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I am lifting material I wrote for New Zealand music to replace material here that is really inadequate.
Please don't repeat the canard that kapa haka is a kind of performance. A kapa is a group of people.
This needs more about other kinds of instrument: slit drums, gongs, bull-roarers, putarara, etc. The present text was rather blatently cut and pasted. I removed the line about "even the broad Polynesian nose" (Ngata? Buck?)
--Hugh7 00:42, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
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hey there, i've jot down what i remember off the top of my head, But i'm most sure is auccurate, still working at it tho, grammar and spelling haha! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Porirua Man (talk • contribs) 04:26, 8 October 2007 (UTC)
I'll see if I can touch up some grammar. Littledots 16:17, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
Hey Guys, I specialise in playing and crafting Taonga Puoro. I'd be very keen to help get this to a point where it offers good information on the instruments and their usages. There are around 40 or so instruments that are considered part of the whole that is Taonga Puoro, so this could take some effort :D Tamihana
History - an unfortunate choice of words
The 3rd ¶ of the History section includes the comment (source? paraphrased??) "Europeans could not hear the microtones the Māori were singing." This is of course also "incorrect". "Most Europeans at that time may not have been able to distinguish, or appreciate as musical the microtones the Māori were singing," would be a more accurate and less offensive alternative - unless the original is a quote or close paraphrase of the source, then maybe we need to find a less biased source.
Ethnomusicologist may want to argue (on some other Wiki page) whether or not the evolution of the European 'ear' at that time towards notes based upon standardized frequencies and intervals was being influenced by the equal temperament movement (contemporaneous to Cook - e.g. The Well-Tempered Clavier 1722) may have influenced many European listeners of Māori music (and many other ethnic musical forms) to reject Māori tonality as, "the Māori had no singing/vocal music at all or sang discordantly." The current sentence doesn't help the situation at all. --Atani (talk) 23:07, 8 July 2012 (UTC)