Films

Poi E: The Story of Our Song

Tearepa Kahi (Māori)
2016 | 92 mins
Country of Production: New Zealand
Countries and Culture Featured: New Zealand, Australia, Māori
NY Premiere

A chart-topping, best-selling single and the country's first-ever non-English hit? In 1984, that was "Poi E," a song performed by the Pātea Māori Club in New Zealand. Sung in the Indigenous Maori language and set to a lively, hip-hop infused beat, the song's cultural impact was immediate and long-lasting, setting in motion a resurgence of Maori music and a fusion of traditional song with Western pop. “Poi E” tells the story of this unlikely hit and its smooth-voiced, charismatic singer and producer, Dalvanius Prime.