We all know that music can set the scene for any occasion. It can make you feel sad when it reminds you of a memory of someone you loved. Music can also bring you happiness and pump you up for things to come. Music has been a huge part of my life, especially Samoan music. Here are our favourite Samoan songs and why.
La’u Lupe Ua Lele
When I was learning Samoan at university we had to do a group performance of a Samoan song. La’u Lupe Ua Lele was the song we chose and is one of my favourite because it was the first Samoan song that I learned off by heart.
Fika Mai Le Pese – Zipso
This song was released when I first moved to Samoa. It reminds me of riding in the back of a ute while driving through the mountains. It reminds me of my son and his cousin singing along so loudly you could barely hear the radio. It makes me happiness.
Faafetai i Le Atua
This song reminds me of my grandmothers. When we held lotu in the evenings this was a song that I remembered the most. It still brings tears when I hear it because while at the time I was not interested in being present at lotu, it is now one of my fondest memories of Samoa.
Malu Afiafi – Ben Vai
I heard this song when my Samoan was not much more than hello, goodbye and can I have some money. I didn’t know what it was about, all I knew was that it was beautiful and made me smile. Many of Ben Vai’s songs were close to making this list and I am sure they will stay with us all. R.I.P. Ben Vai.
We Are Samoa – Jerome Grey
Other than the Samoan National Anthem there is no other song that makes me stand up and sing my heart out. I feel so proud to be Samoan when I hear this song.
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We know that these are just a few of the many Samoan songs available. If you have a song that you would like to recommend to us, comment below.