Te Vaka, have been nominated as one of the four finalists in the Asia / Pacific section of the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music. The nominations are based on the artists' outstanding work, both on album and in concert, during 2002. Winners will be announced on BBC Radio 3's World Routes on Saturday 8th February 2003, and a compilation CD will be released early next year. For full details see www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world also nominated for the Audience Award see www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/awards2003/aatevaka.shtml
Jenny Newell, London: 'Their positive Pacific energy, warmth and rhythm make them irresistible.'
Susan Mann, USA: 'Love their music. Have used it for my dance class and I have all their CD's. They are so inovative.'
Susan Barr, Dublin: 'A most original sound from a super band of musicians and artists. Played on Rhythms Round the World - Jazzfm Radio.'
Although based in New Zealand, the band's fusion music is inspired by the Pacific Islands, particularly the groups that comprise Tokelau,Tuvalu and Samoa, from whence the family of band leader Opetaia originally came. The islands of Tokelau, Tuvalu and Samoa were major influences on Opetaia's upbringing and his songwriting. He was raised in Samoa until the age of nine when his whole family emigrated to New Zealand. The Tokelauan community there continued to provide musical inspiration; every gathering was an opportunity for people to sing and dance, and this mood is sustained in the evocative spirit of the band. The addition of band members from many Islands in the South Pacific also helps to add flavours from all over Polynesia to the music and dance of Te Vaka.
"One of the most dynamic live experiences I have ever witnessed" The Guardian, UK
"...one of the most talented and original world music acts to appear on the international scene for years..." Ronnie Scotts, U.K.
"…a refreshing antidote to much of today’s self obsessed pop." L.A. Daily News, USA