enjoy it more every time I hear it
This piece has a brilliant build to excitement without excess; no banging drums, screaming me-me's, or whacking guitars, just a powerful setting for a new set of voices. It earns a 7.5 on the BG Scale (Bill Goldsmith scale); a logarithmic scale similar to the Rictor Scale. 
Fortunately the lyrics are here so we understand exactly what they're singing.   

I kinda like the music.
I enjoyed this until the kids started to sing.  Threw off the whole vibe of the song at least for me.
Makes me want to grab a large trimaran and head for the horizon with this song guiding my heart.  Maybe it will be much the same for our new frontier, as we begin to sail the boundless expanse of space?  Regardless, see ya out there!?!

Image result for trimaran
OMG, just watched the NZ movie What We Do In the Shadows this weekend, it is wickedly funny...
This is cool. I'm from NZ. Glad you recognise we've got something to offer.
I've loved this band since I saw them play in Glasgow, Scotland in the late 90s. Brilliant!
 wtango wrote:
I love this, thanks Bill!
Reminds me of "Moana" - an unexpected gem of a movie AND soundtrack.
 
I sat down to watch this with the grandkids and a massive frown.  Unfortunately, I found it was a beautifully made movie, with splendid animation and sensitive storytelling.  I might need to watch it again.  Doh.
Thank you ... for PSD
I love this, thanks Bill!
Reminds me of "Moana" - an unexpected gem of a movie AND soundtrack.
Opening descending chord progression seems to mimic the opening to "Time Was" by Wishbone Ash...
Love this.
This is gorgeous! Thanks, RP...
 kingart wrote:
The National, Radiohead and other droners sing in perfectly fine English—and not nearly so upbeat and energizing as these folks, making fine sounds with roots in another language and culture altogether. wazzup? 
 
{#Stupid} not quite sure what the point is you are trying to make here.
The children's chorus is smooth. Good  Song.   {#Dance}
The National, Radiohead and other droners sing in perfectly fine English--and not nearly so upbeat and energizing as these folks, making fine sounds with roots in another language and culture altogether. wazzup? 
 Proclivities wrote:

Somehow I knew there would be a Pink Floyd reference somewhere in the comments - even for this song  There seems to be one in the comments for every song on the playlist.  At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma".
 
I can't hear any more PF in this than I can hear "Schools Out" by Alice Cooper or "Grandad" by Clive Dunn.  Just kids singing...
 kingart wrote:
Nice! 
Translation, please.
 

 
I agree.  Nice.  Google translates shows the language as Maori?  Sooooo....at the risk of erroneous translation here goes nuthin'...

"Increases the risk of poisoning
Such anonymous mistake
Tea, Tuhituhi, Heart, Love
Take a child and grow up
It is white
There is a Tokelau art
ask where to fly where
The stars have dropped

(Children's Chorus)
This is a long time ago
The wind blows
Upgrade birds
This is a long time ago
Turn on the beach
Increasing my boat
This is a long time ago
The wind blows

(Then first stanza is repeated back and forth between man and children)

I'm sorry The wind
I'm sorry
my baby I'm sorry
Birds"

(I'm sure the translation does poor service to the song but.....) 
 Proclivities wrote:

Somehow I knew there would be a Pink Floyd reference somewhere in the comments - even for this song  There seems to be one in the comments for every song on the playlist.  At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma".
dance 

 


"At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma". "


Wait: you know about this?!?!? {#Whipit}

BTW: do you have endless supply of cartoon/comic strip images? Not that I'm complainin'. 
 hayduke2 wrote:


look up Ashley Bickerton

 
Nice referral to Ashley. He's quite the character.
 netraam wrote:
Please stop this.

 
I would if I could. 
I'm liking this. Thanks for the variety, RP. Sometimes it really hits home. {#Cheers}
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/te-namo-lagoon.html
https://www.tevaka.com/

Not so sure I wanted to know the translation but to my surprise I found this site & there you go English lyrics.

Rp always plays stuff I have no idea what is said but love what is played.

The very best place to hear the best!
 Ashloh wrote:
Superb
 

 
agreed! {#Cheers}
Nice! 
Translation, please.
 
 triviagal wrote:

.....   annnnnnnddd queue the "teacher - leave us kids alone"

 
Somehow I knew there would be a Pink Floyd reference somewhere in the comments - even for this song  There seems to be one in the comments for every song on the playlist.  At least there's no allegation that it's ripped off from some obscure track from "Ummagumma".
dance 
Superb
 
Really like this song.  Thanks once again, RP, for enriching my life with wonderful music.


look up Ashley Bickerton
From Wikipedia:

Most of their songs are written in Tokelauan language, reflecting the heritage of band founder, singer, and main songwriter, Opetaia Foa'i. Foa'i was born in Western Samoa, to a Tokelauan father and aTuvaluan mother, and raised in a Tokelauan community in New Zealand. He has said that the inspiration for his music comes from his multi-cultural upbringing. However, some songs are also written inSamoan and Tuvaluan languages, which are the native tongues of most of the other band members. 

doktorpsilo wrote:
Really? It sounds Tahitian to me...
 

mojoman wrote:
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.

 
kh808 wrote:
Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  

 

 

 


Really? It sounds Tahitian to me...
 

mojoman wrote:
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.

 
kh808 wrote:
Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  

 

 


{#Daisy}
"the fair haired Dalai Lamaaaaaa"?  Time to stop working and find a good Bourbon.....The Universe is speaking..
Please stop this.
 mojoman wrote:
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.
 
you mean we sound like the rest of the world?  Coooool.
Except this song doesn't sound the slightest bit Polynesian. Change the lyrics and it could be from anywhere in the world.

 
kh808 wrote:
Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  

 


Embrace the Polynesian culture as we learn from all those around us . The words there singing is all about that. Funny that there is so much negative response to the very theme of the song.....

One great factor why I donate money to Radio Paradise. It opens up my world to shine a lite on my little piece of the planet to what more is out side my widow beyond the horizon .....
Mahalo Nui Loa  
Don't know, but sounds pretty joyful to me.  Is that allowed here?
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 
.....   annnnnnnddd queue the "teacher - leave us kids alone"
 Cynaera wrote:
I like this song. Kids included. It adds an innocence to a fierce tribal background.  NO idea what they're singing, but it's my first listen, so I'm just absorbing it. . . . For now, I just love those child-vocals.  The rhythm and the mood - wonderful....
 
It's as soothing as a visit to a tropical beach on a sunny day.
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 


Newspaper article about "The Simpsons"'s Grandpa Simpson: "Old Man Yells At Cloud"
 shawshank wrote:

 
Dang it, now I'm going to have to watch Lilo & Stitch with the kids when I get home.
Wonderful music from Oceania! I can just see the palm trees waving in the wind. Thanks for keeping the stream polylinguistic and intergenerational!
"More dookieeeeeee!!!"

 miahfost wrote:

Dear sir,

   You scare me.

Sincerely,

A. Person 
 
They all scare me down there.
 Geecheeboy wrote:
We were doing fine until the kids started singing. Then I had to hit PSD.
 

PSD ??    ''Pops Son Daniel'' ? lol
We were doing fine until the kids started singing. Then I had to hit PSD.
I totally agree with Manbirdio !

I love how diverse RP is.  Thank you for this. 


I love kids but they do nothing for this song.
i am feeling this song....kids especially. :-)
 Magellan18 wrote:
no kids - no future
very simple
like this too
 
To those anti-kid people: These children are singing. They're not out terrorizing neighborhoods or dreaming up new ways to torture puppies. They are singing.

Where's the wrong in that?


no kids - no future
very simple
like this too
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 
wait til you have kids!!!!


I like this song. Kids included. It adds an innocence to a fierce tribal background.  NO idea what they're singing, but it's my first listen, so I'm just absorbing it. I'll analyze it later.  For now, I just love those child-vocals.  The rhythm and the mood - wonderful.... {#Sunny}
Pretty itty bitty ditty.



 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 

I could not disagree more.{#No}
I'm impressed, another song in my library I would never have thought I would hear on a radio station; well played!{#Cheers}

 Misterfixit wrote:
So, Dear Sharkey, thus ends my response to your response.  I'll go ahead and scroll upwards to see if any more responses are necessary to illuminate the Illuminati, so to speak.  As for my various marriages:  Well Sir or Madame, I finally settled on a good ole Oregon Farm Cowgirl who can shoot a .44 magnum better than I can.
 
Dear sir,

   You scare me.

Sincerely,

A. Person 
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 
Having starred on a couple of records as a former childhood singer, I feel suitably qualified to agree with your comment
{#Sealed}
 
I love the kids' voices. {#Wave}
May be sad, but I agree with Dogpound.  Worse than the Michellin ads. Please.
This is kind of nice. I rather like it.
 dogpound wrote:
nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
 

Nothing makes something worse than your sad little comment.

nothing makes something worse than kids singing.
Wow layed back in a dugout.. with these guys paddling me over a crystal clear Lagoon >> Full marks RP
Drowning in sugar.
Woo Hoo!  Tuituila!  Hey, listen to the Katrinas some time too ..

This never fails to make me smile. Thanks for bringing back such fond childhood memories of growing up in Samoa in the 1970s.

More Te Vaka on RP. There are five albums to choose from Bill!
THis is one of those tracks that makes you say "aahhhh"
I dig!{#Dancingbanana}
One of the finest amateur children's choirs ever to attempt a pop song... {#Stupid}
Very Cool.
 ziggytrix wrote:

If only there were some sort of convention for facetious writings on the internet...

{#Rolleyes}
 
You could read my latest book.


 Papernapkin wrote:

Are you kidding, they listen to Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cougar at Homeland. Yes, this is definitely submersive.
 
Very Submersive!  Some of the comments herein absolute torpedo me.  And I suspect that they listen to Sousa Marching Band mostly.

Which, by the way, about 100 years ago it was reported that a member of the Chinese Embassy delegation to Washington DC remarked that listening to Sousa marches always gave him an erection.

Bit o'trivia there.

 sharkey wrote:


Idiot! There's more than the U S of A in this world. What exactly did you learn in school? Oops, sorry. Just red (not read) your song comments and picked up that your from Nashville. Sorry!!!
 
Gee, Sharkey, I just now read your comment back to my comment.  The English word for what I originally wrote is "Satire".  And "Your" is spelled "You're".  Next time, try to contain that Leftie Exuberance and see the usefulness of satire before firing off a blast from the angry side of your world.  Hopefully you are not always angry at SOMEthing .... and THAT is sarcasm.

Oh, OK, I'll spell what I meant out:  The reference to DHS and all the nut-jobs inside the Beltway (Washington DC) refer to the — well, the Nutjobs, cranks, Zealots, and diverse Jingoists who just plain don't like anyone except "Americans"   Never defining what constitutes and "American", of course; when we all know that even the descriptor "American" is incorrect, both actually and politically..

Ah, yes, and further FYI, My Dear Sharkey:  I read, write and speak the following languages with the annotated levels of fluency (as attested by my last Defense Language Institute testing scores:

Spanish - Latin American - Level 3 out of 5 levels, 5 being a native-born speaker)  I lived and worked at destabilizing governments in Central America for many years; sure had to know the lingo;

German - Level 2 (never could put "To a hässlicher Amerikaner, Ausländer", into the Future Pluperfect tense)

Korean - South - Level 2 (1 year at language school and 1 year in country and still can't read actual Chinese Characters, which educated Koreans use in their high-falutin' newspapers); oh yes, and I was married to one, too.

Vietnamese - South - Level 3 ('cause I was married to one, maybe?)

Italian - Level 3 ('cause I was married to one of them too)

So, Dear Sharkey, thus ends my response to your response.  I'll go ahead and scroll upwards to see if any more responses are necessary to illuminate the Illuminati, so to speak.  As for my various marriages:  Well Sir or Madame, I finally settled on a good ole Oregon Farm Cowgirl who can shoot a .44 magnum better than I can.

Cheers from Nashville, Music City, USA


 tm wrote:
Sometimes I think it's hard to convey sarcasm in text...
 
If only there were some sort of convention for facetious writings on the internet...

{#Rolleyes}
 mirland wrote:
Painful to say the least....
 
agreed.
Painful to say the least....
This is fun.  The comments are even funnier.  Sometimes I think it's hard to convey sarcasm in text...  As a multi-linguist I found the hardest part of learning another language to be the subtleties of humour. 
 cattail321 wrote:

calming..................The Poose...ur a PIG{#Puke}
 

I think you completely misunderstood Poose's comment. 
I've looked and looked for this song...can't find it.

anyone knows where I might ba able to download it?

nevermind....found it, but not on the CD listed on the song file, but it is this CD too.


The kids safe this one for me.
 sharkey wrote:

Why? English is not the only language in the world. Respect other peoples cultures. How many languages do you speak?.
 
calming..................The Poose...ur a PIG{#Puke}
dot.tk on Tokelau... Tokelau magic ... all about islands... 


 Misterfixit wrote:
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, whatever .. foreigners, anyway. Wonder if HomeLand Security knows about this music? Sounds subversive to me ...
 
Are you kidding, they listen to Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cougar at Homeland. Yes, this is definitely submersive.
 Misterfixit wrote:


Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, whatever .. foreigners, anyway. Wonder if HomeLand Security knows about this music? Sounds subversive to me ...
 

Idiot! There's more than the U S of A in this world. What exactly did you learn in school? Oops, sorry. Just red (not read) your song comments and picked up that your from Nashville. Sorry!!!


 ziggytrix wrote:
I thought it sounded very much like Hawaiian...

 
ThePoose wrote:
You mean, ''Damn Polynesian children: can't they just sing in English?'' At any rate, damn them all—right?
 
 
Why? English is not the only language in the world. Respect other peoples cultures. How many languages do you speak?.


I'm a sucker for kid choruses, what can I say?
Reminds me of Stitch. 

I thought it sounded very much like Hawaiian...

 
ThePoose wrote:
You mean, ''Damn Polynesian children: can't they just sing in English?'' At any rate, damn them all—right?