POI E: STORY OF OUR SONG

9 PM FRIDAY JUNE 2, KAHUNGUNU MARAE, NUHAKA
1 PM SATURDAY JUNE 3, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA (FREE)
7.30 PM SUNDAY JUNE 4, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA (FREE)

POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG

Director Tearepa Kahi (Maori) 2016 94 min NZ

‘Do you know what the funny thing is? Everyone knows the song, but nobody knows the words.’ ·That’s right man... mmmhh Poi E.’

In 1984 a Maori popsong topped the charts in New Zealand. It was nothing short of a miracle that music with Maori language lyrics could achieve such success. It was the heyday of Tina Turner and Michael Jackson – and of course most songs were sung in English. But then along came Dalvanius Prime, an imposing Maori with a strong but silky smooth voice, and the singers of the Patea Maori Club. Prime had already established himself as a ‘black’ soul singer, then he began to mix traditional melodies with modern Beats. Although the media would have loved to ignore it, Poi E became a ‘hymn of a new generation’, ultimately encouraged many Maori to rediscover their roots and experienced a new hype in Taika Waititis feature Boy