Rangi Te Kura Dewes ‎– Nga Moteatea - Traditional Song-Poetry Of The Maori

Kiwi ‎– SLD-33
Vinyl, LP


A1 E Timu Ra Koee E Te Tai Nei 4:15
A2 'Ore Te Mokemoke Te Tuohu Noa Nei, E 3:32
A3 Erangi Ra Ia Ki Te Rātōrua 3:00
A4 Whakaarahia Ra 3:15
A5 Haere Ra, E Hika, Koutou Ko Mātua 1:52
A6 He Mea Pai E Te Hoa 2:40
A7 E Kui Ma! E Koro Ma! 2:00
B1 E Rere E Te Ao Ra Runga O Nga Hiwi 4:05
B2 Ka Riro Ra, E, Te Momo O Te Tangata 3:30
B3 Tērā Te Haeata Kowae Ana Mai 2:05
B4 Po! Po! 3:40
B5 Angiani Hauraro 2:45
B6 E Muri Ahiahi Takoto Ki Te Moenga 2:05
B7 Haere Ra, E Hika, Ke Te Kāinga Rua 2:35



A1 - The soliloquy of an invalid.
A2 - A song-poem of sorrow.
A3 - A song of mourning.
A4 - A song of mourning.
A5 - A song eulogising the dead.
A6 - A love song.
A7 - A song of mourning.

B1 - A song of mourning.
B2 - A song of sorrow.
B3 - A song of sorrow.
B4 - A lullaby.
B5 - A love song.
B6 - A love song.
B7 - A song of mourning.


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January 28, 2013

A rather haunting album of Maori folk music. I found this in a discount pile, expecting something hokey - like the records handed out by airlines to back in the 1970s. Instead, it is solely Rangi Te Kura Dewes, with a rather unassuming voice, singing mostly laments straight across both pieces of wax. While there are individual tracks (including three love songs), the first is subtitled in English as 'The soliloquy of an invalid', and things stay about equally maudlin for the rest of the album. Which is to say, this is not a recording to start your day with.

All that said, there is an elegance to the roughly-hewn vocal style, and something trance-inducing in the rhythm and steadiness of delivery. The breaks between tracks are easy to miss, lending the whole thing a monolithic (not to say totemic - these are traditional folk songs after all) air.