WAIHIRERE SINGS MODERN MAORI
Kiwi Stereo / Mono SEA-171 7 inch 45 r.p.m. EP
Waihirere ranks as one of the premier Maori cultural groups in New Zealand with a well-deserved reputation which goes far beyond their home territory of Gisborne.
Maori music fans will therefore welcome the news of a new Waihirere record, despite the fact that this disc does not seek to add anything to the Maori cultural scene. This record is a rattling good collection of Pakeha pop tunes combined with Maori words, and a few ‘Hei Has’ and lines of haka thrown in for good measure. The singing is tuneful, the enthusiasm infectious and the whole record has real ‘zip’.
Side one features ‘Inch Worm’ (I think that is the title in English), ‘Do-re-mi’ (from ‘Sound of Music’), ‘Begin the Beguine’, and ‘Five Minutes More’. On the other side are ‘Never on Sunday’, ‘What now, my love’ and ‘The Wayward Wind’. All items are sung as action songs. A resume of the meaning of the Maori words is included on the reverse of the record cover.