- Audio CD (May 2 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Polygram
- ASIN: B00001ZU8V
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
|1. The Trumpet|
|4. Goddess Of Music|
|8. The Moth|
|10. Warrior (Beatmasters 7in Mix)|
|11. Union (Beatmasters 7in Mix)|
Secondly, - like the majority of listeners' - I too recommend this great album to admirers'/listeners' of "world music", in this case - the Maori realm. For all listeners' overseas - who are "thirsty" for more Maori songs........ I recommend the following (These artists' are not listed or found under the "Amazon" website!): -
1) Whirimako Black (Female Artist) - Who rivals Hinewehi Mohi (Oceania) for not only pronouncing the Maori words well (Not the case with oprah singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa), - but has a powerful voice to back it up! Though there is no where near the sound effects and orchestral background (as provided in Oceania) - in Whirimako's 2 albums, the lyrics and themes - are both contemporary and similar!
Her albums (CD) are : 1/ Houhou te rongo - Cultivate peace
2/ Hinepukohurangi - Shrouded in the mist
2) Patea Maori Club (Group) - Though no longer around, it was this group - not Oceania that "pioneered" Maori music overseas in the "80's"! The music is also contemporary and does not have the "sound effect luxury" Oceania has. To compensate for this - the music has a "feel-good" tone to it!
The album (CD) is - "Poi E" (My favourite song - track seven: "Ngoingoi")
I do hope you enjoy the above "E noho ra" (Bye for now)
Throughout Oceania, I feel an immeasurable consciousness of reverence and respect that compels me to stop what I am doing and dance with joy and at other times just sit still or lie down and soak it into my soul.
As far as balance and flow goes, which are extremely important musical components to me; Oceania, in my opinion, achieves perfection. It is immensely pleasurable to listen to and is in the ideal track order to enjoy. There are a few fast songs full of chants and hypnotic beats such as the dominant "Kotahitanga (Union)" and the Beastmaster 7" Mixes, as well as lovely, slower songs (which are a welcome break in my dance) such as the stunning, shimmering and enchanting "Hineraukatauri (Goddess of Music)" which is one of my favorite songs. Ah, but the heart and center of Oceania, for me, lies in "Haera Ra (Farewell.)" It does not sound like a farewell at all but a new beginning. If the cliche "This is the first day of the rest of your life" had a tune, "Haera Ra" would be it for me. The exquisite violin opening of the song, full of longing and a bit of melancholy followed with pure, true vocals and then returning again in the middle makes my heart explode with longing and hope. This is my favorite song on the cd. But each song is a treasure and reminds me of the "Hautoa (Warrior)" in myself.
Oceania is an experience for open-minded, off-the-beaten path music lovers around the world. Highly and whole-heartedly recommended! Find your inner peace, Oceania will aid you, and...