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MOAI Project

by Enrique Plazaola

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MOAI 04:20
Verse He ́s got no ahu, he ́s got no place to be, doomed to stay at rano raraku. I ́d like to give him a pukao and the name of an ariki, for me he ́s worth it to be a Superstar of stone. The time has come to reveal his face, and show the world the person that I praise. Chorus Just put your hands on my MOAI do you feel the mana entering your heart? Just put your hands on my MOAI and believe me he will never break apart. Verse There were countless quite hard windy nights countless strikes on dark cold stone, my aching battered hands stroking his face at the end it was a reasonable price to pay. The time has come to reveal his face to show the world the person that I praise.
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Verse I I remember your voice whispering to me between your lips a cigarette all the names of Headmen, Heroes and their Sons that I can’t forget. Bridge How I wished to see your face in this uncommonly place, remembering the good old days. How i wished to dream those dreams to feel you near me by those means that´s why I go to extremes Chorus Tell me again these old stories when Hotu Matuá reached the island on a boat Tell me again about those glorious fighters who tried to get this egg Tell me again…. Verse II I´ve been waiting so long to hear something from you now the night has come, I remember your eyes looking towards the sky sometimes you sang and hummed.
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Verse I Very early in the morning at my favorite place on Orongo, I am watching the horizon where the waves are kissing the sun. And if I had a boat I would sail around and if I had wings I would fly around, yes so close to the sky, yes I feel so free the beauty of the island has put a spell on me. Chorus Now in this moment so silent I love this wonderful island. Verse II My thoughts fly away to those Ancients who sailed thousands of miles on the sea. They came from far away landing at Anakena Bay to discover the beauty of this paradise. Chorus Now in this moment of silence I love this wonderful island.
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Verse I Your Hopu climbed down the mountain and he swam to Moto Nui, waiting for this one moment to be the first to catch this egg The incarnation of Makemake brought you to the Sooty Tern, making you the chosen man Ao’s path is made for you. Bridge Mister Birdman tell me Mr. Birdman how does it feel to be the first? Hey Mr. Birdman that’s your way Mr. Birdman now you know you have to be alone, be alone Chorus Mister Birdman… Verse II They shaved your body and painted your skin on your way to Mataveri, you`re so lucky to be favoured by him you`ll be buried at Ahu Orohie. Now it´s your turn to be the number one your name will never be forgotten, you will never die because this magic power has come to you.
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Shelter Me 05:43
Verse I I remember how it used to be we gave them food, we gave them drinks, we offered dinner to our invisible guests to appease their minds, giving them our best I remember how it used to be. Bridge One! Two! I can see you! Tell me who you are Lord, the naked truth crossing my way. Chorus Shelter me the ghosts are out again, take care of me `cause I won ́t feel the pain. Shelter me I don ́t know where to go Please save me my hero Raraku. Verse II We were afraid of breaking a tabu We were afraid of dark cold nights, Father will they come to get us? Brother will they come to kill us? Are Moai Kava Kava hanging on the wall? Part C Two males sleeping by the way Lying in the grass, skinny and pale. They were so ugly, unable to see their reflected image of wood.
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Ana O Keke 03:45
Verse I On your way to the cavern you looked towards the sky to catch some last sun rays oh, you tried not to waver just one wrong step and you would die (for their favour) Hidden to keep your skin pale, this was your destiny Verse II This is Ana O Keke you have heard a thousand stories about this place this is Ana O Keke so many virgins who followed her fate Bridge You were prepared to appear at the Birdman´s party (and) your beauty was your destiny oh girl you were prepared to suit their fancy it seemed that the darkness would never end Verse III On your way to the cavern with the howling wind and the strong surf below This is Ana O Keke and on these rocks lies your tale of woe
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Kai Kai 04:45
Verse I Do you remember Kia Kia, Amo Moenga, Oho Hero? Do you remember all of those figures and of all those stories too? Let us play kai kai, let us play kai kai. Foot and hand, then hand and foot, let me hear the Native Rhythm spread your fingers, come on girl Hakahiti (show) just for me, let us play kai kai, let us play kai kai. Let us start the game Oho, to keep it in mind. Verse II Use your lips, and teeth, and toes, show us the next picture do you remember all of those melodies and Pata’u ta’u? let us play kai kai, let us play kai kai. Let us start the game Chorus I want to understand the deeper meaning of this poetry, I want to learn more about this old forgotten vocabulary. Just one finger on the top and another underneath a connection to this invisible world, Just one finger on the top and another underneath That´s the way to tell the story and fix the words. Come on little girl let us keep the legend alive and bring the past to the present now Pata’u ta u Kia-Kia Kia-Kia tari ra u ku-mara i te ehu-ehu i te ka pua pua ya ya te ahi turo kia kia ha vea vea ire kate manu ha ha ha ha vere taku kava ina a va i o te e
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Verse I Are we here alone? Our Universe see’s no further than the Sun. Will we ever solve hidden secrets? Will we ever understand? Are we just stupid and don’t understand, the signs that you left us to trace? Are we so blind that we don’t see the truth, brought by you from outer space? Can you see me from your unknown planet? Can you hear the things I say? Did you ever lighten up our darkness? Have you ever been to Earth? Chorus A million miles away, yeah, Tell me if you will return. We watch the Milky Way, yeah, is there something we can learn? Are you the Gods from Outer Space? Good or Evil? And can we trust you? Verse II If I searched the Skies for trails of brightness, would I know that you’d arrived? Would you welcome me inside your spaceship? Would you take me for a ride? Chorus A million miles away, yeah, tell me if you will return? We watch the Milky Way, yeah, is there something we can learn? Are you the Gods from Outer Space? Good or Evil? A thousand years before Mankind. Verse III What we know, we just imagine, who can tell us the truth? Are you really Supernatural, or Ancient Sons of the world?

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MOAI – A MUSICAL JOURNEY TO EASTER ISLAND
The MOAI Project is telling the tale of the culture of the Rapa Nui on Easter Island. The songtexts are about the myths, stories and traditions of the indigenous people.

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released April 1, 2017

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Enrique Plazaola Jerez, Spain

I was born on the 6th of December 1966 in Göttingen, Germany. My father was a German, my mother is Chilean. With the age of 7, I began to take me first instrumental lessons – at first the accordeon, later the piano. Later I studied at the university of Dortmund, took lessons for the jazz piano with Julius Styczinski and in arrangement with Betin Günes. ... more

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