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What is the song Poi E about?

By: Dan FarrarUpdated: February 15, 2021

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Written by linguist Ngoi Pewhairangi with music by Dalvanius Prime, the song was a way to encourage young Māori to be proud of being Māori – in a format that young people were comfortable with. The two got together in 1982 and wrote 'Poi E' and two other songs in a single day.

Accordingly, where was Poi E filmed?

New Zealand

Why was Poi E composed?

Background. The song was written by Māori linguist Ngoi Pēwhairangi; the music was scored by Dalvanius Prime. Pewhairangi's intent in writing the song in such a way was to promote Māori ethnic pride among young Māori people in a popular format. "Poi E" is the only New Zealand song to chart over three decades.

What is Poi Maori?

In the Māori language, poi can mean the physical objects used by the dancers, the choreography itself, or the accompanying music. In Māori culture, poi performance is usually practiced by women.

When did POI start?

The art of spinning poi originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. It is not known when poi dancing was created by the Maori, but it pre-dates their first contact with Europeans in the early 1800s and likely goes back to as far as 1500 A.D..

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Who sang poi?

Patea Maori Club