Beyoncé took her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” to New Zealand last week, performing in Auckland four nights in a row. It was just one fierce night after another until it ultimately culminated in the fiercest send-off of all: the haka.
The haka—a cultural war dance by the indigenous people of New Zealand—is best recognized around the world by the country’s All Blacks rugby team who perform it before all their international games to intimidate their opponents and to honor distinguished guests by sharing a piece of their culture.
Beyoncé is obviously a distinguished guest.
The backstage crew of her concerts performed the dance for Beyoncé following her last show. She was so moved by the surprise, she joined in with the tradition to express her appreciation for it.
“WAS AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO HAKA FOR HER!” wrote one of the men, Kereama Te Ua, in the YouTube comments of the video. “For a haka boy like me it’s a dream come true!”