10 May 2010

Hirini Melbourne, Part 2 - The Natural World

From the collecton Hirini Melbourne
Hirini Melbourne

Hirini Melbourne Photo: University of Waikato

 

Dr Hirini Melbourne of Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu was a significant leader in the revival of Māori culture through his waiata and use of taonga pūoro.

The natural world [Te Wao Nui a Tane] was a huge source of inspiration for Hirini Melbourne’s music.  He used his voice, guitar and later, taonga püoro, to convey the sounds of animals and the natural world.

In taking his own unique approach to composing, Hirini Melbourne was drawing on Maori history and traditions, based on his learning from elders such as the Tuhoe kaumatua Tawhao Tioke and as a University academic.  This knowledge was translated into his waiata, capturing the nature of animals and phenomena like rainfall and relating them to human behaviour.  In this way Hirini was able to convey ideas about how people can be in balance with nature.  Such a process reflected a profound spiritual journey.

Music Details:

MELBOURNE      Te Rere a Tīrairaka, from Te Wao Nui a Tāne – Huia CD 001

MELBOURNE      Te Kōkako – Sound Archives/ Ngā Taonga Korero

MELBOURNE      Ruru – Sound Archives/ Ngā Taonga Korero

MELBOURNE      Pūrerehua – Sound Archives/ Ngā Taonga Korero

MELBOURNE      Hinemoana, from Te Kuraroa - Kia Ata Mai CD 001

MELBOURNE      Titiwai, from Te Aitanga a Tāne - Replay Radio RR118

MELBOURNE      Pūngāwerewere, from Te Aitanga a Tāne - Replay Radio RR118

MELBOURNE      Kōwenewene, from Te Wao Nui a Tāne - Huia CD 001

MELBOURNE      Rimu, from Te Wao Nui a Tāne - Huia CD 001 

MELBOURNE      Kupe, from Forest and Ocean - Viking Sevenseas VPS 496

MELBOURNE      Roimata toroa, from Forest and Ocean - Viking Sevenseas VPS 496

MELBOURNE      Toiapiapi, from Toiapiapi - Titi Tangiao TT 001

MELBOURNE      Toiapiapi, from Toiapiapi - Titi Tangiao TT 001

MELBOURNE      Rongomai, from Toiapiapi - Titi Tangiao TT 001

MELBOURNE      Rongomai – Sound Archives/ Ngā Taonga Korero

MELBOURNE      Ngā Tamariki o te Kohu, from Te Wao Nui a Tāne - Huia CD 001

MELBOURNE      Tūī, from Te Wao Nui a Tāne - Huia CD 001

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