Latest Punialava'a song responds to Samoan measles outbreak

Iconic Samoan family band Punialava’a will launch a new song in response to last year’s Samoan measles outbreak.

30th November, 2020

Latest Punialava'a song responds to Samoan measles outbreak
Iconic Samoan band Punialava'a. Photo/RNZ

By Elijah Fa'afiu - elijah.fa'afiu@pmn.co.nz

Iconic Samoan family band Punialava’a will launch a new song in response to last year’s Samoan measles outbreak.

The song titled Tagi le Atunu’u Pele, which translates to “lament a traumatised nation”, is a message of hope.

“No matter what we shall persevere, we put our faith in God and his grace to endure these things that we are going through," says Punialava’a member Nanai Viellani Lale Peteru.​​

“We were all shocked last year when the measles epidemic happened in Samoa. We know of one of our very close friends who had lost three of their children to this epidemic."

He says the pain caused by the outbreak continues to be shared among Samoa's "close-knit" community.

Peteru says the band felt the best way to respond to the measles outbreak was through song and music.

“We felt that it was our responsibility to help bring an ease and bring some form of hope to everyone that was affected by the measles outbreak in Samoa.

“It touches the feeling of patriotism, the feeling of belonging for back home in Samoa where we’re all from and it reaches to all Samoans across the world.”

Tagi le Atunu’u Pele was still in production when the Covid-19 pandemic enveloped the globe, leading to the band changing the lyrics to fit the current circumstances around the world.

“We changed the lyrics to include Covid-19 but we changed the lyrics to be more generic that if any shape or form of disaster were to hit our Samoan people, this song would be very much applicable to it," says Peteru.

The song launch will be held at Manukau's Woodside Bar tonight, where the band will showcase the Tagi le Atunu’u Pele music video for the first time.

“We would like to acknowledge Faumuina Jep Savali of Manatua for their partnership with Punialava'a and bringing this launch to fruition and also like to acknowledge our dear friend Emmanuel Ensink behind the production of Tagi le Atunu’u Pele.

“We worked for almost a year now on the song and finally it’s released. We’d like to invite anybody that’s available to come down to Woodside bar and enjoy this launch,” says Peteru.​