• Syrian Refugees sing a Traditional Samoan Tune

    Syrian Refugees sing a Traditional Samoan Tune

    Teacher Randall Wendt & his Syrian refugee  students perform a Samoan song for us and he shares a bit about the work he is doing in Beirut. Talofa Lava & Welcome, Muamua, ou te faafetai i le Atua mo lenei avanoa. Thank God for this opportunity to be able to share this beautiful musical selection from my students as they sing an old traditional Sāmoan tune called, “La’u Lupe”. I am a 7th grade teacher for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Currently I am serving my 3rd year in the Middle East and North Africa region—one year in Egypt as a high school teacher and 2 years in Lebanon as an elementary teacher at the Adventist Learning Center (ALC). Here at the ALC, we primarily provide a faith-based elementary education to Syrian refugee children ages 6-12+ who have missed more than one year of schooling due to issues related to war and relocation to a new country.  As an NPO, we fundraise 70% of our budget. Our students who attend our Center enjoy the privilege of receiving a free education only made possible through generous donations and financial contributions. For example, this year we were able to add a seventh grade classroom for the first time, ever. Next school year, we’re pushing to add an eighth grade! In addition, this year we were also able to begin an off-campus tent school (our newly satellite campus) for Syrian refugees living in tents near the border of Lebanon & Syria. Here at our main campus, we have about 90 students in total and roughly 30 students attending our tent school. God has truly blessed us this year and we believe that God will continue to do so! To make a donation: gofundme.com/nvt7y-education-for-syrian-refugees At the ALC, we believe in making life better especially for our children, the future generation. Through education our mission is to instill hope and to show God’s love. Our students have dreams and aspirations too; many want to become doctors, soccer players, history teachers, English teachers, lawyers, civil engineers and so much more! What we do at the Center is to give them that opportunity by planting that seed of hope; that despite war, they have the opportunity to achieve their goals.

  • Fiji Time - Ronnie Simpson

    Fiji Time - Ronnie Simpson

    Check out the visuals for "Fiji Time" by Fijian artist Ronnie Simpson. The song talks about the pace of life in the beautiful Fiji Islands.

  • Hilo March - Kalani Pe'a

    Hilo March - Kalani Pe'a

    "Hilo March" is a song written by Joseph K. Ae'a off of Kalani Pe'a's sophomore album titled "No 'Ane'i" released August 10th 2018. Kalani won the Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 2019 Grammys for this album "No 'Ane'i"  Purchase "Hilo March" here http://www.kalanipeamusic.com/music

  • ONE4U - SWISS ft ELEPHANTMOUSE

    ONE4U - SWISS ft ELEPHANTMOUSE

    Swiss coming through with visuals for his single 'One4U' featuring ElephantMouse. The track features on Swiss' Hitman EP.

  • E le'o a'u se fufulu ulo - Mr Cowboy

    E le'o a'u se fufulu ulo - Mr Cowboy

    Sam Chookoon aka Mr Cowboy grabbed our attention with his original Samoan song 'E le'o a'u se fufulu ulo' about a broken relationship & being treated like dirt by the woman he loves. It wasn't the subject matter that got our attention though - it was the fact it's very obviously a Country Music song.   We talked to Sam to find out where he got his love of country music from & what else he has coming up.  Check out our interview with him below.  Thank you to Janene Cissi for the assist.  All images by Janene Cissi {{12150}} Sam:  I am born and currently live in Samoa in the small village of Vaitoloa which is about a 5 minute drive from the centre of Apia town. I live with my parents and extended family and I attended Pesega College.  {{12153}} You recently released a country song in Samoan - how long have you been doing music and what was your journey into the country genre? Like all Samoan kids I attended Sunday school but I was frustrated that I couldn’t hit the high notes like the other kids. My dad saw how upset I was and introduced me to Elvis Presley, from there I got into Jim Reeves, Dwight Yoakam, Charley Pride, George Straight, Patsy Cline etc. My  interest in singing "low key" songs just fuelled my passion for country music and I believe the pace and tone of the genre best represents the way I live in Samoa.  {{12157}} What struggles have you experienced coming up in the music industry? There hasn’t been any struggles because this has always been a hobby/passion so making a name was never a motivation. I would go to karaoke places with friends and I would sing country, and I didn’t really care what people thought. It was just "my thing" and it just so happens to be that people have taken a liking to it. People get a shock when I sing really old country songs but its not me trying to be vintage or sound classic... that’s what I grew up on haha! That’s really all I know and continue to know, country music is my life even though I dress and look like a rapper. {{12160}} What do you have coming up that we can look out for and what goals do you have for the future? The plan is to record 2 albums this year and do some shows overseas in NZ, AU, HAWAII & USA. I still have a lot to learn about the genre and the beautiful thing about being a musician is that every day it brings a new idea, so youre always learning. I have to say, since Ive been sharing my music on social media it is really encouraging to see a lot of fellow pacific islanders supporting country. I never planned to be the "Pied Piper of country music" in the islands but its great to see people coming out and saying they love country. Its just awesome. {{12162}} He has the visuals for his latest single 'O le Alofa' due to be released next week  {{12147}} Follow him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrcowboy62 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrcowboyofficial/ and check out his cover of the The Eagles 'Love will keep us Alive' below  {{12148}} 

  • OFA MAI - DJ Noiz remix ft Konecs & Vili Langi

    OFA MAI - DJ Noiz remix ft Konecs & Vili Langi

    DJ Noiz teams up with Konecs & Vili Langi for the remix of 'Ofa Mai' 

  • LET'S DO IT AGAIN - J BOOG

    LET'S DO IT AGAIN - J BOOG

    Throwin it back to this oldie but goodie by Samoan Grammy nominated, reggae artist J Boog - Do it again! ps are they still playing this at the end of the night at 'Rehab?' ;)  

  • Thank You / Fa'afetai - The Katinas

    Thank You / Fa'afetai - The Katinas

    The Katinas perform one of their most popular songs - an oldie but goodie in both English & Samoan.

  • MY WAY - OLIVIA FOA'I

    MY WAY - OLIVIA FOA'I

    Olivia Foai’s 2nd single “My Way” goes back to her Polynesian roots while still maintaining a mainstream feel. A bilingual Tokelauan-English track, “My Way” displays a unique balance between tribal and pop. Produced by her brother (master percussionist of Te Vaka and composer of “Te Vaka Beats”) Matatia Foa’i, this track promises fresh rhythms and authenticity. 

  • This Christmas - Tenelle

    This Christmas - Tenelle

    Samoan soul singer Tenelle performs her cover of 'This Christmas' featuring Jelly & Ithran 

  • Take Her - Common Kings

    Take Her - Common Kings

    The official video for 'Take Her' off the Common Kings 'Lost in Paradise' album. Download/Stream the new One Day EP by Common Kings: https://fanlink.to/oneday

  • Drift Away - Sons of Zion

    Drift Away - Sons of Zion

    This track has been nominated for Single of the Year at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards and the group are also up for Best Roots artist.

  • Joy to the World - The Katinas

    Joy to the World - The Katinas

    The Katina Brothers sing 'Joy to the World' in their front yard. Those harmonies tho! 

  • EMILY MULI - Too Good To Be True/Nothing Even Matters covers

    EMILY MULI - Too Good To Be True/Nothing Even Matters covers

    Young Tongan singer Emily Muli has just finished touring and opening for Aaradhna on her 'Winters End Tour'  She delivers a soulful mash-up of Lauryn Hill’s ‘Too Good To Be True’ / ‘Nothing Even Matters’ in this Parachute Live session.

  • LALOMU - Kid Nesian ft Chi Ching Ching

    LALOMU - Kid Nesian ft Chi Ching Ching

    PNG reggae artist Kid Nesian has recently dropped the video for his song "Lalomu" featuring Chi Ching Ching from Jamaica. It's a historic collaboration and is the first ever PNG x Jamaica music link up!  The song is sung in english and Kid Nesian's native dialect from the Central Province of Motu.  The video promotes the beauty of the islands in both PNG and Jamaica.

  • LET's KICK IT - Poetik ft Melodownz

    LET's KICK IT - Poetik ft Melodownz

    You can pre-order Samoan rapper Poetik's sophomore album 'Hamofied' which is expected to drop at the end of September - just click on the online link here In the meantime peep the visuals for the first single off the upcoming album 'Let's Kick it' featuring Melodownz.

  • Vince Harder - Not Gonna Let Go

    Vince Harder - Not Gonna Let Go

    Vince Harder is back with a new track from his latest EP "Colours" - 'Not Gonna let Go' 

  • Slow Wind - Swiss

    Slow Wind - Swiss

    Taking it back to the beginning of Swiss' career with his breakout hit 'Slow Wind' 

  • SWAY - Nase Foa'i

    SWAY - Nase Foa'i

    Check out the visuals for Nase Foa'is latest track 'Sway'  Liana Foa'i, co-founder of Dynasty Productions said that the vision for Sway was originally to make people Smile & feel good.   "We decided on "Sway" as it seemed to be a universal word that works across all dance styles so it seemed to fit. We asked the international poly dance community to help us by creating a dance to the track.   The footage and response we got back was so amazing. So many dancers were willing to take the time to film themselves to help create this video. There were far too many clips to put all on the video although we did try." says Liana    "We hope people feel good after listening to it and watching the amazing dancers in it. We were inspired by them as we put the video together. Hope you enjoy!"   Amongst the dancers featured on the clip are 2 Miss Samoa NZ's from 2016 & 2017 - Naomi Eta Fruean and Natalie Leitulagi Toevai, 2 Tahitian dance champions Melanie Amen (in white) and Onaku Ellis (in red) & fire knife dancer Moemoana Schwenke.

  • Dilworth Boys - Pasifika Medley

    Dilworth Boys - Pasifika Medley

    An Amazing SAMOAN, TONGAN, and FIJIAN Pasifika Medley Performance By All Boys Dilworth School Located in Auckland, New Zealand.  Song 1 Tofa Mai Feleni (Samoan)  Song 2 Kolofonua / Fala `O Ata (Tongan)  Song 3 Oqo Na Noqu Masu (Fijian) 

  • Mojo Juju - Native Tongue ft the Pasefika Vitoria Choir

    Mojo Juju - Native Tongue ft the Pasefika Vitoria Choir

    The official music video for Mojo Juju's 'Native Tongue' from the album 'NATIVE TONGUE'. Born Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga in regional NSW to a Filipino father & a mother with Indigenous roots, Juju spent the first half of her life answering a question she hated being asked: “What percentage Indigenous/Filipino are you?” Check out why 'The Feed' are calling it 'Australia's Music video of the year' here

  • SWIDT - Conquer

    SWIDT - Conquer

    The lead single off SWIDT's Stoneyhunga:  The Bootleg EP, it made the top 20 nominations for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Awards which recognises outstanding achievement in songwriting.

  • KINGS - Temporary Me

    KINGS - Temporary Me

    It's Kings first single off his 2nd Studio album titled "TWO"  The track made the top 20 nominations for the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Awards which recognises outstanding achievement in songwriting. Kings’ went back to his roots shooting and editing this entire video on his iPhone (like he did with his 1st music video 'Don't Worry Bout it' 

  • Feels Like Magic - Horsemen Family

    Feels Like Magic - Horsemen Family

    Vibe to this South Auckland classic 'Feels like Magic' featuring Devolo from the Deceptikonz and Sweet & Irie frontman Edward Ru. The song was certified Gold in 2012 and celebrates it's 10 year anniversary this year.

  • Kid Nesian - Into You

    Kid Nesian - Into You

    Fast rising Papua New Guinea island reggae sensation Kid Nesian detours from his signature island reggae style and brings something fresh & new with his latest release. 'Into You' is a Pop/RnB reggae track bringing fresh summertime vibes perfect for a relaxing day on the beach with your significant other.

  • PUNIALAVA'A - Medley

    PUNIALAVA'A - Medley

    Five decades of music accomplishment was recognised at the 2018 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards  when Punialava’a received the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award. The group was formed in the Samoan village Vailele in 1968 by former school teacher Rev. Iosefa Lale Peteru (Lale), and has been creating music for more than 50 years. They perform a medley of their most popular and most covered songs at the awards ceremony.

  • Outta Time - Ladi6

    Outta Time - Ladi6

    Official video clip for Outta Time From the Royal Blue 3000 EP 2018 Filmed on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Directed by Garth @ Thievery Studio "...This video is as as much about the 6s as it is about the song, Outta Time. The fans who responded to my call out give me life! The appreciation and gratitude I have for you for giving me your time is palpable.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! #ladi6xsamsungs9 He aha te mea nui o te ao What is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata It is the people, it is the people, it is the people Maori proverb (and a sentiment I share) Love ladi x..."

  • Tha Movement - Graduation

    Tha Movement - Graduation

    Growing up in urban Aotearoa, for some of our New Zealand born Pacific youngsters, it was common practice for parents to threaten to send their children “back to the islands” if they got themselves into any serious trouble. “Graduated” is the true story of what happened to a young south Auckland Sāmoan boy when the threat became a reality and he was sent to his parents birth place without a return ticket. Graduated is track 1 on Tha Movement’s “The Undisciplined Son EP” produced by Anonymouz, who is a finalist for Best Producer Award at this week’s Pacific Music Awards.   (Graduated lyrics by Tha Movement.  Music recorded, arranged and produced by Anonymouz)    

  • Here to Stay - Mareko

    Here to Stay - Mareko

    An oldie but goodie from South Auckland rapper Mareko.  It was the lead single off his critically acclaimed debut solo album 'White Sunday'. Prior to this we'd seen Mareko in Hip Hop group Deceptikonz. Fun fact - this track samples Lou Rawls 'Need you Forever' 

  • JessB - Set it Off

    JessB - Set it Off

    Set it off music video challenging stereotypes, breaking barriers & poppin more melanin on screen!

  • Watchin You - Ardijah

    Watchin You - Ardijah

    Classic PolyFonk from New Zealand band 'Ardijah' with their hit single 'Watching you' from the 1988 'Take a Chance' album.

  • Is that Enough - Sons of Zion Ft Aaradhna

    Is that Enough - Sons of Zion Ft Aaradhna

    Aaradhna teams up with the Sons of Zion Boys on this beautiful love song ...

  • BROTHER - Smashproof ft Gin Wigmore

    BROTHER - Smashproof ft Gin Wigmore

    The Smashproof boys - Tyree, Deach & Sid Diamond and their 2009 summer hit featuring Gin Wigmore. The song broke a 23-year-old record by clocking up the longest consecutive run at number-one by a local act on the New Zealand Singles Chart!

  • I Love You - Cydel

    I Love You - Cydel

    Southside soul duo Cydel - Saipele 'Pele' Nili and David 'Dee' Letoa of Groovehouse Records have been serving us Poly soul & funk for over 20 years now. Here's one of their more recent releases 'I Love You' 

  • The Lord is My Light - Adeaze

    The Lord is My Light - Adeaze

    ADEAZE performing 'The Lord is my Light' at the EZI CCF Youth Cafe Nite fundraiser

  • Down Time - Aaradhna

    Down Time - Aaradhna

    Aaradhna's debut single in 2006 off her album 'I Love You' 

  • If Only - Teeks

    If Only - Teeks

    The smooth soul sounds of Teeks with 'If Only' 

  • 'Bang on' - Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E ft Mack 10

    'Bang on' - Boo Yaa T.R.I.B.E ft Mack 10

    Warning:  Explicit Lyrics  #RIP Ted 'Godfather' Devoux  Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is an American hip hop group from Carson, California, composed of the Devoux brothers Paul, Ted, Donald, Roscoe, Danny, David and Vincent. Their family is from American Samoa. They became popular after touring in Japan in the mid 1980's, where they were initially known as the "Blue City Crew." The "Boo-Yaa" in their name signifies the sound of a shotgun being discharged, while the "T.R.I.B.E." stands for "Too Rough International Boo-Yaa Empire." According to hip-hop documentarians, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. is "synonymous with hip hop in Los Angeles."

  • Loimata o le Fiafia - Annie Grace

    Loimata o le Fiafia - Annie Grace

    From Annie Grace's album 'Journey' - enjoy this Samoan language song ...

  • Mixed Feelings - Anuhea & Sammy J

    Mixed Feelings - Anuhea & Sammy J

    Hawai'ian artist Anuhea's latest collab with our boy Sammy J!