Wednesday, 19 March 2008 8:43 AM

Te Vaka Takes the South Pacific to Macau

Well-known New Zealand group, Te Vaka, took the sounds of the region to Chinese-administered Macau.

As reported by the Macau Daily Times, Te Vaka performed on Saturday night in front of more than 250 people at the Fisherman's Wharf, bringing the sounds of the islands to a mixed crowd of Westerners and Chinese.

Te Vaka, who has been touring for 11 years, is a New Zealand-based band made up of members who are from around the region and is well-known around the world for its self-styled modern Polynesian sounds and especially popular in the region for its dynamic island beats.
The band has taken the sounds of the region to the US and also Europe, besides the region itself and in total has performed in over 30 countries. According to the report, last year, more than 10,000 sports fans watched the Paris show which was organised as part of the entertainment of the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup.

In describing the band's performance, the Macau Daily Times stated that 'the male members of the band, dressed in black sleeveless shirts, sarong-like Lava Lavas coloured with traditional prints, and women with short skirts, midriff tops or coconut bikinis, cut a contrasting figure surrounded by the archways and spray painted plaster of the tourists attraction's Roman Amphitheatre, built as a copy of the Colosseum'.

Having performed in Hong Kong prior, the band will move on to Taiwan for its two final shows of the Asia tour.