Our new blogger friend, Gwan, who we were introduced to by our friend Mary Kay, who blogs from Paris, has come up with some great recommendations of things to do and see while we’re in New Zealand. Gwan, who lived in Wellington for a year, got into an email exchange with Peter about music to help get us into the Kiwi spirit.
One of those songs, called Poi E, is now stuck in my head (thanks, Gwan!). It’s performed by The Patea Maori Club, and Gwan says that although it’s not a traditional Maori song, it was a hugely successful one-hit wonder in the mid-80s. In fact, it was on the charts for 22 weeks in New Zealand, including four weeks as the #1 song in the country. “It was written to encourage Maori pride... you should watch the video - very 80s!” said Gwan. And very 80s it is!
With no further ado, may I present Poi E. (Check out the kid at about 1:07 - a proud face, or what?)
And on YouTube, because one thing always leads to another, Peter and I found this video of JGeek and The Geeks performing Maori Boy, a little more contemporary slice of the Maori culture.
Anybody else out there have any recommendations on music to listen to (or books to read or movies to watch) to get ready for our big trip?