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Wolfgramm,BillSouth Sea Rhythm & Melodies of Maoriland




The first 2 Tanza albums to be released in New Zealand now remastered and compiled on one cd !!
Historically important and aurally sublime.

Bill Wolfgramm and His Islanders were responsible for New Zealand’s first pop album, South Sea Rhythm, a 10-inch disc released by Tanza in 1956.It was actually a compilation of 78s recorded earlier by Tanza, many featuring vocalist Daphne Walker. Side one was instrumental, featuring just Bill Wolfgramm's band, whilst the second side was vocal. It was quickly followed up by the more locally oriented Melodies of Maoriland, which included tunes such as ‘Haere Mae’, ‘When My Wahine Does the Poi’ and ‘Pania of the Reef’.

Most of Wolfgramm’s Hawaiian-style pop 78s were recorded for Tanza, and his early recordings were done on his New Zealand-made Commodore eight-string lap steel guitar.

South Sea Rhythm

South Sea Swing
Hilo March
Tiger Shark
Maui Chimes
Kohala March
Lovely Hula Hands
Hawaiian Kisses
Manu Rere
Polynesian Love Song

Melodies of Maoriland

Haere mai
New Zealand's Christmas Tree
When my Wahine does the Poi
Aroha
Kotuku
Pania of the Reef
Maori Action Song
Haere Ra, My Love

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