Blue Smoke

August 15, 2019

The people who introduced New Zealand to Blue Smoke are to be inducted into the Music Hall of Frame:

The singer, guitarist and song-writer who kickstarted New Zealand’s music industry with the release of the country’s first hit song Blue Smoke are to be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

This morning it was announced Pixie Williams, Ruru Karaitiana and Jim Carter will be honoured at this year’s Australasian Performing Rights Association’s Silver Scroll awards on 2 October.

The 1949 hit is recognised as the first record to be produced locally – from recording to pressing.

It sold 50,000 copies in two years, was covered by a string of big-name international musicians, and started the recording era here with a bang. . . 

 


Blue Smoke

June 27, 2019

New Zealand’s first-ever pop song, Blue Smoke, is being remembered 70 years on since its creation.

Blue Smoke was the mastermind of Dannevirke man Ruru Karaitiana in May 1940, before Pixie Williams’ rendition was released in June 1949 and became an instant hit. . . 


NZ Soldier Song

April 25, 2019

For The Fallen

April 25, 2019


Te Aroha

March 23, 2019

 

Te Aroha              – Love
Te whakapono      – Hope/Faith/
Te rangimarie       – Peace
Tatou tatou e        – Be amongst us all! 

You’ll Never Walk Alone

March 22, 2019

When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm, there’s a golden sky
And the sweet, silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your hearts
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your hearts
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone


Hine E Hine

March 21, 2019

E tangi ana koe
Hine e hine
E ngenge ana koe
Hine e hine
Kati tö pouri rä
Noho i te aroha
Te ngäkau o te Matua
Hine e hine

You are weeping
Little girl, darling girl
you are weary
Little girl, darling girl
Be sad no longer
There is love for you
in the heart of the Father
Little girl, darling girl

E tangi ana Koe 
Hine, E Hine! 
Kua ngenge ana koe 
Hine, E Hine! 
Kati to pouri ra 
Noho I te Aroha 
Te ngakau o te Matua 
Hine, E Hine! 

E Hari to moe moea 
Hine, E Hine! 
Marama ahua 
Hine, E Hine! 
I roto I to moenga 
Mehemea he Marama 
Ka tae mai te Reinga 
Hine, E Hine!

[English translation:]

Plaintive all through the night - 
Hine, E Hine! 
Weeping till morning light - 
Hine, E Hine! 
From my care why try to leap 
There is love for you 
Mother's arms their strength will keep 
Hine, E Hine! 
See where there comes the morn 
Hine, E Hine! 
Long rays of early dawn 
Hine, E Hine! 
Shining to Reinga far 
Where thy noble grandsires are 
Nestle Aroha! 
Hine, E Hine!

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