When I met Frank in 2015, we talked together about many things. One of them was not published in the interview for public. But it was really interesting and strong. So I saved it for later. And later is now.
I can tell you something about, who gave us good blessing. It was Karel Gott, when we visited his home in Bertramka. And he never met anybody that was Māori before. Many people in the Czech Republic, they think we are Indians. We look like some other culture and a lot of people don‘t know what Māori looks like. So it‘s the first introduction to our culture, to our people.
And it was the same with Karel Gott. He was so interested that he wanted the tatoos, that we had for our performances, on his face. And the lipstick. And he wanted to have the feathers. And he wanted to have the costume. And he showed us really great respect that he had for that. And he welcomed us into his home. We stayed in his home for four hours. In the beginning, we were complete strangers. After we left his home, we were friends.
And I can say the same thing for all the Czech people that welcomed us into their homes. In Moravia. In Bohemia. Everywhere. We were coming as strangers and we were leaving as friends. And that‘s why we keep coming back, because we have more friends to say: “Hello. How are you? Ahoj. Jak se máš? Jak se máte?”
And that‘s why we come, that‘s what it‘s all about. That‘s the friendship. It doesn‘t matter about politics, it doesn‘t matter about money. Music and dances are the strongest language in the world to bring the people together.