Te Kaitiaki

by Kirsten Te Rito

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RELEASE 1st May 2020

Te Kaitiaki is the latest musical offering from NZ artist Kirsten Te Rito.

Featuring five tracks sung exclusively in Te reo Māori, Te Kaitiaki is infused with electronic beats, atmospheric synths and catchy hooks.

In the title track Te Kaitiaki , Kirsten paints the story of a surreal encounter on a beach on new years day. After whispering a waiata (song) and karakia (prayer) for the coming year to Tangaroa - the god of the ocean - a formidable black seal appears and stands in the crashing waves before her leaving her awestruck. The animated story is paired with with modulating synths and pulsing bass lines, helping to convey the excitement of the encounter with the seal, and ultimately Tangaroa.

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released May 1, 2020

Produced by James Illingworth and Kirsten Te Rito

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Kirsten Te Rito New Zealand

Kirsten Te Rito is a vocalist, songwriter and producer from Wellington, New Zealand.

Earthy beats, lush soundscapes and Kirsten's hypnotic melodies, take you on a sonic journey while showcasing the beautiful Māori language.

She has released two solo Māori language albums and her five track EP 'Te Kaitiaki' is due for release in April 2020.
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Track Name: Te Kaitiaki
TE KAITIAKI
Ka tū au i te ākau 
I te atatū o te tau hou
Karanga ai ki a Tangaroa 

Ka īnoi au, ka waiata au
Ka īnoi au, ka waiata au
Me kore ia e rongo mai

Puta ohorere mai - i te huka mā o te tai 
Ko Tangaroa e toro mai nei e - aue

Te Kaitiaki o te moana
Te Atua o te moana
Te Mana o te moana
Tangaroa e!

Te tinana o te kēkeno - pango nui - aue!
Ka hotu taku manawa

He tuatahi nōku ki te karanga ki te moana
Me te whai whakautu e!

Te Kaitiaki o te moana
Te Atua o te moana
Te Mana o te moana
Tangaroa e
Track Name: Nā Wai Te Wai I Takoha Mai?
NĀ WAI TE WAI I TAKOHA MAI
Nā wai te wai i takoha mai 
I te ao nei? 
Nā Ranginui rāua ko Papatūānuku 
I tō rāua wehenga e Tāne-toko-rangi 
Māringiringi ai te wai i ngā kamo  
I te mamaetanga nui  
Au e taukuri e 

Hikohiko te uira 
Ka kanapa ki te rangi 
Papā te whatitiri 
Ka haruru ngā rangi 
Ngarue whenua 
Whakapuke moana e 

Nā wai te wai i tohatoha 
I te ao nei? 
Nā te atua huarere – nā Tawhirimātea 
I tāna karawhiunga i ā Tāne, Tangaroa  
Tūmatauenga, Haumia, Rongo  
Mō te wehenga o ngā mātua 
Au e taukuri e 

Rere te hukarere 
Maomao mai te ua  
Rewa ake te kohu 
Tau mai te haukū 
Waipuke te whenua whānui e 

Nō wai te wai i ruia mai nei 
Ki Aotearoa? 
Nō te iwi taketake e ngunguru ake nei 
Mō tauiwi whakaparapara wai 
Mō rāwaho whakamimiti puna 
Kia noho kore wai tātau 
Au e taukuri e 
Track Name: Mā Wai Rā E Whakarongo?
MĀ WAI RĀ E WHAKARONGO
Hurihuri haere te ao nei 
Ka rongo au i te ua
Me te tataunga o te pūtea
Ka noho pēnei tonu au – ā roro nei
 
He miere kei ngā ara
Me tūpono au te kai
Mamae ana te whātoro ake
He pai te mamae – he wairangi nōku – e mea nei rātau
 
He tamariki wāku
He whānau tōku 

Hurihuri haere te ao nei 
Ka rongo au i te ua
Me te tataunga o te pūtea
Ka noho pēnei tonu au

Mātau ana te hunga ō waho nei ki taku wehi
Kua waia nei au, ki ngā hoa ō waho nei
Tūtaki ai ki te kai, kāre mō te amu

Mā wai rā e whakarongo?

He tamariki wāku
He whānau tōku 
Track Name: Me Āta Tipu Noa
ME ĀTA TIPU NOA
Tamariki mā - āta mahi i te kura
Mātua mā – kaua rātau e whakarori-rori-tia
Whakarongo ki te kupu ā tō whāea
I pukumahi ai kia whai tuanui koe
 
Tamariki, tamariki, tamariki mā
Me āta tipu noa – u u u
Waiata kia koakoa– u u u
Me āta tipu noa – u u u
Waiata kia koakoa – u u u
 
Whiti
Kei konei ināianei, kua riro āpōpō
Mate ai ko rangatahi, mahue mai ko pōuri
Kōingo ana mō ngā wā i aro-kore koe
He wā hei mahi i tāu e pai ai
 
Kōrihi
Tamariki, tamariki, tamariki mā
Me āta tipu noa – u u u
Waiata kia koakoa– u u u
Me āta tipu noa – u u u
Waiata kia koakoa – u u u
Track Name: Whakaoreore
WHAKAOREORE
He aha ra te kaupapa o taku waiata? 
Māku rā e kī atu,

He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
 
He whakaoreore i ā koe 
He whakaoreore i te Māori
I te ao, i te pō, i ngā wā katoa 
Me oreore 
Kaua e ngoikore 
Whakaoreore i ā koe 

He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore

Whakaoreore i te tinana 
Whakatūtū i te mauri 
Whakaohooho i te wairua 
Whakakoikoi i te hinengaro 
Whakakakapa i te ngākau 
Whakaoreore i ā koe 

Ko te whakataukī ā rātau mā 
‘Mauri moe ka mate 
Mauri tū, mauri ora’ 
Nāreira te noho noa 
Te tākotokoto noa 
Maranga mai rā 
Matika mai rā 

He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
He whakaoreore
 
Kia oho 
Kia tū 
Kia matāra 
Kia oreore 
Kia oho 
Kia tū 
Kia matāra 
Kia oreore 
Kia oho 
Kia tū 
Kia matāra 
Kia oreore 

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