This lullaby is from Tahiti, the most populous island in French Polynesia…

Taoto, pepe - French Polynesian & Tahitian Children's Songs - French Polynesia (Tahiti) - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


Here's another version of this lullaby:

Taoto, pepe
Era mama tei te aau
Era papa tei te peho
Te tii maira te fei
Hamani popoi na aiu.

English Translation:

Sleep baby,
Mommy is at the reef,
Daddy is in the valley
Looking for fei's*
To make popoi* for baby*.

*Fei: a variety of cooking banana.
*Popoi: banana cooked, puréed and mixed with coco milk (very good, babies love it).
*"Pepe" and "aiu": Two words for "baby". "Pepe" also means "butterfly".



Many thanks to Christine Vinolo for singing this lullaby for us! Check out her site for more Tahitian music for kids.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Reva Goltz for contributing the 2nd version of this lullaby, for the French translation and the song notes. 1st version sent and translated into French by Christine Vinolo. 1st English translation by Mama Lisa.

Image: Gauguin

Mauruuru roa!