CD Edition Pierre Verger: Polynesia - From Bora Bora to Tahiti (CD 1205353),
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Edition Pierre Verger: Polynesia - From Bora Bora to Tahiti

  • 1. Te Riu Riu - Aparima - Coco's Temaeva/Various Artists
    2. Minoi Minoi - Charley Mauu & The Royal Polynesians/Various Artists
    3. Hiri Nake 'Ini Raki' - Various Artists
    4. Teara Roa - Various Artists
    5. No to Maru e Te Taurea - Royal Folkloric Troupe/Various Artists
    6. Ono - Various Artists
    7. Takirikiri o Te Manu - Kaina Boys/Various Artists
    8. Oini Maa - Various Artists
    9. Te Matete - Various Artists
    10. Nancy - Hawaiian Trio & Taki/Various Artists
    11. Iriti Mai - Henriette Winkler/Various Artists
    12. Kaveu - Various Artists
    13. To'u Ora No Oe - Various Artists
    14. Manureva - Polina/Various Artists
    15. Marche des Jeux du Pacifique Sud - Fetia/Various Artists
    16. E Rori E - Maeva/Various Artists
    17. Na'u Haka - Various Artists
    18. Bora-Bora I Love You - Marie Mariteragi/Various Artists
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 66527

  • Credits

    Photographer: Pierre Verger.
    Arranger: Yves Roche.
    A nice little album of Tahitian music that seems to be straight out of the age of Hollywood exotica. The music on Polynesia -- From Bora Bora to Tahiti runs the range from the stereotypical missionary-influenced chorus, to the haka (actually from New Zealand) mixed with a chorus, to straightforward Hawaiian tourist music from the 1940s. There isn't too much here with authenticity prior to the time period of the recordings, but there's something to be said for the album as it takes an audio snapshot of what Tahitian music was supposed to sound like, even for a short time. The performances are relatively good, though the groups moving through Hawaiian or Maori forms tend to miss a note here and there. A particular highlight is the group Maeva, with a pounding set of pahu and toere on "E Rori E." It may be heavily tourist-influenced, but that doesn't mean the music ain't worth hearing. ~ Adam Greenberg

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