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Greatest Hits
Songs that Inspired Moana


Artist: Te Vaka
Label: Walt Disney Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 October 2017

Walt Disney Records releases Te Vaka Greatest Hits, which features 10 songs culled from the group’s 8 albums, plus a new previously unreleased track, 'Lakalaka'.

Te Vaka, a unique 11-piece group, has enchanted the world with its music, costume and dance of the South Pacific for more than two decades. Combining the timeless roots of Polynesian music with contemporary influences and dance, audiences are taken on a journey into the Pacific Islands, into the heart of Polynesia.

Opetaia Foa‘i, the founder and lead singer of Te Vaka, is a multi award-winning songwriter, celebrated for his dedication to telling the stories of the South Pacific.

Foa‘i was part of the diverse and dynamic team behind Disney’s Moana inspired music. In addition to co-writing several songs for the film and soundtrack, the score also featured contributions from Te Vaka’s singers and log drummers.

For fans of Moana, this release allows them to get more of a flavour of Te Vaka's original output.

Track listing:

01 - Tutuki
02 - Haoloto
03 - Pate Pate
04 - Havili
05 - Tele ve ko koe
06 - E keli
07 - Sei ma le losa
08 - Taku Uo Pele
09 - Manu Samoa
10 - Papa E
11 - Lakalaka” (previously unreleased)


Nick Smithson

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