Samoan Song Translation: Afai e te Alofa

This song is so pretty. It’s one of my top 5 all-time favourite island jams, particularly the version by legendary Samoan band Five Stars. The message is simple: if you love me, come back to me. Here’s how I would translate it line by line: Afai e te alofa / If you love (as in,…

Samoana, Ala Mai: Translating Lota Nu’u

You know how at the end of a long Samoan (usually family) function, someone says the closing prayer then everybody gets up to sing a song together? I love that. Not just because it means we can go home soon and eat the food we’ve already loaded in the car (who does that?) ’cause of…

Samoan Lyrics: translating Naumati Lagona

Update 2015: I’ve seen this translation copy/pasted to several places around the web. I’m pleased that you all are reading me and that we’re sharing Samoan language knowledge, but please give credit when you refer to other people’s work. Or drop me a link, maybe? Or at least change the wording so it’s not word-for-word,…