In 2003 Toi Māori Aotearoa engaged Charlotte Yates to produce an album and stage performance celebrating the verse of poet Hone Tuwhare. Yates co-opted various musicians (including Dallas Tamaira from Fat Freddy's Drop, and the late Graham Brazier) to transform Tuwhare's poetry into lyrics, using a range of music from rock to dub. This short film by Lala Rolls was commissioned for the album launch; the material was also used in the live show. We see Tuwhare at home at Kaka Point and reciting his poetry against the songs, and glimpse his warmth, humour and literary verve.
Island Productions Aotearoa
Funded by Toi Maori
(Thanks to Park Road Post)
'Rain' composed by Hone Tuwhare and Don McGlashan
'F'riend' composed by Hone Tuwhare and Graham Brazier
'Where Shall I Wander' composed by Hone Tuwhare and Hinemoana Baker
'We Who Live in Darkness' composed by Hone Tuwhare and Dallas Tamaira