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  • Audio CD (13 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musicaphon
  • ASIN: B000027GNL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Standing-Dance Song (1910) 1:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Standing-Dance Song (1967) 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. War Song (1910) 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. War Song (1940) 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ula Dance Song (1910) 1:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Song of the 1918 Epidemic (1966) 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Song of the 1918 Epidemic (1968) 5:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Song of the Spirit Te'e (1969) 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Song in Honour of a Marriage (1967) 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Song of the Mau Rebellion (1940) 8:25Album Only
Listen11. Song of Political Lament (1940) 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Song of Praise 5:05£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The wife asked me to review this. See she speaks Samoan like a princess, formal chat and all that. Me, I have a few words that I use on the cat and daughter like. So, she said this is a great record of oral histories in song. Given recordings date back to 1910, it also captures songs which may have had their origins in pre Christian times. There is also a song commemarating the 1918 flu epidemic, not to mention the Mau rebellion. Oh, marriage, war, standing dance and politcal lament-and don't we all need that at the moment. For me, as a palagi, I note there are no songs on eating and drinking, something in my view Samoans have down as a world sport that they excel in. Be mindful, some of the recordings are scratchy but the wife said the words are the treasure and the way of stringing them together a thing of beauty. So Samoans, young and old, this is something to prize and remind you of the power and beauty of Samoan music and culture. Of course I will just doze, as I do, at the next family gathering when the oldies put this on the turntable and get down with it. Samoan miusic did not start with Savage, or the skinny one in the Laughing Samoans and you know the other one is Elvis living away from fame and fortune and all those mothers who want to marry him off to their daughters. And you think it is hard being a Geordie? Seek, find and enjoy.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TRUE ROOTS MUSIC! 5 July 2000
By damian seui - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I got this album from my dad and it is truly the roots for Samoans in the world today. I live in Salt Lake City, and it's a pretty churchy town as the world knows and with the translations from my dad and mother I've "Come closer to God" through most of the songs on this album. I know that the album is a bit scratchy and hard to understand, but that is probably the best part of the cd...AUTHENTICITY, and the chants and harmonies of the voices of SAMOA are still heard crystal clear to the open ear.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
let the music speaks 24 Nov. 2000
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being a full blooded Savaiian,this album surprises me.The ancient songs that are handed down from generations to generations is what this "project" is all about. If your a proud Hamo like me, this album should be included in your family music collection.Much faafetai to those who put it all together!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Worth saving traditional sounds that may not fire IPods globally 29 Aug. 2012
By "Belgo Geordie" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The wife asked me to review this. See she speaks Samoan like a princess, formal chat and all that. Me, I have a few words that I use on the cat and daughter like. So, she said this is a great record of oral histories in song. Given recordings date back to 1910, it also captures songs which may have had their origins in pre Christian times. There is also a song commemorating the 1918 flu epidemic, not to mention the Mau rebellion. Oh, marriage, war, standing dance and political lament-and don't we all need that at the moment. For me, as a palagi, I note there are no songs on eating and drinking, something in my view Samoans have down as a world sport that they excel in. Be mindful, some of the recordings are scratchy but the wife said the words are the treasure and the way of stringing them together a thing of beauty. So Samoans, young and old, this is something to prize and remind you of the power and beauty of Samoan music and culture. Of course I will just doze, as I do, at the next family gathering when the oldies put this on the turntable and get down with it. Samoan music did not start with Savage, or the skinny one in the Laughing Samoans and you know the other one is Elvis living away from fame and fortune and all those mothers who want to marry him off to their daughters. And you think it is hard being a Geordie? Seek, find and enjoy.
Excellent introduction to old Samoan songs 27 July 2009
By Mr. V. Refiti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was very pleasantly suprised by this compilation of old Samoan songs. Two songs were recorded in 1910 when a group of Samoans led by Tamasese visited Berlin. Others were recorded by the radio broadcasting agencies of Samoa and New Zealand, all before 1970. These songs are all of ancient origin or of traditional composition. None feature instruments other than clapping, the voice or the fala. In fact, they sound random and spontaneous. The subject themselves range from glee at the destruction of Manono by German warships, to a creepy wailing song about the impending doom of a village due to some unknown indiscretion, to grieving songs about the Spanish influenza and the Mau movement, to a song based on an old Savai'i myth. If you are at all interested how the old Samoa sounded like before the influence of modern Western music, this collection is an absolute necessity.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
um...well...yeah, uh huh...okay... 23 Feb. 2003
By Stacie Titialii - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
well...I tell you what, I know samoan music and during my "review"...the samples played were latin music. I don't remember the urge in breaking into a "Flamenco" when I hear my all time favorite "Manu O Le Vaveao"...
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