The ukulele is an inseparable part of the daily life of the inhabitants of Polynesia. The fact is that almost all Tahitian homes have this musical instrument, in addition to knowing how to play it. Being part of the very culture of the country, the ukulele makes all the charm of this small island of France. Very attached to the value of their culture, the Polynesians did not hesitate to show the world what they are capable of doing with only a ukulele in their hands. In this article, discover the most famous Tahitian ukulele songs.
Pahoho by Te Ava Piti
Te Ava Piti is a quartet group that made its debut in the 1990s, in Ile de France. The success of their interpretations makes more especially that this group does not cease talking about him everywhere in Polynesia. The proof, this track Pahoho taken from their first album released in 1992 is still very listened to today. This is a piece written and composed by active members of the group. And it must be said that it is this title that made the group Te Ava Piti popular throughout the Pacific. Note that Te Ava Piti is considered to be one of the most popular Polynesian bands of their generation. Both the music, the lyrics and the original touch of Te Ava Piti's Vehia Paraue technique have earned the eight-string ukulele its reputation as the instrument par excellence of Polynesian music. To say that thanks to this group, the ukulele has become a flagship instrument much appreciated by musicians today.
Tehere by Sabrina Laughlin
Born in Tahiti, to both Polynesian parents, Sabrina Laughlin is a star of Tahitian ukulele music. The song called Tehere is what looks like a foretaste of his future album “To'u Fenua”. Original composition by Anthony Tirao and Reva "Kito", Tehere is a piece that introduces us to a legend well known to the ancients of Polynesia. Its melody, although traditional, incorporates some modern notes by means of the guitars in accompaniment of the ukulele and incorporates a solo. Basically, this is a title that clearly initiates travel.
Hoe Ana from His Tahitians or The Tahitians
Hoe Ana, the song of the Pacific boatmen on the ukulele is one of the great classics of Polynesian music. This famous traditional song is played from Tahiti to the Cook Islands. It is more particularly a song from 1958 from the 45 rpm disc Hoe Ana by Eddie Lund. The latter being a musician pianist of American origin born in 1909 has continued to increase the popularity of his group that is "His Tahitians or The Tahitians". A group that he notably founded after a two-year return to the USA, a country he left to settle permanently in Tahiti. The song Hoe Ana by The Tahitians then became very popular, well beyond the borders of French Polynesia and as far as New York in the 1960s.