on October 23, 2002
I've been hanging around the Polynesian Dance community in the SF Bay Area for over 20+ years. I even danced with a Polynesian dance school and we participated in solo and group competition at the annual "Tahiti Fete" held in San Jose every year. I really love the culture and dance of the Tahitian people. So when I got married, my husband took me to Tahiti (of course!) and the Marquesas for our honeymoon. We boarded the freight ship, Aranui, to take us to the Marquesas and every night in the cocktail lounge, the ship's sailors and staff would gather their 8 string "uks" (ukuleles or mandolins, as some may call them) and jam all night long!
The music on this CD reflects what I heard and danced to while on the Aranui, and it reminds me of the wonderful people we met and the beautiful places we visited while enroute to the Marquesas. I swear, sometimes I could hear Coco, the bartender, yell out, "Aita peapea! (Don't worry!)", while listening to this CD!
When I became pregnant with our first son, we would bring him to dance practices so he could hear the drums and uks jamming. Like me, he loves the music!
Today, we have two young boys, I'm no longer dancing, the Tahiti Fete only comes but once a year and until my kids get old enough whereas we can take them to Tahiti and the Marquesas (via the freight ship), the music on this CD will quench my thirst for fun and lively Tahitian music! Tamure on!