INTERVIEW: Tuteri Dal Rangihaeata on Poi E’s IMNZ Traditional Report award

2021-04-03 13:49:39

Patea Māori Membership’s iconic 1983 single ‘Poi E’ is lastly being acknowledged as an essential a part of our wealthy musical historical past because the recipient of the 2021 IMNZ Traditional Report.

Recorded and launched in late 1983, the one spent 22 weeks on the charts and 4 weeks at No 1, which was unprecedented for a music in te reo Māori. ‘Poi E’ was written by te reo advocate, linguist and composer Ngoi Pewhairangi with music by Dalvanius Prime.

The music was a method to encourage younger Māori to be pleased with being Māori. Dalvanius’ nephew Tuteri Dal Rangihaeata talked with Music 101’s Charlotte Ryan concerning the impression of the one, and shared some beforehand unknown particulars about Dalvanius.

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Tuteri stated his grandmother, who’s now 83, was a member of the Patea Māori Membership and her husband, Sam aka Haami Prime, was Dalvanius’ oldest brother.

Sam was the unique funder of the music though different Patea companies additionally contributed $100 donations – at Dalvanius’ behest.

“When it got here to recording time he went all by means of Patea group and he simply went into the outlets and he did not ask for it – he just about demanded it…”

Dalvanius might have drawn on different sources too as he had a large circle of relationships together with prime ministers, gang members, iwi members and whānau.

“He simply had his personal world happening…”

Dalvanius in his Sydney prime

Dalvanius Prime

Tuteri stated Dalvanius was captivated with his music and mortgaged his home in order that he and the membership may carry out for the Queen on the Edinburgh Competition in 1984 after she invited him to the UK.

He had an infinite drive to battle for the usage of te reo Māori, and realised the necessity for Māori radio stations.

‘Poi E’ is a “stunning taonga that’s timeless”, Tuteri stated.

“I am certain everybody would agree it is a New Zealand music now, it isn’t a Patea Māori Membership music ….you might be wherever on this planet, and everybody pertains to it.

“…The important thing purpose was to distribute the language and that is what they achieved.”

The contributions of latest Māori artists similar to Maisey Rika and Moana and bands like Six60 “smashing te reo” of their albums was “subsequent degree”, he stated.

“We’re all the time grateful for the individuals who supported ‘Poi E’ and Uncle Dal to push a dream.”

If Dalvanius Prime was nonetheless alive, he can be preventing for extra to be finished to advance Māori music all over the world and inside this nation, Tuteri stated.

“He would not look ahead to 5 years for an additional award to return round, he’d be like: ‘proper, what’s subsequent?’

“That is simply the way in which he was and we want extra Dals in as we speak’s society and we simply have to help them to proceed rising our language and distributing it to the world as a result of it is a fantastic language.”

Tuteri was about 7 years previous and residing in Dannevirke on the time the video clip for the music was filmed. Many members of the Patea Māori Membership had been like his household and had left the city to seek out work after the freezing works shut down, he stated.

The membership nonetheless has premises within the city, nevertheless, and so they have been restored lately. There’ll all the time be “some random native” readily available to debate its historical past and the way a lot the music has meant to the realm, he stated.  

Dalvanius Prime died in 2002 on the age of 54.

Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer singing with the Pātea Māori Club.

Māori Social gathering co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer singing with the Pātea Māori Membership.
Photograph: RNZ / Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

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