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The Audio Story: Ori Deck

“We are trying to combine Polynesian culture and electronic music, halfway between tradition and modernism.”


In Tahiti, the main island in French Polynesia, music is an integral part of the culture. As essential to everyday life as water or air. But there’s one style of music that reigns supreme: sapa’u, also known as ori deck.


For Issue 132, Tiare Tuuhia connects with some of the style's biggest players and delves into the story and culture behind the emerging genre. Written by Tiare Tuuhia and narrated by Keziah Wenham-Kenyon.