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The Brodski wedding Haka

posted Apr 27, 2010, 5:22 AM by Tel Aviv Ruggers   [ updated Apr 27, 2010, 5:53 AM ]
This version of the "Ka Mate" Haka, introduced by the (slightly drunk) Tel Aviv Rugby Club players, at the wedding of their beloved center, and a fanatic All-Blacks fan, Alex Brodski.

This is a more conservative version of the "Oren Marcovitch wedding Haka", which was performed in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, in minimal clothing. We have no official record of that performance, but we're working on it.

Here are the lyrics of the original "Ka Mate" Haka, introduced by the All-Blacks in 1906 (from Wikipedia):

"Ka Mate"
Leader: Ringa pakia!
Slap the hands against the thighs!

Uma tiraha!
Puff out the chest.

Turi whatia!
Bend the knees!

Hope whai ake!
Let the hip follow!

Waewae takahia kia kino!
Stomp the feet as hard as you can!

Leader: Ka mate, ka mate
'I die, I die,
Team: Ka ora' Ka ora'
'I live, 'I live,
Leader: Ka mate, ka mate
'I die, 'I die
Team: Ka ora Ka ora "
'I live, 'I live,
All: Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru
This is the fierce, powerful man

Nāna i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā
...Who caused the sun to shine again for me

Upane... Upane
Up the ladder, Up the ladder

Upane Kaupane"
Up to the top

Whiti te rā,!
The sun shines!