Saturday, 30 January 2016

Stan Walker ~ "Aotearoa" ~ ataahua = beautiful!

What a joyful song "Aotearoa" is - and a stunning video of New Zealand landscapes and people!  It represents much about New Zealand that I love and am proud of. 

Stan Walker composed the song with producer Vince Harder and launched it in Maori Language week, 2014.  You can read about it in this Scoop article:


I know that many of you are going to want to sing along so here are the lyrics:


Along with Stan are other fine performers.  You can see a more of their music in the links below:
  • Ria Hall features in this song of Tiki Taane's called 'Nana's song', so named for reasons that he describes before the performance.  I find it very moving, and suggest that if you're losing faith in humanity this video will bring you back.  Tiki Taane also features in another of performance listed in this Chronicle, performing "Save my soul" with Jayson Norris.
  • Troy Kingi sings "True Love": This is a favourite cheer-me-up video!  Troy performs it somewhat impeded by actually singing while an extraordinarily deft barber gives him a transformational hair cut - Well done Troy and an equal round of applause to the barber! 
I've been a fan of Stan's for some time now, as you can read in my two previous articles about him:
You can read more about Stan here:

Lyrics to "Aotearoa":

CHORUS

Nō tawhiti, nō tata
nō te whenua o te Atua tātou
ahakoa nō hea mai koe
ka whawhai tonu mātou mōu


VERSE 1- STAN WALKER

Ko au tō maunga, tū tonu
ko te moana pari mai koe
ko koe te awa i taku remu, ko tāua anō tāua
nō te one i Kurawaka, hei tiaki i te whenua nei


BRIDGE (TROY KINGI)

Aotearoa, he iwi kaha tātou,
he mana tuku iho mai anō
whenua haumako
wairua ora
whāia tō ara
ki te mutunga

REPEAT CHORUS


VERSE 2 (RIA HALL)

He kōrero tō te whenua, heke mai ki a tātou
he toa au mōna e oke nei e
e kore au e hinga
he uri nō te roimata
te toto o ngā tūpuna
e kore au e wehi ē

BRIDGE (TROY KINGI)

Kia kaha tātou ki tāu i pai ai
Whakatinana, kaua e ngutu noa
Whenua haumako, wairua ora
whāia tō ara ki te mutunga

REPEAT CHORUS

(NZ NATIONAL ANTHEM -- MAISEY RIKA)

E Ihowa atua
o ngā iwi mātou rā
āta whakarongona
me aroha noa
kia hua ko te pai
kia tau tō atawhai
manaakitia mai
Aotearoa!

REPEAT CHORUS
Nō tawhiti, nō tata
nō te whenua o te Atua tātou
ahakoa nō hea mai koe
ka whawhai tonu mātou mōu


Feel inspired to start learning Maori?  You can do it right away exactly where you are - with the Toku Reo video series.  It starts with basic pronounciation and greetings, and over the following lessons extends to more complex language:
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