Wake up! It’s 2016! [video]

2015 is out the door in a couple of days – can you believe it? I’ve been spring cleaning our Samoan Lyrics database, finding all these musical gems from back in the day. And then I rediscovered Aaradhna. First it was the lyrics for ‘Down Time‘ and ‘I Love You Too‘ – those throwbacks to … Continue reading Wake up! It’s 2016!

Scarlet Lies – Mostly to Herself

A Review by Hamo Geek Girl WARNING: This post contains (a FEW) spoilers from the book, Scarlet Lies. So here’s why I don’t read romance novels. You know, those chick-lit ones narrated by yet another sad, lonely, neurotic female who lusts after an impossibly perfect demi-godly man, who by some miraculous mercy of fate happens … Continue reading Scarlet Lies – Mostly to Herself

Lies are Beautiful, When the Truth Hurts: Scarlet Lies

A Review by Keep it Hood WARNING: This post contains (a FEW) spoilers from the book, Scarlet Lies. OMG so where do I begin with Lani Wendt Young’s new book Scarlet Lies! Can you believe I read this whole book in one night as I was hooked and couldn’t let it go as I just … Continue reading Lies are Beautiful, When the Truth Hurts: Scarlet Lies

One Samoana’s first ever YouTube upload – Party in Mangere

So the uploading side of YouTube is completely new to me, but I was at Showtime Mangere 2014 last week with my secret phone camera and I captured this gem that I just had to share! The Taimua Malaeola Youth choir is a real treat to watch. They filled the entire evening with music, even … Continue reading One Samoana’s first ever YouTube upload – Party in Mangere

7 Reasons you should watch ‘Return to Paradise’

During a family reunion in Samoa ages and ages ago, a whole bunch of us piled onto a couple of those yellow wooden box buses (you know the kind) and took a tour around Samoa. It’s one of my most favorite childhood memories. We had grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and bratty babies all … Continue reading 7 Reasons you should watch ‘Return to Paradise’

Tama a Samoa – A modern classic of Samoan music

A few days ago, someone asked me why in our Samoan Lyrics database, the categories for Felise Mikaele and Kapena are both empty. Well, it’s an interesting and a kinda touchy story. If you’re Samoan, especially if you’ve got any interest in our rugby then you’ve most likely heard the song ‘Tama a Samoa‘… except, … Continue reading Tama a Samoa – A modern classic of Samoan music

A Samoan artist to watch: Lalovai Aisake Peseta

When I get rich and have a nice house with big empty walls, the first thing on my agenda will be to begin collecting art. Not just any art, though. I want to find work that reflects my culture and personality in unique and interesting ways… art that is a lot more refined and skilled … Continue reading A Samoan artist to watch: Lalovai Aisake Peseta

Translation for Falealili Uma – a song of victory

As with many traditional Samoan songs, Falealili Uma is not one that you can fully understand in English with a simple word for word translation. Even fluent speakers of Samoan still need to know some history, a few idioms and a little bit of geography to really grasp the meaning of this song. Thank you … Continue reading Translation for Falealili Uma – a song of victory

How to play guitar chords for just about any Samoan song [part 1]

We’ve received several requests in our Samoan Lyrics database for guitar chords, so today I want to show you an easy way to figure them out. The truth is, if you can play the chords for one Samoan song, you can play just about all of them. If you’re like, What? How? Then please allow … Continue reading How to play guitar chords for just about any Samoan song [part 1]

Love Samoan Music: Tiama’a

Do a little research and you’ll find that just about every great Samoan pop song today was either originally written by Tiama’a or heavily influenced by this legendary band. Not only is their musicianship – especially that lead guitar igi – flawless, their lyrics are some of the most profound and moving poetry you’ll find … Continue reading Love Samoan Music: Tiama’a