Marlon Williams said he chose the song after reflecting on his own response to the attacks. He chose the waiata, with its lyrics about the history and geography of Ōtautahi, as a way of enveloping the dead into the story of the land.
Category: Waiata | Song | Pese
Waiata is the Māori word for song. Pese is the Samoan word. Music is a universal language in any language. And music and song is one way to learn a new language, the history and stories of people and their cultural meanings. These songs in te reo Māori and other languages of the Pacific region are selected for their historical significance and, or, their powerful, and often, tender messages. They speak to the heart and mind too, if you let them.
Sung at New Zealand’s National Remembrance Service for the victims of Christchurch’s mosque terror attacks. Another moving musical tribute from another of Aotearoa’s soulful musicians, Hollie Smith and Teeks..