Traditional Songs of the Maori (New edition)
Mervyn McLean and Margaret Orbell
Traditional Songs of the Maori is the classic collection of Māori waiata. These songs in many different styles embody the fundamental values of traditional Māori culture and form a vital part of marae ceremonial. Most common song types are represented: laments, love songs, war chants, songs of welcome, face-saving songs and witty occasional songs. They are remarkable for the sophistication of the music and the power and subtlety of the words.
What makes this edition particularly useful is the inclusion of two compact discs with a recorded version of the songs collected during field research. – Henry Johnson, Otago Daily Times