"Songs of Moana" live - Te Vaka & Orchestra
(18 Jul. 2018)
A brief trip to New Zealand this month saw 4 very rare and unsurprisingly, sold out, concerts from Te Vaka. It was a unique and powerful collaboration between Opetaia Foa'i, Te Vaka and 3 different New Zealand Orchestras (Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington), resulting in the live experience: "Songs of Moana". Having many of the same voices and musicians found on the movie's soundtrack, and supported by the power of 60-something-piece orchestras, the show was an undeniable hit among adults and children alike.
"Every single item was stirring, effective, and excellently executed, holding the attention of and entertaining all in the audience, young and old...."
"...It’s fair to say that Songs of Moana was a huge success..." - Ihlara McIndo, The Wave
"In the case of Moana, the music's sheer musicality and character carries it safely through to the other side, especially when it is performed with high spirited verve by a group which has established itself as one of today's leading musical voices of the Pacific." - Christopher Moore, The Press
Moana at the 60th Grammys
(28 Nov. 2017)
The Moana soundtrack is nominated for "Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media" in the 60th Recording Academy Grammy Awards!
PICTURE: Music team (Left to right); Mark Mancina (scoring), Opetaia Foa'i (songwriter), Lin Manuel-Miranda (songwriter), Tom MacDougall (Music Supervisor).
Moana on the Billboard Charts
(9 Jan. 2017)
"The Moana film soundtrack rises from No. 6 to No. 2 with 64,000 units (up 21 percent) and 44,000 in traditional album sales (up 37 percent — it is the best selling album of the week)."
(excepted from the Billboard website)
(17 Dec. 16)
"We Know the Way" (Opetaia and Lin-Manuel Miranda) spends 2 weeks on the Billboard Top 100, peaking at No. 93.