Te Maeva Nui 2012: The Drummers

At the heart of the Te Maeva Nui spirit is the sound.

The sound of voices and singing… and the sound of drums.

So, in this week of friendly competition, the drums competed. in the National Auditorium, on Saturday Morning.

Danny Mataroa did his usual, excellent, professional hosting job.

Danny Mataroa

Manihiki were kind enough to give expert demonstration, as the guest drummers…

Manihiki

 

Manihiki

 

There were four contestants…

Vaka Puaikura, from the Island of Rarotonga

Vaka Puaikura

The Island of Mangaia

Mangaia

The Island of Mitiaro… who seemed to havd brought half the island with them…

Mitiaro

…and the Island of Rakahanga, in the Northern Group of The Cook Islands.

Rakahanga

They all played twice or more in turn… and they all played beautifully.

Mitiaro got down, in a hurry…

Mitiaro

Mitiaro

and then, they got UP!

Mitiaro

In an amazing display of rhythm, dexterity… and reach.

Mangaia was totally focused, raw, and passionate…

Mangaia

Mangaia

Mangaia

Puaikura was rhythmically complex, and tuned like a Swiss watch.

Puaikura

Puaikura

Puaikura

And Rakahanga might have arrived a little late [hey... they came a long way!], but they lost no beats… not one.

Rakahanga

Rakahanga

Rakahanga

And everybody had a good time…

Rakahanga FANS...

So… who won?

We’ll post as soon as we get the official results, but the simple, pure fact is that everybody won… especially all us lovers of Cook Islands drumming.

 

[These photos are the property of the Ministry of Cultural Development and Victor Bond, and all rights are reserved. Sincere thanks to the Ministry for organising these great events, and providing access to us to take these photos.]