Tracks: 1.) Manu Ole
Vave Ao 2.) Mua Ia Inā Mua Ao 3.) Ua Ao Pōpō, Ua
Ō Le Aso Ula 4.)Faiaogae, Lota Loto Naunau 5.) Samoa Ola’u
Fesili Po’o Le Ā Ea Sau Tali 6.) Mauga Ole Atu Olo 7.)
Savalivali Maia 8.) Si Fe’e, Si Fe’e Ao Lau Lama 9.) Mo’omo’oga
Sa Molia I Talosaga 10.) Ua Muālenei Po Ua Atoa Tupe Ile
Fafao 11.) Ua Atoatoa Tupe Ole Fafao 12.) Samoa E, Lo’u Atunu’u
Pele 13.) La’u Lupeua Lele 14.) Lo’u Atunuu Pele I Le Agaga
1976 the Ministry of Education of Samoa, under the Direction of
Fanafi Larkin, assembled a Samoan cultural preservation project.
The musical portion was recorded by Takoma Records over several
sessions and then presented in a performance (pictured on cover*).
Now, 30 years later, this important archival recording is being
released in the hopes that it fulfills its mission: the
preservation of Samoa’s musical culture.
thanks to the Second Samoan Church in Long Beach. Rev. Misipouena
Tagaloa introduced us to Toeaso Faatili (Samoan Language and
Culture), Maina Faiai (Choir Director), and Penny Laloulu (Piano
Player) who identified the songs, selected the best version in the
case of duplications (recorded at different sessions) and set the
also to Bill Coben and Denny Bruce of Benchmark Recordings for their part in fostering and
preserving this project.
Force: Dr. Fanafi Larkin; Location Producers & Recording
Engineering: Charles K. Mitchell & Jon Monday; Cover
Photograph: Jon Monday; Album Art: Anna Monday;
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