Dalvanius Profile

aka Maui Dalvanius Prime, 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
Photo credit: Photo by Guy Robinson
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Dalvanius with The Patea Māori Club
Photo credit: Photo by Gil Hanly. Simon Grigg collection
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A Dalvanius & The Fascinations publicity photo from around 1973
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Collison and Dalvanius with The Commodores in Sydney in the mid-1970s
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Dalvanius Prime
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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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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‘Poi E’ wins the award for the best Polynesian recording, 1984. Dalvanius with lead singer Hui Kahu.
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Great Northern Hotel, Auckland, 1976
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations with The Supremes in Sydney
Photo credit: Sue May collection
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The Joe Wylie cover for Patea Māori Club's Poi-E album
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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.
Photo credit: Uwe Stengel collection
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A mid-70s Dalvanius & The Fascinations publicity shot
Photo credit: Sue May collection
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Dalvanius sings Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Empty Arms) on Dixie Chicken (1987)
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Moana Maniapoto remembers Dalvanius (interview by Ross Cunningham, 2017)
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations
Photo credit: Sue May collection
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Moana - Kua Makona (with Dalvanius in the producer's chair)
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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.
Photo credit: Uwe Stengel collection
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An allstar cast in the 1980s, which includes Christina Asher, Dalvanius, Mark Williams and Annie Crummer
Photo credit: Christina Asher collection
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations - Voodoo Lady
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations in Sydney
Photo credit: Sue May collection
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations, Sydney 1970s
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations
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Patea Maori Club - Poi E
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Dalvanius
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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.
Photo credit: Uwe Stengel collection
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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
Photo credit: Uwe Stengel collection
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Dalvanius and Carmen performing in Poi E The Musical at the State Opera House, Wellington, 1995
Photo credit: Peter McLennan collection
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How the UK music press saw The Patea Māori Club. Blues & Soul, February 1985
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations onstage in the mid-1970s
Photo credit: Sue May collection
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Dalvanius with members of The Patea Māori Club, 1983
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
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Opening for The Pointer Sisters, Auckland Town Hall, March 1980
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Opening for The Pointer Sisters, Auckland Town Hall, March 1980
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Collision with Dalvanius, Auckland
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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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.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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Dalvanius & The Fascinations in Australia
Photo credit: Sue May collection
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Dalvanius and the Fascinations with Australian Soul Appreciation Society Awards, Auckland
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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