Sunday, 12 June 2016

Tiki Taane ~ 'Tangaroa, God of the sea' ~ calling to the deeps

My regard for Tiki Taane continues to grow.  In this recording he boldly performs what most would hesitate to share: the dramatisation of a spiritual connection between himself, the sea, and what I am guessing are the spirits of his tribe.  It is a chant of considerable power, a call to the deeps with fierce and elemental energy.

I heard this on the radio when I was relaxing in my car, taking a break with a sandwich and a cuppa on my way from one destination and another.  My attention was immediately caught.  

Once I knew what it was about I imagined the early Maori warriors paddling their great canoes out in the ocean in rythym with that vigorous chant.  They would need to call up great energy to match the power of the sea, and the chant certainly taps into that.

Looking at the video I can see that the story has a somewhat different slant, powerful in a different way and even more compelling.  It is a masterful production, and as with so many other such videos I'd like to see more end-of-film credits to those involved in it.

Thank you, Tiki Taane, for this courageous recording, and to Tahu FM for giving it air time.

Readers who enjoy this may also like to watch his video of 'Nana's song', another very personal recording, this time about his grandmother:

Ria Hall, who sings with him, has an amazing voice.  She also performs in Stan Walkers video, 'Aotearoa', which is featured in another of my articles, which you can find by clicking on the link below:
Maisey Rika, who also performs with Stan Walker in that video, performs her own very different song about Tangaroa here:
It is a beautiful song about the God of the sea and the importance of caring for all the creatures that live in the waters.

Tiki Taane features in an earlier article of mine, singing with Jayson Norris, a happy song which you can find by clicking on the link below:
I have enjoyed getting to know the music of these amazingly talented musicians, through the work they do together.  What do they have in common?  They are all Maori!  Ataahua!

You can find out more about Tiki Taane at his site here:

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