“– our people have music in their souls”
This past Saturday at the Su'igaula Park in Utulei, beach goers and music lovers tuned into the sound and rhythms of young local musicians during the free Summer Jam Concert, an effort led by the Pouesi Family from Aua, and it brought out not only the young and some unknown talent, but some well known veteran musicians as well.
Samoa News spoke to various veteran musicians that attended the event, including Ulale Ulale (keyboardist/soloist) who said, “For me personally, this is a wonderful event especially for the youth and children on island. I'm thankful that someone came up with the idea and continued to push to make it happen.”
He said, “Our young generation needs this type of activity, not only to showcase their talents, but to give them something to believe in and look forward to. I'm glad it got started, and I hope it continues because we're witnessing the talent and skills of our kids.”
Well-known veteran musicians in American Samoa (left to right) Ulale Ulale, Si'uleo Pouesi, and Arona Nagaseu posing for a group photo after turning out to support young musicians and their free Summer Jam Concert that was held last Saturday at Su'igaula Park in Utulei. [photo: TG]
Ulale continued, “I think all of our businesses, the private sector and government agencies should consider sponsoring these sort of activities and programs for our youth – our people have music in their souls and if they don't have something like this to look forward to, then we're just neglecting their talents within the field of music and the possibilities of a future.”
Another veteran musician who came out to show his support, Arona Nagaseu said, “So far I'm enjoying myself and loving the effort put together by these kids – I know that everyone in attendance and around us are loving the vibes coming out of our kids.”
He added, “We really need to construct and coordinate more events like this — as we know how talented and musical our Samoan people are. I pray that these sorts of events will be much more supported by not only our people, but those with the power to financially support the coordination of such a program.”
Samoa News interviewed Si'uleo Pouesi, the father of the Pouesi kids who led the effort of the Summer Jam Concert – and he said, “We've been thinking of a way to bring everyone together especially during the Summer to give our kids a chance to show their musical talent — talent that needs to be exposed – it’s not something that should be thrown to the side or hidden.”
Emphasizing the fact that the our young people should not hide or deny their musical talents, Si'uleo told Samoa News, “Just like sports and all the other programs that draw the attention of our youth – this is a great way for our young local musicians and upcoming talent to get together meet each other and share with each other ways and idea of taking music to another level – we should not neglect our children's talent and skills. God has different ways of bringing joy and cheer within our humanity, and music is one of them.”
Si'uleo said a number of other musicians were involved in this effort alongside his kids, and that his kids’ band has been alive and jamming for more than 6 years and is still going.
Reflecting on last Saturday's overall effort, he said, “I know it was raining this morning, and we had some doubts about the rain ruining our effort – but the sun is out, and it's a wonderful day for an event like this, I know God is with us.”
Si’uleo said lots of different styles were on Saturday’s musical menu including reggae, island-style, Samoan, and even some rap.
Acknowledging those who supported the effort, Si'uleo said, “I would like to thank some of the businesses out there who helped support us in this effort, and also individuals who played a big part in supporting us and bringing our young talent out to get exposure."
“God-willing that future efforts of this kind will be supported by the Government and people of our island, to promote our young musicians,” he said.
Members of the public who came out to enjoy the free Summer Jam Concert that was held last Saturday at Su'igaula Park – an effort led by local artists to promote young musicians and to discover some of the hidden musical talent here on island. [photo: TG]