|A2||Wonder Of You||2:29|
|A5||Po Ata Rau||2:27|
|B1||Rags To Riches||1:59|
|B3||All Those Nights||2:35|
in 1926 the late dean waretini senior became the first maori to record commercially in new Zealand. he went on to earn fame in the 20's and 30's with the ana hato in recorded duets.
today his son, deane waretini junior, has again made new Zealand recording history. his record, " the bridge" , has become the most popular new Zealand single ever released, the first maori song to become a gold record.in fact, as this album goes to press, sales of "the bridge" have almost reached platinum level. as a boy at whakarewarewa, rotorua's famous thermal reserve, deane used to dive off a bridge for coins thrown by tourist. his hit single looks at another bridge...that crossing the gap between two different cultural groups, and the values of his own cultural heretige. much of this is reflected in the songs on this album written by his cousin, George tait, an elder of their te arawa tribe. and the old favourite, from rags to riches, is almost a significant choice for this album. in the early days of his 10-year singing career young deane had to work at a variety of jobs- including that of a dustman- to support his family. but now he has succeeded. he has not forgotten his beginnings and those who helped him become established. as for riches, these are not so important for 31 year old deane- and his main concern is to convey through song the wisdom and advice of his elder and cousin. George tait.
then there is the aroha (love) deane holds for his father, who died the day before his 21st birthday. it was then that young deane decided to devote his life to singing. " after all" he says, "I really owe it to him..."
entertainment columnist daily post
rotorua, new zealand