Samoa musos play for Harry Miller

Harry Miller performing during the Miller Brothers reunion concert raising funds for the Mapu i Fagalele Home for the Aged, Apia, 2011. [Photo by: Gerwin Polu]

Samoan musicians will be playing a special concert to honour and raise funds for one of Samoa’s best musicians who is undergoing treatment for advanced lung cancer in Auckland, New Zealand.

The concert will be staged at the Manumea Hotel, Vailima Monday 3 June 2013, the Independence public holiday and is organized by Mac To’omalatai and Etene Fau Sa’aga of the YNot group and Lance Polu of Tama Uli Band.

Harry Miller was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer after a near black out while playing for the opening of the Catholic Education Week at the Holy Family Cathedral on January 27.

Further CT scans in New Zealand identified a small brain tumor after another seizure.

“We are offering moral support for Harry and use the event to collect whatever money we can on the day that we will donate to help out in this difficult time,” says Mac To’omalatai.

“Many of us Samoan musicians know Harry as a person and friend and we’d like this concert as a tribute to him and his musical work that will live on in songs by his group AVA in songs such as We Are Samoa, Naunau ile Ufi, Eleni, Morning Star and many others,” says Etene Sa’aga.

Harry Miller’s unique guitar works is his signature as one of Samoa’s prominent guitarist/musician.
Harry is from a prominent musical family in Apia where his late father Willie Miller was perhaps Samoa’s first and finest jazz musician.

The Willie Miller Band which included Harry and his younger brothers Latū and Maua entertained at popular night clubs in Apia such as Surfside, Moon Glow and Tanoa. They were also sought after
to play for family, business and community events in both Samoa’s in their premier years from the late 1960′s up to the late 1970s.

The 3 Miller brothers reunited in Apia in 2011 to pay tribute to their aging father in a special fundraising concert for the Home for the Aged at Mapu-i-Fagalele where their father was a resident, a few weeks before the old man passed away at 94 years old.

Harry and journalist wife Monica moved to American Samoa in 1987 where the famous Ava Band was formed with Fa’anana Jerome Grey and Aleki Fuimaono. Harry has been music teacher at Fa’asaō Marist High School since 1995 and is also Director of the International Catholic Community Choir at Fatuoaiga.

The Fundraising Concert will feature Ynot, Afa Laban & daughter Simaima Laban, Tama Uli Band, Tony Laban, The Silva Bullet Band, Willie Rasmussen, Lyle Moors, Pisi Stanley, Muliaga Mamaia, Dave Parker, Stock, Frank & Sopo, Shane Rivers, Ben Vai, Siaosi Tuiletufuga, Fa’amanatu Solomona, Lesā Ilalio, Toleafoa Solomona To’ailoa, Te’o Richard Tapeni, Jennifer Nylon, Francis Silva, Toluma’anave Misiluki Su’a and many others.
The concert runs from 1.00pm to 6.p.m.


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