'Toitū Te Whenua' derives from an ancient Māori proverb - 'whatungarongaro he tangata toitū te whenua' (people come and go but the land remains) it is a wero (challenge) for us all to heed the warning signs of Papatuānuku (Mother Nature). The protection and preservation of our resources for the coming generations should be the utmost priority of man, he oranga whenua he oranga tangata (a healthy land equals a healthy people).
Toitū Te Whenua (He Kohikohinga Waiata Vol.1) is a collection of waiata (songs) gifted by Artists hailing from the four winds of Aotearoa (New Zealand). In beat with the heart and in harmony with the soul the waiata cross all genres, styles and boundaries - a unified voice in the language of Music. Each waiata stand on their own Mana but together send a powerful message of Unity, Hope, Aroha, Peace, Mana Whenua, Mana Mokopuna, Mana Motuhake and Tino Rangatiranga!
Toitū Te Whenua is for our people on the frontline at Ihumātao, it is for everyone rising up with our First Nation brothers and sisters all around the World for the rights of the land, of man and for the cultural sanctity of our most sacred spaces! He tāonga tuku iho nō ngā Tīpuna (they are the gifts handed down from our ancestors).
The world is watching the land is calling we are listening and this is our response!
All profits from this album benefit the on-going stand for Ihūmatao.
Nāku te rourou, nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.
With my knowledge and your knowledge the people will thrive.
released September 7, 2019
Artists/album curator: Maisey Rika, Ninakaye Taanetinorau
Label/Consultancy: First Nation Music (Aotearoa)
Album artwork: Regan Balzer
FNMusic logo artwork: Erena Koopu
- VOX Dawn, Rob Ruha, Earthfeather, Seth Haapu, Fable NZ & Babandii, Native Nations, Tama Waipara, Tiki Taane & Concord Dawn, Baitercell, Rei, JessB, Che Fu, Arapeta Whaanga, NRG Rising & Israel Starr, Huia, Mara TK & Troy Kingi, Ngā Tae, Maisey Rika
Special Thanks to:
Shae Sterling, Te Whenua Harawira, Lynell Tuffery Huria, Boss Dawg \m/
'AROHA ATU, AROHA MAI, AROHA NUI'