“We Are Samoa” – UNESCO Internat'l Jazz Day 2020
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Samoan Musicians from around world came together to perform a Virtual Song for the UNESCO International Jazz Day (IJD).
The Annual Global event went "Virtual" due to the global COVID 19 pandemic and invited participation from around the Globe. Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival – 2Samoas was cancelled this year due to the virus – invited some of those musicians who were due to participate – and other musicians from previous festivals to collaborate in a Song to commemorate this day.
The iconic "We are Samoa” written and recorded 40 years ago by legendary Fa’anana Jerome Grey and AVA ,was fitting for the universal theme and global pandemic.
Re-arranged by Dr Opeloge Ah Sam especially for the UNESCO International Jazz Day 2020 Virtual Global celebration the song features; Fa’anana Jerome Grey and his musician son Loa Greyson (US), Tui Letuli (American Samoa); Hannah Elise (NZ); Eddie Lolesi (Australia); Dylan Elise (NZ/US based); Papali’i Etene Taimalelagi (US); Pauga Joey Cummings (American Samoa); Ulale Pusi Ulale (American Samoa); Tuileisu Pouesi (American Samoa); Angeline Afo (American Samoa) and Latafale Auva’a (NZ). Produced by Mack Tane (NZ) on behalf of the Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival - 2Samoas.
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