Click to enlargeMaori Action Songs

Written by Reupena Ngata & Alan Armstrong

The action song is a modern addition to Maori performing arts, pioneered in the early twentieth century by Sir Apirana Ngata.

Almost a century after its first appearance, the waiata kori ( action song) is flourishing among kapa haka groups throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand children learn Maori action songs at school, including the use of the poi and the actions of the Haka.  And if you wish to learn how to perform Maori action songs, whether for yourself or to pass on to others, this is the book for you.

The actions are shown in words, stick figures and illustrations.  There is information on how to perform the beginning and ending of an action song, even how to arrange a concert.  There are notes for teachers and learners, and some basic information on Maori pronunciation.

The rest of the book is taken up by the words, notes and actions of the action songs, of which there are more than twenty to learn.  The Maori words are also translated into English.  As if that wasn't enough, there are also the words to some Maori chants and hymns.

This book provides you with a great opportunity to correctly learn the way to perform Maori action songs, and perhaps perform them for others one day.

Softcover: 136 pages.

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