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Thursday, November 28, 2013

9 of 1001 Songs: Ana Hato and Deane Waretini's Pokarekare

This song sounds so different than anything I've heard so far. It's definitely not something I personally would listen to again, but it does have an appreciative quality to the tune. The vocals are well balanced and the instrumentals are beautiful. Outside of vinyl you might not even find a recording of this available anywhere else. The only online version I found was someone recording their vinyl playing the song and uploading it.

History: There isn't much about the particular performers of this song, Ana Hato and Deane Waretini. They have beautiful voices but seem to have not been as huge outside their land of New Zealand. Anyways, this song is a traditional song from the same island. It's a love song with varying accounts of how it originated. The song is rumored to have been written in 1914 during World War 1, and then in 1921 the song had the lyrics published.


Vocals: The vocals from Ana Hato are beautiful and she has a voicing that is unique. I also like how her voice sounds operatic. It gives this song a heavy vibe that is powerful with the vocals. Her voicing still remains feminine though as well. I'm not sure if Deane Waretini contributed only with instrumentals are vocals. It does sound like two vocalist are singing, but the other doesn't sound male though it could be.

Instrumentals: If I'm correct then Deane Waretini was the musician in the song, the thing is not even Wikipedia discusses what instrument was his specialty. The instrumentals do sound good in this song, but the vocals are more overwhelming than any instrument used in the tune. The song though comes together well with how the instruments sound though.

Lyrics: Maybe the singer was the male and the female was the musician? The lyrics are actually singing about a female and how the man wants her back. I could have had my roles completely reversed there. Considering this was just a cover of a traditional song it's really difficult to tell though. The lyrics are nice though, and they have this very tragic atmosphere about them. The original language they are sung in makes them much more appealing though.

If you're a fan of songs with lots of heritage in them then this is one. It originated in New Zealand  and it's a traditional song there. This is just one of the many renditions of it that I believe became most popular, and was one of the first to be broadcast of it considering it was recorded not too long after the original was written.

Rating 6 of 10.


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