Pate pate

Te Vaka | 19 comments

Here’s one to get everyone on the dance floor. Such a fun and happy track from our Tokelauan cousins, Te Vaka.

Tu la ki luga ke fai malama
taimi tenei e fai na hiva
tu la ki luga ke fai malama
lue lue malie ke fai na hiva

aue aue tama mimita
aue aue teine mimita
aue aue hihiva mimita
kikila mai la fakaaliali atu

E a mai tau faiva e a mai
taku ika e fofou ai au
e a mai tau faiva e a mai

Hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve
hihiva malie ki te pate pate

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19 Comments

  1. Bronwen

    its toke not samoan

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  2. matalaoa

    i totally agree with bronwen , its a Tokelauen song , not Samoan. but its really great though.

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  3. panapa

    this is the meanest song to shake 2

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  4. panapa

    dis song is da bomb cuz my pacifika group danced 2 it at assembly .And on youtube dea r dease mean as gurls who can shake YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH.

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  5. mz islander

    hey hey hey
    this song is da best…
    we use to dance to this song back in the islands too.
    and yeah
    i have the meanest crush on one of the hottest guy in this group hahahahahahahahaha……….
    yeah i love all of their songs…

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  6. mz islander

    i also do aerobics to this song..
    and alot of my clients likes this music…
    espeacially the islanders….

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  7. ariel anne

    i like this version, we always use this when we have family reunion then i told my bradaz n sistahs that we have to use this tevaka song… its fast n yeah… i like the beat….. to shake u know……

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  8. Shalina

    Um…what do the lyrics actually mean (translated into english)? Can someone help me with this?

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    • hamogeekgirl

      Hi Shalina

      This song is actually in the Tokelauan language, which is really similar to Samoan, but not exactly the same. I hope a Tokelauan speaker stops by soon with a proper translation for you, but I CAN tell you a little bit of what this song is about, just based on the words that are shared between our languages.

      So the first verse tells you to stand up and do a dance… but the words used are happy, cheerful, encouraging words, like it’s a party.

      The second verse describes the way you should dance… it says ‘aue’, an interjection used often in a celebratory way, then ‘tama’ means guy and ‘teine’ means girl… and in the Samoan language, ‘mimita’ means proud, as in showing-off, strutting around kinda ‘proud’. I’m assuming the meaning is pretty similar in Tokelauan.

      The next verse, okay, this one I’m not so sure about. I do know the word ‘faiva’ in Samoan means something like ‘work’ … as in the effort somebody makes to do something good. And .. that’s all I got for that verse, sorry lol.

      But the last bit of the song, it just looks like.. ‘dance up and dance down, dance with a lot of joy to the pate-pate’.

      Oh, and ‘pate’ is what we call those island drums. So basically, this song is all about dancing and partying to the island drums.

      I welcome any corrections to my translation 🙂

  9. cuttiebooty

    lol,
    i love dis song, me n my two older brothers did a dance to dis song, mad it was like racing up the sky n see whose the moon first lmao,
    amazing, even tho we didnt know wat those words mean but we did a faakaupaki dance to this song, (as u all know faakaupaki is only for boizz) but i wanted to dance to, …

    i love dis song ,,, almost forgot its my ringtone to lol..

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  10. Kelvie

    Hey about Pate Pate…..

    Courting fun between groups of young men and women. Much of the message is expressed in the dances, which are vibrant and provocative. This is an accepted way in which to communicate with the one they love. The boldness, the teasing, the confidence is openly expressed for all to see, spurred on and driven by the power of the log drums.

    4/ PATE PATE (log drums) by Opetaia Foa’i

    Courting fun between groups of young men and women. Much of the message is expressed in the dances, which are vibrant and provocative. This is an accepted way in which to communicate with the one they love. The boldness, the teasing, the confidence is openly expressed for all to see, spurred on and driven by the power of the log drums.

    So here it is………

    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    get up stand up let your feelings be known
    taimi tenei e fai na hiva
    the time has come to perform the dance
    tu la ki luga ke fai malama
    get up stand up let your intentions be known
    lue lue malie te gali o na hiva
    swaying ever so sweetly the message in the dance

    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    tama mimita   the boys are very bold
    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    teine mimita   the girls are very bold
    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    hihiva mimita   the dancers are very bold
    aue aue  Oh! Oh!
    kikila mai la fakaakiali atu   Watch me now, it’s my turn to show

    e a mai tau faiva e a mai
    “How is the fishing with you, how is it?” (Girl)
    taku ika e fofou ai au
    “The fish that I truly long for” (Boy)
    e a mai tau faiva e a mai
    “How is the fishing with you, how is it? (Girl)

    hihiva ki luga hihiva mai ve 
    dance on up, dance just like that
    hihiva malie ki te pate pate
    dancing ever so sweetly to the Pate Pate (logdrum)

    ki luga hiva ki lalo   dance on up, dance on down
    hiva malie ki te pate pate
    Dancing ever so sweetly to the rhythms of the log drum

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    • Der Pate

      The Pate has many meanings, even outside of it’s meaning here. In German it means The Godfather, in English it means your head,crown and brain…There is other variations of the name used beyond these such as (many forms) in French, but I won’t fill this comment with them.

  11. cuttiebooty

    wow kelvie,thats amazing, actually reading it n understanding it, the group who sang this song is so amazing too, now i actually understand wat this song really mean in life

    shooottttttttt KELVIE

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  12. cuttiebooty

    wow, this is amazing, now i know wat this song mean, shottie kelvie 🙂

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  13. Mikala

    WOW MAHALO Kelvie! This make that song even more fun to hear it! Kind greets from Arizona island kine!

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  14. Shiku Ji

    What is the tokelauan word “Lue” means in English?

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    • Tagivale Tamoa-Reupena

      it means the same as Hula in Hawaiian. So… to sway your hips.

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