Pictures : All rights reserved If the Pacific ocean and its islands were to be some kind of a state, than this song: “My Island Home”, would be perfect as its national anthem. Written by an Australian, it was then adapted in Tahitian by a Hawaiian to become an instant classic in French Polynesia! “My Island Home” was written by an Australian, Neil Murray, while he … Continue reading My beloved Pacifican song: My Island Home!
Dawn Rasmussen, now in her 70s, is considered an institution in women’s sports for having played a pioneering role in the development of women’s sports as well as physical education in Samoa. As a young woman she represented Samoa in a number of sporting events such as netball, hockey, tennis and athletics, including five South Pacific Games beginning in 1963. Dawn later went on to … Continue reading Portrait of a Samoan athlete who dedicated her life to sports
Tahiti just lost its world record for biggest ukulele ensemble, obtained in April 2015. This Polynesian people proudly kept the title for one year and a half, until a church from Hong Kong (pictured above) got the best of them. The Chinese gathered 6125 players for New Year, pulverizing the 4792 players mobilized in Tahiti. In the Tahitian media, calls for a new attempt at the record … Continue reading The start of the ukulele wars
The BLUES’UP festival, renamed BLUES UP ORCHESTRA, is organized by the association AMJ-BECA, presided by Michel BENEBIG, is a unique ephemeral orchestra band that brings together our Caledonian musicians recognized across the oceans and “jazz” world jazz . Freshness and energy for a festival 2017 GET FUNKY! BLUES UP ORCHESTRA fits into the tune of time with a program of 40 years of FUNK style. … Continue reading International Blue’s Up Orchestra 2017
The maori artist Hiwirori creates hand painted and decorated guitars, mixing his own style with traditional maori designs. Some of his creations are just gorgeous, as a look at the Facebook page of his MOKO Guitars collection will attest. In maori, Moko means tattoo, but Hiwirori introduces colors and painting designs as well: Of course, everywhere around the Polynesian triangle, tattoo is a central part of … Continue reading Handmade Polynesian tattoo guitar designs
GondolaSessions is a Youtube Channel we stumbled upon one day and found the idea amazing. Those guys invite bands to take a trip into the sky gondolas of Aotearoa for a private jam session. Between the magnificent landscapes of New Zealand and the music playing live in such an intimate space, the trip is always a shot of inspiration. You also get to know, almost personally, the guest … Continue reading Private concerts in kiwi “sky” Gondola
This is Tikahiri. They define their style as “Paumotu Goth“, and they are living legends in French Polynesia. It mixes rock, classical instruments and polynesian lyrics in a 100% original and explosive combo. Tikahiri was created by two brothers, Aroma and Mano Salmon, born and raised on a small atoll in the Tuamotu archipelago, in French Polynesia. They spend their days living like authentic island boys, fishing, … Continue reading Meet Tikahiri, Tatoo Artists and Goth Gods Born from an Atoll
The maori singer Ria Hall is releasing her first solo album. If its first waiata (song) is any judge, it should be pretty darn good… “Tell Me ft. Che Fu” is a modern reggae as powerful as it is beautiful. The intention of the song is clear, as the singer herself writes on her Facebook page : “With no desire to appease the musical establishment, ‘Tell Me’ speaks … Continue reading A new Maori reggae wave : “Tell Me” by Ria Hall and Che Fu