Upa Upa Tahiti had the pleasure of meeting Cyrille Tetiarahi, musician for over 40 years. Meeting with this enthusiast for a long time, in a sublime setting: the seafront esplanade of Papeete in Tahiti!
Prefered ukulele

'Ia ora na! Can you introduce yourself please?

'Ia ora na my name is Cyrille Tetiarahi, I have been a career musician for over 40 years. It's been a long way now! [laughs]

How did this interest in music come about?

In my family, everyone is a musician. We are 7 children, all my brothers and sisters play an instrument: the ukulele, the guitar, the piano ... My parents too, I was also lucky that they encouraged us to play music. music when we were younger. I am the only professional, my relatives really play for fun. Personally, I chose to make a career and it came almost naturally. There was something that attracted me. Previously, like everyone else and out of necessity, I worked for companies, without really liking what I was doing. Whereas personally, music gives me everything I need. It answers exactly what I am looking for: pleasure and happiness!

Where do you perform?

During my career, I traveled a lot to do musical entertainment. I was able to go to Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the United States ...
But at one point I chose to focus on my family life, so that I could enjoy my loved ones. Now I play on Tahiti, and in particular every week at the restaurant "Le Moana" from Thursday to Saturday evening. We have been present since the opening of the restaurant and with my musician friends, we form the group "Les Moana's ZICOS". We offer different registers, our music is quite varied: we make traditional music of course, revisited and adapted to current music, we also have a repertoire of international music ... Personally I like it, I like to touch all.

Is it important for you to keep these traditional Polynesian songs alive?

Yes, a lot ! It must be said that when you carry Polynesian culture within yourself, you cannot remove it. It's natural, you live with it.

What instruments do you play?

I play the piano, the drums, the guitar, the ukulele ... Besides, I have always played the ukulele! For me the ukulele is a culture in its own right and has always been. The Polynesian likes to make music and this instrument largely complements Polynesian music.

On the other hand, I don't have a particular preference between these different instruments: I like the music as a whole, whatever the instrument. I adapt very quickly to the instrument I have in my hands.

Do you have any advice for beginner musicians?

Music is something that is innate in many people. However afterwards it must be developed. You can't claim to have science infused without having musical training. To evolve, you have to practice, be part of a group, have exchanges with people from the community ... This is how I proceeded, so I know how to read music.

On the other hand, what you learn at school will be different from what you will experience in the "field". Because at school we write while by practicing with other musicians, it is something different that is transmitted, without necessarily being explained ...

What are your plans for the future?

I have a recording studio: I do a lot of covers and compositions too. I produce different local singers and singers. I'm a lot into acoustics, playing guitar, ukulele in the background ...

Māuruuru roa for this exchange Cyrille!

Thanks to you Upa Upa Tahiti!