Dalvanius Profile

aka Dalvanius Prime, Dalvanius and The Fascinations
Murray Cammick
29 May 2013

Dalvanius will be forever remembered for one song – ‘Poi E’ by the Patea Maori Club – the No.1 selling record in New Zealand for four weeks in 1984. People may forget that Dalvanius lived a lifetime in music. Dal was not a one-hit wonder.

‘Poi E’ is correctly considered the pinnacle of his musical career but to get there Dalvanius studied on stages in bars, clubs, cabarets, concert halls and maraes from Patea to Perth.

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Dalvanius and the Fascinations with Australian Soul Appreciation Society Awards, Auckland
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations in Australia
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Dalvanius and friends at an unknown awards ceremony in the early 1990s. Clockwise from top left: Daniel Wrightson (Max TV), Push Push's Shayne Silver, Dalvanius and unknown.
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations - Voodoo Lady
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Dalvanius and Carmen performing in Poi E The Musical at the State Opera House, Wellington, 1995
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Sydney 1970s
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Collision with Dalvanius, Auckland
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations
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Patea Maori Club - Poi E
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How the UK music press saw The Patea Māori Club. Blues & Soul, February 1985
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Dalvanius with members of The Patea Māori Club, 1983
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An allstar cast in the 1980s, which includes Christina Asher, Dalvanius, Mark Williams and Annie Crummer
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Opening for The Pointer Sisters, Auckland Town Hall, March 1980
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Dalvanius
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Opening for The Pointer Sisters, Auckland Town Hall, March 1980
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations onstage in the mid-1970s
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The Joe Wylie cover for Patea Māori Club's Poi-E album
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations
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Dalvanius and The Fascinations with Manteca at the Wrest-Point-Casino, Hobart, 1974. L to r: Ken Tait, Wally Kafoa, Peter Cross, Ian Beddows, Uwe Stengel, Barry Brackenborough, Barletta, Dalvanius and Paula.
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The famed Māori linguist and teacher Ngoi Pewhairangi. Ngoi wrote the lyrics to two No.1 singles, The Patea Māori Club's Poi E and and Prince Tui Teka's E Ipo. She died in 1985.
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Collison and Dalvanius with The Commodores in Sydney in the mid-1970s
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Dalvanius and The Fascinations with Australian band Manteca outside the Wrest-Point-Casino, Hobart, 1974. L to r: Peter Cross, Paula, Barletta, Barry Brackenborough, Uwe Stengel, Ken Tait, Wally Kafoa, Ian Beddows and Dalvanius.
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Moana - Kua Makona (with Dalvanius in the producer's chair)
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A mid-70s Dalvanius & The Fascinations publicity shot
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A Dalvanius & The Fascinations publicity photo from around 1973
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations in Sydney
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations with The Supremes in Sydney
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Dalvanius Prime
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Dalvanius with The Patea Māori Club
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations with Manteca at the Casino in Hobart in 1974. L to r: Wally Kafoa, Barry Brackenborough, Barletta Prime, Ken Tait, Uwe Stengel, Paula Brackenborough-Williams, Ian Beddows, Peter Cross and Dalvanius Prime.
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Great Northern Hotel, Auckland, 1976
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Dalvanius and The Fascinations with Australian band Manteca at the Wrest-Point-Casino in 1974. L to r: Ken Tait, Peter Cross, Paula, Barry Brackenborough, Wally Kafoa, Barletta, Dalvanius and Ian Beddows
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Dalvanius
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‘Poi E’ wins the award for the best Polynesian recording, 1984. Dalvanius with lead singer Hui Kahu.
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