22 Jul 2000

Dalvanius Prime on Musical Chairs

From Musical Chairs, 1:30 pm on 22 July 2000
Dalvanius Prime

Dalvanius Prime Photo: Murray Cammick.

Dalvanius Maui Prime was a New Zealand music phenomenon. After emerging from Taranaki with his sisters as Dalvanius and the Fascinations in the early 70s, he was rarely out of the limelight. He was a soul singing star in Australia and Asia, producer of Prince Tui Teka, creator of 'Maoris on 45' and the Patea Maori Club's 'Poi E' sensation which evolved into a musical, and the story of the song is now a film.

At times he seemed to be the hardest working man in New Zealand show-business, a performer, composer, impresario, strategist, politician, teacher and entrepreneur all wrapped in to one. Dalvanius died in October 2002.

In this programme from 2000, Dalvanius Maui Prime tells Chris Bourke - and sings - about his life in music.

The programme was produced by Chris Bourke, with the technical assistance of the late Ian Gordon.

Related stories

  • Dalvanius Prime - AudioCulture
  • Tearepa Kahi: the story behind Poi E
  • Poi E the movie being shot
  • Patea Maori Club still going strong
  • Are We There Yet? - Patea Maori Club
  • more about Dalvanius on the AudioCulture website
  •  
    Music Details

    E Pa To Hau (trad) Patea Maori Club POI E album (Maui LP 14)
    Hei Konei Ra (Maui Prime/Ngoi Pewhairangi)  Patea Maori Club POI E album (Maui LP 14)
    Only You (B Ram) The Platters (Second Rock & Roll Collection, EMI Axis 913)
    Up On the Roof (Goffin/King) The Drifters (Second Rock & Roll Collection, EMI Axis 912)
    Hoki Mai (trad) Howard Morrison ‘40 Years in Show Business’ BMG
    Don’t Let It Get (   ) You Howard Morrison, ‘40 Years in Show Business’ BMG)
    Kamate Aue (trad) Howard Morrison ‘40 Years in Show Business’ BMG
    Checkmate on Love (Dalvanius Maui Prime - Ephraim) Dalvanius & Fascinations, Interfusion single K6912
    Respect Yourself (Luther Ingram - Essex) Dalvanius & Fascinations, Reprise single RPA 14016
    Sweet Love (R Geyer, M Punch, B Sullivan, M Logan, G Tell; Mushroom Music) Renee Geyer, ‘Best of’) Mushroom 33083.2
    Voodoo Lady (Dalvanius Maui Prime - Ephraim) Dalvanius & Fascinations, Interfusion single K6912
    E Pa To Hau (trad) Patea Maori Club POI E album (Maui LP 14)
    Poi E (Maui Prime/Ngoi Pewhairangi)  Patea Maori Club POI E album (Maui LP 14)
    Maoris on 45 (trad) the Consorts
    E Ipo (Rangi/Missy - Control) Prince Tui Teka (off Kiwi Gold Disc 4)
    Hei Konei Ra (Maui Prime/Ngoi Pewhairangi)  Patea Maori Club POI E album (Maui LP 14)
    E Papa Waiari (Traditional)
    Kua Makona (Dalvanius Maui Prime) private recording

    Get the new RNZ app

    for easy access to all your favourite programmes