Putumayo presents – South pacific islands [2004]

Lable: Putumayo World Music

putumayo presents south pacific islands


  1. Te Vaka – Luliana – (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)
  2. Matato’a – Mana Ma’Ohi – (Rapa Nui/Easter Island)
  3. Te Vaka – Sei Ma Le Losa – (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)
  4. Telek – Abebe – (Papua New Guinea)
  5. Te Vaka – Haloa Olohega – (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)
  6. OK! Ryos – Nengone Nodegu – (New Caledonia)
  7. Whirimako Black – Wahine Whakairo – (New Zealand)
  8. Te Vaka – Nukukehe – (Tokelau/Samoa/New Zealand)
  9. O-shen – Siasi – (Papua New Guinea)
  10. OK! Ryos – Co Era So – (New Caledonia)
  11. Gurejele – Watolea – (New Caledonia)

Putumayo presents South Pacific Islands, one of the first widely distributed collections of contemporary music from this remote region of the world. In fact, most of the artists featured on South Pacific Islands are little known outside their country of origin.

Blessed with stunning natural beauty and unique cultures, the islands of the South Pacific have long symbolized paradise on Earth to outsiders. Of course, life is more complicated than travel brochures and Gauguin paintings would lead one to believe. The people of the South Pacific, like elsewhere, struggle with the impact of modernization and are fighting to revitalize and redefine their traditions before they disappear.

Both Telek and O-shen come from Papua New Guinea, a tropical archipelago of dense rainforests and active volcanoes. Telek combines ancient Tolai traditions and contemporary Western music without compromising his native culture. O-shen, the son of American missionaries who was raised in a remote Papuan village, fuses traditional Pacific music with hip-hop and reggae.

OK! Ryos and Gurejele are leading figures in New Caledonia’s Kaneka movement, a unique music that blends local polyphonic singing styles and traditional rhythms of the Kanak culture with pop and world beat flavors.

Te Vaka, a New Zealand-based band with members from across Oceania, is creating a pan-Pacific pop music that incorporates elements from a variety of cultures into an appealing fusion. Fellow New Zealander Whirimako Black endeavors to bring Maori music, culture, and language to a broader audience.

Finally, from far-off Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, comes Matato’a. Their native language is now spoken by less than 3000 people and is blended here with an upbeat, cross-cultural mix of music.

This enhanced CD features an OK! Ryos music video filmed on the picturesque beaches of New Caledonia, as well as informative liner notes in English, Spanish, and French, striking Lonely Planet photographs and the recipe of a traditional South Pacific dish.

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