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New Zealand Maori ChoraleSongs of New Zealand

“Songs of New Zealand” by the New Zealand Maori Chorale is a selection of famous Maori action songs, poi dances, love songs, canoe and fishing songs, stick game songs and traditional chants. All Orchestral arrangements are by Brian Hands, with Choral arrangments from Paul Katene. Pre-European Māori music was predominantly sung, but researchers Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns have unearthed a rich tradition of blown, struck and whirled instruments. Songs (waiata) were sung solo, in unison or at the octave. Types of song included lullabies (oriori), love songs (waitata aroha) and laments (waiata tangi). It was traditional to end a speech with a song, but none are reported to have been composed especially for this setting or confined to it. Some of the smaller wind instruments were also sung into, and the sound of the poi provided a rhythmic accompaniment to waiata poi.

For Fans of: Traditional Maori Music, Hirini Melbourne, Maori Choirs

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