This is a family member, at the casket of the deceased. Appreciate it much. At times he had everybody laughing. I also have new knowledge that sopoaga is also from faleasiu from the maiava family where his family took music lessons as sopoaga was a pianist his nephews and grandchildren had a band called ‘matagi mai sasae’ from poutini sa’anapu where the song ‘ le matagie ,ua agi malu mai’ originated from. Can you email me – firstname.lastname@example.org? I told Mike that it looks like this dog must miss whoever it is that is burried here! For all of the three days of ceremony, these sweet ladies would often sit in the fale and sing songs. We don’t want to offend anyone but it’s a fact that borrowing music/words has been a common practice since the mid-1800’s. And Linda, how did you keep your eyes closed for what must have been at least half an hour??!! Would it be the same if I saw you in heaven? Watch Queue Queue (being a humble faifeau from kua could be one of the reasons).At that time Samoa did not have CopyRights to their songs to protect their work, Sopoagas last two remaining daughters have passed away over 2-3 years ago both in their 90’s. This song was written by a Minister Lauvi Anetelea Sopoaga Falealili he wrot it about a young boy named Timo who drowned. Anyone could borrow a popular music and write his/her own words. Faafetai tele, ua malie i taliga fia faalogo, to a well balanced educatedKeep up the good work, am so proud of you. Important information was recorded, some recorded incorrectly and some lost which is unfortunate. Samoan Lyrics is brought to you by One Samoana. I also studied Viis of songs from Savaii that people now claim wrote, that are actually written by people of special needs in wheelchairs/ or should I say market beggers that samoans themselves dont even want to acknowledge. We put them in our car for later. They are also to affirm the relationships between the village and the family of the deceased. It is also easier for families to maintain the graves if they are directly in front of the house. You are absolutely correct that there were a lot of borrowing tunes/words in the 1900s — present. I respect that Eseta in her own right composed the song to her 7year old daughter Anapogi but may have different verses to Sopoagas. His name is Sopoaga Unetera, he was a Faifeau of EFKS but back then it was called LMS. Christchurch EFKS a few years back had recently recorded it and paid tribute to the original composer. If you want more information about my family then I would be more than happy to share with you and yes my entire family are very musical. The one shown here would take several ladies several months to make. As with each of the preceeding days, food was an important part and we were given two large containers of food when we arrived at 7:30 in the morning. Lucky guy is surrounded by all those beauties. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Reply I had a chance to meet with uncle Matautia Pene at Malofou the other day, when he told me, an answer to my question about how he and his siblings got this musical talent? We attended the last day, when the service for the community was conducted, as well as the burial. Whichever option you go for, make the necessary arrangements to ensure that everything is ready on time. Pisu Palamo said her grandmother wrote it in the early 1900’s in Vaimoso and she wrote 17 verses. This song is sung at every funeral I go to and the harmony is just fitting for the sad occasion. It is a farewell to a loved one who’s gone home to rest with Ieova, our Lord. Sign up to get news from us straight to your inbox. I beleive that both of their families will have passed down to thier generations that they were both the original composers which they may have both been. I know my uncle Karauna Solomona/Apia was the first band director in Vaimoso in the 1800’s. Keeping a few things in mind will help you select the most suitable funeral music. According to retired Prof. Ueta Solomona (University of Fiji), his uncle Karauna Solomona was adopted by LMS missionaries (late 1800s?) They are holding yards and yards of fabric which they carried up the stairs and placed around the casket area. Sopoaga’s tomb and collect more info relating to this song. You’ll be surprised that some of the most beautiful songs were written by prisoners who loved to quote bible verses. Well, very interesting discussion! I remember a lot from growing up there though I will only list a few as we have many traditions in Samoa. Alofaaga. My wife Diana and I will visit Samoa again next year to conduct choral workshops for church choirs and more research in church music. It is only 10 feet from the main fale (home). This is an on-going project, and it That is where Karauna began his career as composer/band director. So, I suppose this must be where Karauna, Karene and others got their talent from. who started the first band in Malua. I like this - being close to family after death and always in mind, rather than some remote plot that might get visited on birthdays 5 years down the track. You’ll hear this beautiful lament at just about every Samoan funeral. His tunes have been borrowed with words revised by many faalumas for village choirs in flag day activities. “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Samoan Funeral Songs, Memorial Music Tips. You'll hear this beautiful lament at just about every Samoan funeral. When choosing funeral music, listen to the songs first so as to be sure that they are appropriate. Hi Paul so sorry for the delay, very interesting research. Sopoaga Lauvi Anetera is my Great Grandfather. You can contact me via my wife’s email dianapouesi@gmail or email@example.com if you need more info on old/new Samoan church music or traditional love songs. That intricate design was done first and now they are tiling the sides and preparing the top, which will have a large cement slab placed on it. The stake president invited Mike and I to come inside the fale and sit with the choir during the service. He said, Solomona, their father, Faifeau LMS of Apia, befriended/faauo with some German musicians (must be during the occupation of Samoa by Germany) who taught music to his children, these musicians brought various instruments like, brass, strings, piano & percussion. Ive reserached in Falealili and they actually use the song as a Vii to Timo, their version of the song has “Timo” in the verse Some of the other verses are biblical where sopoaga used quotes form the bible. Review the lyrics of the song. According to retired Prof. Ueta Solomona (University of Fiji), his uncle Karauna Solomona was adopted by LMS missionaries (late 1800s?) Also, keep in mind what their favorite songs were or which artists they liked. Wow then if Sopoaga is from the Maiava family in Faleasiu, then he must be related to Karene’s family ‘Au Salamo’ from Faleasiu. I’ve been busy with my hymnal projects. Ask them if there is anything offensive, which should not be played at the event. Mo’omo’oga is a common funeral song. very old age and death is so remote and clinical and outsourced in western cultures. I have to admit that I gained a whole new respect for those that can sit cross-legged. I am looking forward to meeting Eseta’s family in Vaimoso next year. Timo is Tumama Vili’s cousin. Alofaaga. You said he wrote it for Timo. I have Sopoagas original verses if you wanted to ponder over them I can email it to you. Talofa Sapphira — you posted Timo was drowned and Sopoaga said Timo fell from a coconut tree? It runs in the blood. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to Godʼs law, nor can it do so. My neighbors are Samoan and nice people. That is why I wanted to know if Timo was a son/daughter or member of the church. Talofa Sapphira – you posted Timo was drowned and Sopoaga said Timo fell from a coconut tree? I think it’s better to post your findings on this song after your research. I totally agree with you, hopefully with the new findings wont open a world war 3 lol Sopoaga and Eseta are probably from the same generation. If they had said which songs they would like to be played during their burial service, honor their wishes. Honestly I absolutely hate it when people try and claim my families songs as there own which is why I’m so happy that you’ve posted your comment. This is the choir singing a hymn during the LDS part of the service. You are absolutely correct that there were a lot of borrowing tunes/words in the 1900s – present. For the Lord is all my family needs. Who knows…Karauna and Eseta might be related or friends? This plexiglass covering went on top, after the body was placed inside. who started the first band in Malua. I also have families there. My friend HC Tauanu’u gave me that information when I was in Auckland, NZ presenting a paper on Samoan Ancient Music (Faleula Conference, 2007). I can give you many examples. Thanks. It would be interesting to find out about their music history/background. I know the Seumanutafa family in Apia – I’m related to them. It reminds me of a well-known composer Talitimu Toleafoa who wrote many traditional songs for many villages (e.g. Yes I agree its a lovely song that is used and loved by many. Many of my music are borrowed by others and then they insert other words to fit a special occasion (e.g. He led the Vaimoso brass band that led the Mau demonstration against New Zealand, the very demonstration during which Tamasese Lealofi was killed by New Zealand troops. Last Update: 2019-12-10 Usage Frequency:. This will help you avoid any potentially embarrassing situations. Mo'omo'oga sa molia i talosaga sa nofonofo fa'atasi i lenei olaga A o lenei ua vala'au ina oe e Ieova o lo taua leoleo... Adeaze's version of the Eric Clapton classic Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven?
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