CI Times Weekly | Current Issue 254 | 09 June 2008

Tropikana-a sweet inspiration

Well known, respected and very popular entertainer Rangi Henry will launch his new music CD “Tropikana-People of the Pacific” at the Punanga Nui Market on Saturday. Despite his long career in music and many recordings, this is the first CD he has produced and will take responsibility for marketing. The CD is dedicated to the memory of his parents and grand daughter –Hanamarie Ossie.
Rangi will be at the Market for the next two Saturdays after that promoting the CD. The launch sale price at the market is $25 and you can also contact Rangi for CDs on ph 20 563 or 71 821. Rangi advises that 1,000 copies of the CD are available for sale.
The official launch will be on Thursday 5 June 2008 at the Muri Beach Club Hotel starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are $50 single which includes a meal and a CD, $75 double which includes two meals and a CD. Rangi has been a regular performer at the Hotel on Saturday evenings.
The CD features 16 tracks of which 11 are originals and five are cover songs. One of the original numbers is a drumming sequence featuring Rangi and his son Tikimakona. The style of music ranges from R&B to Soul to Christian. The Christian element comes as no surprise as Rangi has had a strong Christian upbringing. First and foremost he thanks God for his talent in music. “He alone is my power and glory,” says Rangi.
Supporting Rangi on this CD are respected musicians- Julian Young, Frank Sabatano, Tani Mussell and the multi maestro Jon Lindsay. Rangi has some quality voices providing back up vocals- Henry Taripo, Mere Darling and the wonderful performer Tara Vavia.
A perfectionist, Rangi actually completed the CD nine months ago with the help of Te Ura Studios and engineer Tani Mussell. It has taken that long to iron out all the wrinkles and it took the help of Simon Lynch an engineer with Stebbing Recording Studios in Auckland to master the CD. Many long hours and a lot of sacrifice went into production said Rangi. Graphics and design for the CD are attributed to Tapairu Tuakeu-Skinner.
The CD is a serious business venture for Rangi. His production company is called “Tai Pi Productions Cook Islands.” A consortium of investors-Andrew Chambers, Bob Taylor, Robert Skews and Chris McKinley- have backed his vision and dream. Why the name “Tai Pi?” Well says Rangi, it’s after his father’s band in Aitutaki and it’s a way of thanking him.
Rangi says he will also be promoting the CD in Australia. On 21 June he will be doing shows in Sydney and on 28 June he will be doing shows in Brisbane.
Following this he will be going to New Zealand where he will hook up with Maori TV and several radio stations. One of the songs on the CD was composed for the Maori Queen.
Rangi says he has also been approached by people seeking the rights to use some of the songs. He says some songs are ideal for use in tourism related promotions.
Rangi has a request which is that we all support moves for a Copyright Act to protect our music, songs and language. Quality wise, there’s nothing like the real McCoy says Rangi.
Rangi says people should not pirate CDs as artists spend many long hours preparing their CDs and this takes a toll on their families.
“When you burn CDs, you burn the artist,” says Rangi.

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