Join ‘the other’ New Zealand bass Wade Kernot for this traditional Māori lullaby. Not sure how to beat Jud Arthur’s aria on horseback, performed for An Aria A Day 28 May, Wade calls in students from the New Zealand School of Music for backup.
The Māori people were the earliest settlers in New Zealand, arriving in the country about a thousand years ago. This piece belongs to the more recent ‘concert party’ tradition of Māori music.
Wade and his students also perform ‘Lo Ta Nu’u’, a traditional Samoan song sung as a prayer to close gatherings.
‘Hine E Hine’ by Princess Te Rangi Pai
E tangi ana koe, hine e hine
You are crying my daughter
Kua ngenge ana koe, hine e hine
You are tired my daughter
Ka ti to puiri ra, noho i te aroha
Stop your sadness, rest in love
Te ngakau o te matua, hine e hine.
The heart of the father, my daughter.