Thursday, June 3, 2010

Number one music hit in NZ - again!

Poi E' is the only kiwi song to make it into the NZ Top 40 in 3 separate decades - it now looks like it will hit number one yet again - after 38 years!

Written by linguist Ngoi Pewhairangi with music by Dalvanius Prime, the song was a way to teach young Maori to be proud of being Maori – in a format that young people were comfortable with.

When record companies weren’t interested in the song Prime formed his own label, Maui Records and recorded 'Poi E' in late 1983. The Patea Maori Club provided the vocals above a funky rhythm that featured bass, Linn drums and a synthesiser. read more here

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