Brother Love, aka Rahui Vaka is a staple in the Cook Islands music scene. For over 20 years, the music of this descendant of Manihiki/Rakahanga and Penryhn has resonated – with young and old alike, bringing about nostalgic emotions in all. At one stage or another, one of his songs has played in someone’s life, resonating with that person on a deeply personal level. His adaptation of blues music talks to many, and appeals on a simple level to all.
Brother Love’s musical career began early in his life, where he practiced as a drummer for a rock band, touring Australia and many regions around Oceania. On his return to the Cook Islands community of New Zealand, Rahui joined the classic string band Sunset Special as a ukulele player and vocalist. His talents stood out to legendary musical producer Noo Pare, and under his guidance, Rahui embarked on a stellar solo career as Brother Love. His solo career produced one of, if not the biggest Cook Islands song, “Ruketekete Te Mamame (Roimata)”, which continues to be a hit even to this day.
His music is recognised worldwide, from the introductory ukulele, to his raspy vocals. His music is a blend of blues and Cook Islands soul, a talent yet to be reproduced. Brother Love has a knack for translating his English songs to Cook Islands Maori on the fly making for a unique listening experience that plays to a wide audience.
In 2014, Brother Love was inducted to the Cook Islands Music Hall of Fame at the inaugural Tangi Reka Music Awards, and again in 2017, Brother Love was presented the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. Brother Love has 6 albums with Heimana Music, all of which is available on all digital streaming platforms, as well as on CD through Heimana Music. He continues to perform at various events around New Zealand, the Cook Islands and the Pacific.