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Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the music of Tahiti was dominated by festivals called heiva. Dancing was a vital part of Tahitian life then, and dances were used to celebrate, pray and mark almost every occasion of life. Examples include the men's 'ote'a dance and the couple's 'upa'upa.

Professional dance troupes called 'arioi were common, and they moved around the various islands and communities dancing highly sensually and erotically. In the early 19th century, however, colonial laws severely restricted these and other dances, which were considered immoral. Herman Melville celebrated one such dance (he called it the 'lori-lori') for its sensuality. They were replaced instead ...
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PRETTY AS A PICTURE - (by Adagio Music)  Year: 2016
Adagio Music An upbeat, yet reflective song with a Hawaiian, calypso, tropical vibe. The simple and effective instrumentation of ukelele, dulcimer, and sparse island percussion make this fun and thoughtful piece perfect for corporate commercials, indie films, vacation videos, movie, tv radio, background music. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
797941 1:47 Med Slow 100   


YOUR FIRST STEP - (by Torfi Olafsson)  Year: 2015
Torfi Olafsson Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti  
753824 1:45 Slow 64   


OTEA TAMAHINE - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here Fast, festive, fiery drums of celebration or war from Tahiti and the South Pacific Islands. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424541 3:31 Med Slow 102   


RURU -- OVIRI - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here Fast, festive upbeat dancing drums of Tahiti and the South Pacific. War, party, maybe just about anything in between... Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424540 2:42 Med Slow 94   


TAPU TARO - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here Music from Tahiti. Upbeat and powerful drums. Fast, festive but could also be the drums of war. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424539 2:06 Very Fast   


CENTENAIRE - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here War drums or party drums? Take your pick. Energetic and exciting music from Tahiti and the South Pacific. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424538 2:49 Med Slow 95   


IAORA TAHITI HERE - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here The beautiful, soothing sounds of the Tahiti Islands. Ukelele and male vocal. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424537 2:26 Medium 110   


PUROTU - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here Upbeat, lively drums from Tahiti and Polynesia. Party sound of drums later combines with soft, mellow sounds of Ukelele. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424536 2:24 Mixed   


HAAPURA - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here War drums sound from Polynesia and Tahiti. Fast, upbeat, dynamic. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424535 1:39 Med Slow 95   


MORI TUTUI -- VAITAVATAVA - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here Powerful party drums sound from Tahiti and Polynesia. Fast, upbeat. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424534 2:33 Med Slow 101   


HAERE MAI - (by Tahiti Here)  Year: 2010
Tahiti Here Music of Tahiti. Polynesian Drums, upbeat. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
424533 2:49 Med Slow 94   


ALOHA OE - (by Robert Neary)  Year: 1887
Robert Neary Sounds like the theme tune from Spongebob Square pants. Aloha? Oe (Farewell to Thee) is a song that was written by Queen Liliuokalani (1838-1917), the last reigning queen of Hawai? i. Aloha Oe, Liliuokalani's most famous song, was inspired by a horseback trip she took in 1877 to the windward side, Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
285427 1:31 Slow 70   


PUKAPUKA DRUM DANCE - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Exotic drum dance, Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
212879 2:19 Med Slow 92   


LAKALAKA HIHIFO - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Historical song of the Tongans, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
212873 7:41 Medium   


FENES STRING BAND - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Independence song after harvest, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
212868 3:50 Medium 108   


FANGUFANGU NOSE FLUTE - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tongan nose flute, Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
212867 1:08 Slow   


UTE TIPAERUI - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tahitian festival music, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206659 2:00 Medium   


PAOA TE VAHINE HEIPUA - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tahitian music, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206657 1:17 Med Fast   


PAOA POI POI--TARO POUNDING - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tahitian music, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206656 1:49 Med Slow 98   


OTEA FINALE TAKOTO - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tahitian music, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206654 3:11 Med Slow 102   


HIMENE TARAVA TAMARII TIPAERUI - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tahitian polyphonic chanting, A Capella, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206653 3:22 Med Fast   


HIMENE TARAVA TAMARII TAUNOA - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Tahitian unaccompanied chanting, A Capella, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206652 3:37 Med Slow 92   


APARIMA OTEA TAURAATUA - (by Chanson World Music Library)  Year: 2006
Chanson World Music Library Lively, exotic, rhythmic, pulsating music of the Pacific islands. Dancing girls in hula skirts, restless natives on the hunt in war colors and face paint, village celebrations. Tahitian festival music, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206645 6:22 Med Slow 101   


OTEA DRUM DANCE FINALE - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759310 3:11 Med Slow 101   


GROUP TAURAATUA - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759309 6:22 Med Slow 100   


HIMENE TARAVA TAMARII TAUNOA - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759308 3:38   


UTE TIPAERUI - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759307 2:01   


PAOA POI POI - TARO POUNDING - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759306 1:49   


BEST FEMALE DANCER! - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759305 2:43   


BEST MALE DANCER - MAURICE! - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759304 1:37   


BEST ORCHESTRA! - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759302 1:14   


HIMENE TARAVA TAMARII TIPAERUI - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759301 3:22   


PAOA TE VAHINE HEIPUA - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759300 1:17   


GROUP POLYNESIA - (by David Fanshawe)
David Fanshawe One of the world’s greatest music festivals: The Tiurai, July Fete, of “Heiva i Tahiti”, a spectacular annual inter-island dance and singing competition held in the capital Pape’ete. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
759298 2:55   


TAHITIAN TRIBAL DANCE - (by Neville Taylor)  Year: 2008
Neville Taylor Music from the Pacific Island of Tahiti. This track is very fast, with a strong tribal influence, lots of percussion, conch shell drones, and a playful flute melody. Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Hawaiian, Tahiti
403191 0:39 Very Fast 190   


POLYNESIAN RING - (by Funtime Ringtones)  Year: 2004
Funtime Ringtones Tropical Attitude & Feel. Short Polynesian, South Pacific Islands, Hawaii hula dancing track, etc. Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
30sec - Hawaiian, Tahiti  
260545 0:29 Mixed 140   


UTE TAMARII VAIMORA - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2006
David Fanshawe Tahitian music, Female Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206658 2:04 Medium   


HIMENE RUAU TAMARII PIRAE - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2006
David Fanshawe Tahitian music, native choral voices in harmony, earthy and indigenous. A Capella, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206649 3:36 Medium   


GROUP MOANA NUI - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2006
David Fanshawe Tahitian festival music group, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
206647 3:25 Building 94   


HIMENE NOTA TAMARII PIRAE - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66480 2:49 Medium 111   


OTEA TAMARII FAUTAUA - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66479 1:17 Slow-Fast-Slow 195   


HIMENE TARAVA TAMARII PIRAE - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66477 3:04 Med Slow 94   


AROHA TIARE TAHITI (I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU) - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life. Driving and pulsating native South Sea Pacific Island sounds, drums and percussion. Lively, exciting, celebrating and meaningful sounds of native Tahitians. Buildup to fast drum beats at end and native male voice yelling "Hey!". Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66476 1:32 Med Fast 134   


OTEA TAMARII NO RURUTU - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life, Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66474 1:27 Med Fast 132   


HIMENE TARAVA POINT VENUS - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life, Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66473 3:14 Med Slow 91   


APARIMA TE MAEVA - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life. Medium fast tempo expressive native music of the Pacific South Sea islands. Reflective, thoughtful, sense of pulling together, community and union. Joyful and gleeful. Mixed Vocals, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66472 3:33 Mixed 114   


TE MAEVA WELCOME - (by David Fanshawe)  Year: 2002
David Fanshawe Tahiti Festival of Life, Instrumental, Hawaiian, Tahiti
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Hawaiian, Tahiti
66471 5:48 Med Slow 104   

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