B Company in Egypt, 1941


September 23 1941, the Māori Battalion is at El Diyura near El Alamein, Egypt.  While there an open air concert was conducted and broadcast to the people back home.

New Zealand National Broadcasting Service announcer Noel Palmer introduces the programme and describes the environment.  Private Tiaki (Jack) Tapiri then sends greetings to the people at home and introduces the songs to be sung by B Company. The first E te ope tuatahi, was written by Sir Apirana Ngata as a recruiting song for the First Māori Contingent in World War One and then Awhinatia mai mātou.

This is part one of the broadcast.  Listen to part two - Sonny Waretini sings He Wawata.

[Site editors note:  there is some static intermittently through the sound file]


Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, ref: 12879. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright.

Submitted by mbadmin on Tue, 23/08/2011 - 13:26

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