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.
Manihiki were kind enough to give expert demonstration, as the guest drummers…
There were four contestants…
Vaka Puaikura, from the Island of Rarotonga
The Island of Mangaia
The Island of Mitiaro… who seemed to havd brought half the island with them…
…and the Island of Rakahanga, in the Northern Group of The Cook Islands.
They all played twice or more in turn… and they all played beautifully.
Mitiaro got down, in a hurry…
and then, they got UP!
In an amazing display of rhythm, dexterity… and reach.
Mangaia was totally focused, raw, and passionate…
Puaikura was rhythmically complex, and tuned like a Swiss watch.
And Rakahanga might have arrived a little late [hey... they came a long way!], but they lost no beats… not one.
And everybody had a good time…
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.