ake, ake, kia kaha e!
songs of the New Zealand 28 (Maori) battalion
When the soldiers of the legendary Maori Battalion sailed for the Second
World War, they took with them songs that embodied the love and prayers of
those at home. There were hymns, haka, and popular action songs, together
with the rousing Maori Battalion March to Victory! These were sung with a
style that became part of the Battalion's legend.
Atoll CDs, in association with the Sound Archives of Radio NZ/Nga Taonga Korero and The National Library of New Zealand, is
proud to release an historic 2-CD set featuring recordings of the Battalion while
it was overseas: "Ake, ake, kia kaha e! Songs of the New Zealand 28
(Maori) Battalion", has been produced by well-known broadcaster Henare te
Ua, and features spoken messages, situation reports, concert medleys aimed
at tribal areas from which the men were drawn, and a song of remembrance
by Pacific Islands members.
These unique recordings were taken 'live' on location in the sands of
Egypt, during artillery action in North Africa, and in the green valleys of Southern
Italy, by the Middle East Recording Unit of New Zealand's National
Broadcasting Service. The recordings captured the raw exuberance and
vigour of the performances, and convey something of the drama of the epic
events involving the Battalion during WW2.