Rippling are the waters...
This is one of the most famous of Māori songs.
It tells of Paraire Tomoana's courtship of Kuini Raerena.
It is believed to have been arranged by P. H. Tomoana & his concert party in 1917.
If you have speakers set up on your computer, you can listen to the melody of Pokarekare Ana right now, by clicking here (1K MIDI File).
Alternatively you can hear a clip of it being sung, by clicking here (115K MP3 File, will take a little longer to download and play).
Here are the lyrics:
Often these days, only the first verse and the chorus seems to get sung, perhaps several times over, with added harmonising in each repetition.
Materials on this page have been extracted from material researched by John Archer on the Pokarekare Ana page of the New Zealand Folksong website. Many thanks to him for his most valuable work.
For superb information
about New Zealand folk songs, take a look at John's site: New
Zealand Folk Song.
This page last updated 06/07/2003 02:11:44 AM
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