Samoan traditions get congregation on song

INCLUSIVE: Ofu Malava, right, with other members of the Samoan Methodist church group at rehearsals for tonight's special celebration for Australia's Samoan community in Sydney. Photo: GARY SCHAFER

Enter the Queanbeyan Uniting Church on any given night and you might expect to see a small group of people quietly worshiping. Visit the church after dark a few days before Christmas and carolers of a different kind will resound.

From Samoan carols and the hand-clapping, feet-stomping traditional dance fa'ataupati to traditional Methodist carols and carols with a twist, there is not a person in the room who doesn't join in or sing along when the Samoan Methodist Youth Group choir gets together for rehearsals.


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