Mako (dance)

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This article is about the dance. For other uses, see Mako (disambiguation).

The Mako is a fast-paced dance from Tonga which is performed by young men. Accompanied by an extremely fast rhythm on a drum or tin can, dancers perform wild gestures involving their entire bodies; they point in various directions, run, sit, roll, or lay down repeatedly and in quick succession.

Musical themes[edit]

Songs used with the Mako feature lyrics in Tongan. Their themes are most often drawn from nature and daily life or occasionally from the Bible. Additionally, one of the best-known refrains, toli he siale, is a double entendre; it can mean "picking flowers" or refer to sexual intercourse.


ʻI.F. Helu; Faikava