Maori take on Gangnam Style
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:42a.m.
Rotorua’s Te Arawa Maori Group has taken on South Korea at its own game.
Performing in Seoul’s Myeong-dong district in October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and South Korea, the kapa haka troupe performed their own version of the wildly popular ‘Gangnam Style’ by South Korean popstar Psy.
The song has made Psy a global superstar and recently became the most-watched YouTube video of all time.
Video of the kapa haka group’s performance was posted both on the New Zealand Embassy’s Korean Facebook page and YouTube.
The group's renditions of Korean love song Arirang (아리랑) and Maori song Pokarekare-ana were reportedly well-received by the crowd. Koreans know Pokarekare-anaas 연가. The song was taught by Maori soldiers to the Korean people during the Korean War.
“The reaction of the Korean audience to one of our top kapa haka groups was stunning. What a great opportunity for Korea to experience Maori culture in the middle of Seoul’s busiest street shopping district”, said New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata after the event on October 23.
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19/03/2013 12:04:22 a.m.
now I want to see the Haka Harlem Shake!
1/12/2012 6:01:41 p.m.
Well done guys!
30/11/2012 2:39:46 p.m.
These maori culture performers are so versatile and a credit to their country!
30/11/2012 12:02:24 p.m.
And i thought the flash mob haka was the most disrespectful and embarrassing thing to be done to the Maori culture and the whole of New Zealand. I can't even bring myself to click the play icon i'm that ashamed at what shown on the still shots, have some dignity for God's sake. Please please please! don't show this on the 6 o'clock news.
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