Igelese Ete, music consultant for hit Disney animation Moana (also known for working on music for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), teams up with event producer and writer Erman Baradi for a one night show in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at El Rey Theatre.
‘Malaga – The Journey’ is a choreographed, choral celebration depicting the journey of the people of the Pacific Islands, co-created by Ete and Jakki Leota-Mua with music by Ete. “The pacific narrative declares to the world, that only through unity in our diversity that we can overcome our trials and tribulations. ‘Through the rough seas and the burning sun we realise that we are one’,” says Ete.
‘Malaga’ has seen a successful run overseas in New Zealand and Fiji for a decade-plus stint beginning in the early 2000’s.Ete himself was born in Samoa, grew up in New Zealand, and now resides in Fiji. Interweaving a plot to support the music, Ete is reworking the original story with Baradi, who is also producing the one night performance. “I’ve always been fascinated by the island culture. I’m Filipino, and I find the cultures of other Pacific islands alluring. Of course, I love the music of Moana when it came out it 2016, so I jumped at the chance to work with Igelese on bringing this to Los Angeles,” Baradi added. “Anytime we can highlight diverse cultures in media is always exciting to me. Our eventual goal is to take this and turn it into a feature film some day.”
Ete hints that the performance is dedicated to climate refugees who move to new homelands because of climate change causing rising sea levels in the contemporary world. This is articulated by co-creator Leota-Mua, she hints at the journey these characters take:
“The sea is rising. We respond and a call to voyage is made. We construct an ocean going double-hulled canoe – also known as a Vaka/Wa/Va’a/Waka. When building is complete, an offering is made to Tagaloa for a safe passage. To survive, we unite. Guided by the incantations and wisdom handed to us, characters use the wind, currents, stars and birds to reach land. We disembark and are welcomed to shore by the spirits and guardians of the land. Sound moves the remembered past into the present. The challenges of navigating through modern day terrain are encountered. The strength of a burdened people is transformed by the resilience and determination of all. Many take root in the land. Others continue to navigate the seas.”
The show is executive produced by Romeo Spino of Stratas Media Group. Ete’s team is rounded out by Peter Rockford Espirirtu, Founder & Artistic Director of Tau Dance Theatre (TDT), and Jerry Tengemoana, a business development specialist with extensive knowledge and experiences in the South Pacific business environment.
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