Kanikani - dance… a celebration song about lovers, ahi (fire) and gatherings, now and throughout history. Humanity loves gathering around the element of fire, under the stars, sharing songs and stories, and this is the essence of this waiata.
‘Kanikani’ is a fun tune and the music video follows a wāhine recalling her encounter of last night and still dancing on the beach at dawn. With a tropical feel, a little Pacific vibe and all in te reo Māori, ‘Kanikani’ is an easy intro into te reo Māori for learners and for anyone who loves a good kanikani.
While reading a plethora of historical text about indigenous culture, Huia explored a familiar tradition amongst most indigenous cultures, that is the element of dance, bonfire and celebration. This got her thinking about events that happen at these gatherings, new lovers, one-off secret exchanges and the mornings after with silhouettes disappearing into the morning mist… this experience is still relevant today.
With the support of Te Māngai Pāho, this track and video will be out with all the kupu are guided by Lois McIver (Whāia Music). This waiata ‘Kanikani’ was written with another track called ‘Makereti’, another te reo Māori track, both tunes are out now.