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Opinions - Music to drink your Kava-kava to

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  1. Potter

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    Tongan Love Song

    All Things Considered, March 27, 2003 · More than 20 years ago, recording engineer David Fanshawe set out on an adventure -- to record the music of the South Pacific.

    He traveled the South Pacific islands with a rucksack, 200 rolls of tape, 35mm film and a stereo tape recorder.

    One of his first stops was a drinking club in the island nation of Tonga. The drink of choice was kava, prepared from the root of a shrub called the pepper plant.

    On that night in 1978, Fanshawe recorded a traditional love song called "Faikava,"sung by the villagers of Holonga on the island of Vava'U in the Tongan archipelago.

    "You can hear Kava being poured by a girl garlanded with sweet smelling white flowers," Fanshawe says.

    Below, a translation of "Faikava":

    The dear lily flower is staying behind, but we would be weeping remembering the appearance.

    You can please yourself and a select a sweetheart -- or somebody who would be your equal, and who might have known you better.

    My dear Maile (leaves), I wish that you could read my mind as this romance will drive me crazy.

    Alas, poor me. Alas.

    I don't know. How could I be? How could I be?

    Fanshawe's recordings, called South Pacific: Island Music, are available on the Nonesuch Explorer Series.
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