Fire Feather (feat. Matiu Te Huki)

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The origins and author of the 'Fire Feather' part are unknown, assumed somewhere in North America. My search has yet to uncover who wrote it, so my prayer of thanks goes out to you, whoever you are! Masculine & Feminine introducing themselves to each other and celebrating their individual beauty.

Matiu Te Huki agreed to sing on this track and what a beautiful vibe he brings! He recorded from his home in Aotearoa and I offered for him to do whatever he was inspired to the 'space' that was left for him. Hence the Maori chant which the translation is:

"It is with feathers that the bird flies, the spirit bird, here we give high praise to the ancestors!"

The Kuate chant is what is commonly referred to as a 'rainbow song', traditionally sung at gatherings around the fire all over the world. I learnt this from my cousin Ryan, when he was about 6 and I was 18. He was at the Ananda Marga School in Lismore and we used to sing it in the car on the way to school.

The chant is said to be a Lakota vision quest song but I'm not one hundred percent certain on the origins. The English lyric, 'we are one with the infinite sun', I have always heard with this chant, but doesn't seem to be a direct translation. That looks more like:

Kuate leño leño maote -> We lay the seed into the Earth
Hayano -> It's coming up

It felt good for me to bring these two songs together and I pray they are received in the spirit of cultural collaboration, reverence and celebration.

Big thanks to Danielle for lending her beautiful medicine drum, Aidan & Soraya for helping with the fire to warm the drum, and the recording!

lyrics

Lyrics:

Fire Feather is my spirit name
I love the sun and trees
I danced upon the sacred mountain
And I witnessed all eternity

Silent Water is my spirit name
I love the moon and sea
I swam with creatures of the great ocean
They whispered joy and love to me

Ah Ah Ah Ah…

Ma te huruhuru ka rere te manu,
te manu wairua e,
nei ra te mihi maioha ki nga tipuna e,

Kuate leño leño maote
Hayano hayano hayano

We are one with the infinite sun
Forever and ever and ever
We are one with the infinite sun
Forever and ever and ever

Ah Ah Ah Ah…

Fire Feather is my spirit name is my spirit name
I love the sun and trees
I danced upon the sacred mountain
And I witnessed all eternity

Silent Water is my spirit name
I love the moon and sea
I swam with creatures of the great ocean
They whispered joy and love to me

credits

from We Begin, released May 30, 2019
Kate B – 12 String Guitar, Medicine Drum & Vocals;
Andy Downer – Piano & Bass Playing & Drum Programming;
Matiu Te Huki – Vocals;
Haitch - Native American Drone Flute & Didgeridoo.

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Kate B Brisbane, Australia

…. ♥ creates music for the soul ♥ ….
Chanting, mantra & uplifting inspirational songs from the heart combine with melodic vocals and many strings. She has been a singer for as long as she can remember and first picked up the guitar when she was 14. From folk to blues and cafes to weddings and community choirs, her journey has more recently carried her back to the world of chanting & heartsongs. ... more

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