Moana & The Tribe feat Inka Mbing: Tōku Reo
This week’s Local Eyes’ video is honouring the importance of all native languages, Moana & The Tribe ‘Tōku Reo’ features the stunning guest vocals of Inka Mbing, the singer from the Atayal tribe which is one of 16 indigenous tribes in Taiwan.
Inka defied the taboo on women not singing traditional songs and had been punished – likeMāori – for speaking their native language in school. Now she is celebrated for helping keep the language alive. Moana Maniapoto and producer Paddy Free visited Inka and started a conversation with her about the loss of language and its revitalisation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. They recorded the song Tōku Reo, based on the lyrics by Scotty Morrison, sung in Atayal and Māori, both of which belong to the Austronesian language family. Tōku Reo pays tribute to the language of both cultures and was released worldwide last Friday, September 18th, 2020.
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