Reggae tunes have Apia shaking its shoulders
Award-winning Jamaican reggae star Conkarah, Solomon Islander Rosie Delmah, and New Zealand-based Samoans Soul Brown and Sammy Atoa brought international talent to a concert in Apia.
The singers had the audience at the Taumeasina Island Resort shaking their shoulders all night on Friday.
Proud Samoan, Soul Brown, who recently beat cancer was back on home soil after a previous trip to Samoa last October, where he headlined a concert raising awareness about cancer.
On Friday night, he sang from the heart in a tribute to his country and the people who make him feel at home.
Soul’s tribute to Samoa goes: “Samoa the only place I long to be, my first love, my last, my only. I will tell the world about your beauty.”
The crowd was filled with people from different countries, with some travelling from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States to mix with the locals.
The night was overseen by MC Fata Raione Maserati (also known by his stage name, Mantis).
One tourist in the audience, Gaby Johna, said the $30 tala price of admission was well worth the chance to hear her favourite genre of music, reggae.
“I was sitting from up in my room (at Taumesina) and I heard all this reggae music coming from down her so I took my purse with me and ran here although I was coming alone,” she said.
“Hearing these beautiful singers made my trip more special in Samoa and I will definitely come back again.”
The singers were brought to the country by New Zealand's Poly Boys Entertainment.