Monday, May 3, 2010

Moari Action Song, New Zealand

Maori Action Song
New Zealand

Performed by Maori Concert Party,
Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, New Zealand

postmarked in 2010 with a 1.80 New Zealand 'Russell' stamp

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Māori music is music composed or performed by Māori, the native people of New Zealand, and includes a wide variety of folk music styles.

Pre-European Māori music was predominantly sung, but researchers Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns have unearthed a rich tradition of blown, struck and whirled instruments. Types of song included lullabies (oriori), love songs (waitata aroha) and laments (waiata tangi). Some of the smaller wind instruments were also sung into, and the sound of the poi (raupo ball swung on the end of a flax cord) provided a rhythmic accompaniment to waiata poi.

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