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Capital’s performers give love for the islands

Oct 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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Crowds anxious to show their support for Samoa at the tsunami relief concert in Wellington.

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Laughing Samoans Ete Etuati and Tofiga Fepulea'i.

ETE ETUATI, of Wellington comedy duo The Laughing Samoans, says it’s hard being a laughing Samoan “when there is so much pain back home”.

Ete was speaking about being part of the I Love the Islands nationwide sell-out concert that ended in the capital this week.

The other Laughing Samoan, Tofiga Fepulua’i, found it difficult being far away from home after the September tsunami.

“It’s good that we are able to use our talents and give back to our people in Samoa.”

Avina Kelekolio, of Wellington-based group Beatrootz, agrees and says it was an awesome opportunity to perform.


Dance troupe Legacy after their I Love the Islands performance.

I Love the Islands brought musicians including Scribe, Savage, Iva Lamkum, Bella Kalolo, Adeaze, the Yandall sisters, TJ Taotua, Ben Makisi, Rosita Vai and the Mission City Choir together to raise money to help rebuild Samoa.

Other performers were Julie Ta’ale, Ruia Aperahama, Musical Island Boys, Beatrootz and world dance competition success story Legacy all performed for free.
Singer Iva Lamkum, of Wellington, says she was supporting those who had lost family. “I have friends who have been affected, so this is to help them.”

Wellington City Council representative Marie Retimanu Pule says bringing the concert to the capital took a lot of time and effort.

“We had hotels offering rooms for free and the bar Hope Brothers put on a great after-function. The Michael Fowler Centre fed all our guests – the support was overwhelming.”


Singers Iva Lamkum and Bella Kalolo.

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MC Oscar Kightley

Rapper Scribe, of Christchurch, says the concert has been a personal crusade as his family have been personally affected. “It’s a terrible tragedy.”

Auckland hip-hop artist Savage says it’s important the money goes to where it is needed: “So I’m going to Samoa and delivering that cheque.”

Writer, actor and director Oscar Kightley, MC for the concert, says rebuilding efforts in Samoa will be long and painful.

“Samoan people will get up and face it, do what they need to do to overcome the tragedy. They are doing it already.”


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