Opening Night Film & Reception: Poi E (Sdaff Spring 2017)

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Pacific Arts Movement says
Join us for our Opening Night presentation of POI E: THE STORY OF OUR SONG (New Zealand) Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the 7th Annual SDAFF Spring Showcase presented by Pacific Arts Movement.

"New Zealand's Godfather of Soul," Dalvanius Prime, returned to Patea on a mission to fuse disco beats and breakdancing with the Maori language, a language he and a generation of New Zealanders had lost to globalization and settler colonialism. And so, in 1983, he joined forces with with the poi-flopping choral masters of the Patea Maori Club to produce the first-ever Maori pop hit, a song that beat Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder on the New Zealand charts and is remembered today as the unofficial national anthem.

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By: Pacific Arts Movement

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