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Come Away With Me, 9:21 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Haka Although the use of a Haka by the All Blacks has made one type of haka familiar, it has led to misconceptions. Haka are not exclusively war dances, nor are they only performed by men. Some are performed by women, others by mixed groups, and some simple Haka are performed by children. Haka are performed for various reasons: for amusement, as a hearty welcome to distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements or occasions (McLean 1996:46-47). War haka (peruperu) were originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Today, Haka constitute an integral part of formal or official welcome ceremonies for distinguished visitors or foreign dignitaries, serving to impart a sense of the importance of the occasion.
Various actions are employed in the course of a performance, including facial contortions such as showing the whites of the eyes and the poking out of the tongue, and a wide variety of vigorous body actions such as slapping the hands against the body and stamping of the feet. As well as chanted words, a variety of cries and grunts are used. Haka may be understood as a kind of symphony in which the different parts of the body represent many instruments. The hands, arms, legs, feet, voice, eyes, tongue and the body as a whole combine to express courage, annoyance, joy or other feelings relevant to the purpose of the occasion.
The All Blacks used to perform Ka Mate and now since 2006 against Ireland they used Kapa o Pongo as well. I think HAKA dance is awesome specially for War Cry for camps. Its very motivational and hyper and not to mention really loud and pretty cool if and if you can pull it off. :)
Ka Mate Ka mate, ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! Ka mate! ka mate! ka ora! ka ora! Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru Nāna nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā Ā, upane! ka upane! Ā, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!
*translation* ’Tis death! ‘tis death! (or: I may die) ’Tis life! ‘tis life! (or: I may live) ’Tis death! ‘tis death! ’Tis life! ‘tis life! This the hairy man that stands here... …who brought the sun and caused it to shine A step upward, another step upward! A step upward, another... the Sun shines!
Kapa o Pongo Kapa o Pango kia whakawhenua au i ahau! All Blacks, let me become one with the land Hī aue, hī! Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei! This is our land that rumbles Au, au, aue hā! It’s my time! It’s my moment! Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei! This defines us as the All Blacks Au, au, aue hā! It’s my time! It’s my moment! I āhahā! Ka tū te ihiihi Our dominance Ka tū te wanawana Our supremacy will triumph Ki runga ki te rangi e tū iho nei, tū iho nei, hī! And be placed on high Ponga rā! Silver fern! Kapa o Pango, aue hī! All Blacks! Ponga rā! Silver fern! Kapa o Pango, aue hī, hā! All Blacks!
Taringa whakarongo! Let your ears listen Kia rite! Kia rite! Kia mau! Hī! Get ready...! Line up...! Steady...! Yeah! Kia whakawhenua au i ahau! Let me become one with the land Hī aue, hī! Ko Aotearoa e ngunguru nei! New Zealand is rumbling here Ko Kapa o Pango e ngunguru nei! The Team in Black is rumbling here Au, au, aue hā! I āhahā! Ka tū te Ihiihi Stand up to the fear Ka tū te Wanawana Stand up to the terror Ki runga ki te rangi, To the sky above! E tū iho nei, tū iho nei, hī! Fight up there, high up there. Yeah! Ponga rā! The shadows fall! Kapa o Pango, aue hī! Team in Black, yeah! Ponga rā! Darkness falls! Kapa o Pango, aue hī, hā! Team in Black, Yeah, Ha!