Samoan Soul singer who found music through cancer teaches others to stay upbeat

Cancer inspired Samoan Soul Brown to take up singing. Now he wants to use singing to inspire those with cancer. 

The New Zealand based Samoan battled cancer for six years. 

In Samoa on tour this week, the singer told the Samoa Observer he now wants to use his music to reach young people who are going through cancer to tell them not to give up on their dreams. 

Speaking at Taumesina Island Resort where he performed a concert yesterday, the 27-year-old said the experience of going through cancer made him a singer.

“When I was in the hospital for surgery in 2009 and couldn't move, my favourite thing to do was writing songs,” he said.

“Ever since then, I had just been writing songs and it’s a blessing because without the experience of cancer, I might not have started writing songs and do music to inspire others.”

The name of one song he wrote on his hospital bed was: 'Don’t sweat it'. The theme of the tune is the ways in which life can get you down but also turn back around. 

Mr. Brown was diagnosed with osteosarcoma - or bone cancer - in 2003 and had nine months of chemotherapy. He was only 11 years old.

After consulting the doctors in New Zealand, they told him a rugby injury ruptured a cancerous tumour and made it spread.

“Because I was playing rugby on that day and I thought it was a rugby injury but it didn’t go away so I was just sort of a bit worried and so I went to the doctors and they told me that it was cancer,” he said.

But 2019 is his tenth year of being declared post-remission and the tenth year he now counts as a blessing. 

“I want people to be really supportive especially their family members and communities but what I’m trying to do now with my music is show especially our young people that are going through cancer that they can make their dreams happen and that anything is still possible,” he said.

“It’s been a blessing having to survive this and being able to now share positive messages and meeting new people, sitting down and talking about it and sharing hope.

“I’m always reminded by my family and even by strangers and friends that I survived cancer so I can’t let that get me down now as I’m still alive."

Brown's first song was released in 2011 and, since then, he has been consistently putting out music with a hopeful message.

“Something I’d also love to do is writing a song about the experience of cancer and share some hopeful songs but also I’m working on connecting with other cancer survivors," he said. 

Brown lived in Savai'i in 1999 and went to school for one year at St. Theresa's in Savai'i.

His mother is from Malaemalu and Afega and his father is from Ti’avea and they currently reside in Auckland New Zealand.

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