Poi E

As irresistible as the song it celebrates, Tearepa Kahis documentary explores the many tributaries that flowed into the mash-up of pop music, traditional waiata and bop that first took New Zealand by storm in 1984. Dalvanius Prime, the man who made it happen, enjoyed an international R&B career in the 70s. He returned from Sydney to Taranaki to nurse his dying mother and stayed to embrace his culture and Te Reo Mori. Collaboration with singer Prince Tui Teka led him to Mori language composer Ngoingoi Pwhairangi. Together they composed Poi E: in this film you will hear the first ever recording, made soon after. Adding embellishments that did not please his co-composer but impressed her mokopuna, he persuaded his Taranaki whnau, the Patea Mori Club, to perform it. A man on a mission, chihuahuas under each arm, he pulled together a diverse and talented bunch of collaborators to record the song and crowdfund a brilliant music video that, amongst other things, captured the vitality and pride of his hometown facing hard times. The film, told largely in Dalvanius own words, is brimful of music and frank and funny testimony from numerous participants in the songs richly peopled history. Taking a lesson from the man himself, Kahi draws the next generation into the story, ably assisted by Taika Waititi, who provides Stan Walker, aged 25, with essential information about what life was like before Poi E. - NZIFF

Year: 2016
Genre: New Zealand Docos
Country: NZ
Duration: 94 Minutes
Rating: G
Location in store: New Zealand (Documentary)



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