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A taste of France in Samoa: Le Petit Café 

Located near the well known Mailelani Samoa Skincare and Natural Beauty products factory at Papauta is a recently opened small homey café that promises to give you a taste of France in Samoa.

Le Petit Café offers French style breakfast served with a smile by a small team of beautiful young ladies whose bubbly attitude will leave customers in a good mood for the rest of the day.

The café which was officially opened on Friday is operated by Tailani Salanoa with family and friends being her pillars of support.

Le Petit is unique in a way that they are strict with serving only French style breakfast (not the traditional toast and eggs).

Motivated by her parent’s wishes to have a café along with their factory, Tailani used her interest in cooking and baking to fulfill both her and her parent’s dreams.


http://www.samoaobserver.ws/en/14_03_2016/local/3626/A-taste-of-France-in-Samoa-Le-Petit-Caf%C3%A9.htm

 

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“Anuhea – Higher Than The Clouds” 

“Anuhea – Higher Than The Clouds” 

Rylee Anuheakeʻalaokalokelani Jenkins (born December 10, 1985), better known as Anuhea, is a Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised on the island of Maui, she is of Caucasian, Hawaiian and Chinese descent. Her debut album Anuhea was released on April 21, 2009. Her second album, For Love, was released on February 14, 2012. Her third album Butterflies: Anuhea Live, was released on September 17, 2013 through Mailboat Records, a record label started by Jimmy Buffett. She is currently writing and recording new music, and has currently released two new singles under Mailboat Records, “Sweet Thing” (a remake of Rufus’s 1973 hit; Mary J Blige also had a hit with this song in 1992 ), and “Island Inside Me”, an original written with a Kickstarter Backer Brian Fielkow.
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Menu In The Sky – New Zealand (South Pacific)

How comfortable would you be, having an exquisite, delicious meal midair New Zealand?


“Dinner in the Sky is a hosted dining table, suspended at a height of 50 metres by a team of professionals”.


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New Zealand’s cuisine is largely driven by local ingredients and seasonal variations. An island nation with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand yields produce from land and sea. Similar to the cuisine of Australia, the cuisine of New Zealand is a diverse British-based cuisine, with Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences as the country becomes more cosmopolitan.

Historical influences came from Māori cultureNew American cuisineSoutheast AsianEast Asian, and South Asian culinary traditions have become popular since the 1970s.

In New Zealand households, dinner is the main meal of the day, when families gather and share their evening together. Restaurants and takeaways provide an increasing proportion of the diet.

Māori cuisineEdit

hāngi dinner as served to tourists.

When the indigenous Māori arrived in New Zealand from tropical Polynesia they had a number of food plants, including kūmara (sweet potato), taro and . The plants grew well only in the north of the North Island. Native New Zealand plants such as fernroot became a more important part of the diet, along with insects such as the huhu grub. Problems with horticulture were made up for by an abundance of bird and marine life. The large flightless moa were soon hunted to extinction.[citation needed] Rāhui (resource restrictions) included forbidding the hunting of certain species in particular places or at certain times of year, so that the numbers could regenerate.

Preparation of a modern hāngi for tourists at Mitai Maori Village, Rotorua.

Like other Polynesian people, Māori cooked food in earth ovens, known in New Zealand as hāngi, although the word umu is also used[citation needed] as in other Pacific languages. Stones are heated by fire and food packed in leaves are placed on top. The packs are further covered with foliage and cloth, or, wet sacks, then earth. Other cooking methods included roasting and, in geothermal areas, boiling or steaming using natural hot springs and pools. Occasionally food would be boiled in non-geothermal areas by putting hot stones into a bowl with water and the food; and some food was also cooked over the open fire. Some foods were preserved using smoke, air-drying, or layers of fat—particularly muttonbirds. Māori were one of the few people to have no form of alcoholic beverage.

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“Before the next teardrop falls – Makali”

Before the next teardrop falls – Makali”

Makali, is seemingly an obscure artist who sings this duo with Beix. In
Makali’s musical associations are 4 main references: Mark Tau, music, PNG, One Blood. Makali could be from Hawaii, New Guinea, Samoa or some other part of the Pacific Islands/South Pacific Islands. What a beautiful twist their island voices give to this nostalgic Country song in an English and Island dialect duo.

The song was written in 1967 and had been recorded more than two dozen times. The song had achieved modest success in versions by various performers; the original version by Duane Dee reached #44 on the Billboard country chart in early 1968, and Linda Martell sent her version to #33 in early 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version of the song on his 1969 album, Another Place Another Time.

In 1974, record producer Huey P. Meauxapproached Fender about overdubbing vocals for an instrumental track. Fender agreed, performing the song bilingual style — singing the first half of the song in English, then repeating that portion in Spanish.

“The recording only took a few minutes,” Fender once told an interviewer. “I was glad to get it over with and I thought that would be the last of it.”

However, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” immediately took off in popularity when released to country radio in January 1975. The song ascended to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in March, spending two weeks atop the chart. Thereafter, the song caught on just as strongly at Top 40 radio stations and it was not long before Fender had a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit as well. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1975.

The song is about a man’s undaunted determination to save his heart for the just-departed object of his deep (but unrequited) love, and sincere hope that should the woman’s new relationship not work out, she will remember his love and return to him. As originally composed, it is in thirty-two bar form (Fender’s bilingual recording stretches the piece to 48 bars).

A showcase of Fender’s tenor and Meaux’s Tex-Mex musical styling, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” jump-started his career. (Fender’s career had stalled in 1960 after his arrest on drug charges.) In the months and years that followed, Fender recorded several bilingual standards which became major hits, most notably “Secret Love”.

BMI Songwriter Sterling Blythe claimed authorship and recalled having sold the rights to a portfolio of songs, among them “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”, for $4,500 to settle debts when he left Nashville for the West Coast prior to Fender’s recording.

Fender also has recorded a version fully in Spanish, entitled “Estare contigo cuando triste estas” (literally “I will be with you when you are sad”). The Spanish-language second verse in the English version, is the first verse of the fully Spanish version.

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“BORA BORA Feat Armando & Memphis – “MANDO SAX” 

“BORA BORA Feat Armando & Memphis – “MANDO SAX” 

Armando Rehia Dante Castagnoli was born in Tahiti to an Italian father and Tahitian mother. The third of seven children, his father was a strict taskmaster when it came to his children’s music, and “Mando” and his brothers would march several miles every Sunday playing their instruments before they got to play in the ocean with their friends. That early discipline paid off and Armando’s obvious gifts as a saxophone player and musician were encouraged by Professors from the Music Conservatory of Paris. When his family moved to Powell River B.CAfter graduation Mando moved to Toronto and studied at Humber College with world famous teacher, Pat LaBarbera, who played with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and the legendary Elvin Jones. In 1984 Armando won the highest award at the BC WOODWIND FINALS.
Mando recorded his first CD, THE BUBBLEHEADS, at the age of 20 and for the next six years was active in the Toronto music scene playing Jazz, Blues, and R&B and becoming proficient at alto, tenor, and soprano saxophone as well as flute and percussion.

In the 90′s Armando acted as the musical director and featured soloist at the famous CLUB NEW ORLEANS in Papeete, Tahiti, and had the opportunity to work with greats like Nathan East, Jimmie Earl, Freddie Ravel, and many more. His collaboration with jazz singer, Chris Bennett, took him to Berlin, Germany and live recordings and guest appearances at the A-TRANE, one of the world’s great jazz clubs. His soldout appearances in Berlin and Los Angeles hi-lite Mando’s unique and beautiful tone, sometimes compared to Stan Getz, as well as his incredible showmanship.

With homebase in his island paradise of Tahiti, Mando now occasionally tours the world with stars such as Otmaro Ruiz, Felix Vilchez,Chris Bennett and more. He has recorded with the legendary Leon Ware and has produced and written several of his own CDs including DANCE FOR PLANET EARTH, now available at CD Baby and I-Tunes. The title cut, AORI NO TE FENUA, is the theme song for the TAHITI MUSIC FESTIVAL. Produced by Armando Castagnoli and Chris Bennett, the 2012 festival will raise awareness of how we can save our oceans and islands such as Tahiti and will bring musicians from all over the world together in unity and celebration.
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“Ae A taua”  (How ’bout Us)  – Ben Vai




Born in Samoa. Raised mainly in Jamaica, now back in Samoa making beautiful music. Style of music, loves his reggae, ragga, but sings beautiful soul..awesome voice. Has two albums out, his own originals ‘LOST & FOUND’ and a samoan album “TAIMI O LE AFIAFI’. Currently in the studio recording 2 albums back to back. So looking forward to that. Out around end of Febuary 2010.

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How ’bout Us Lyrics
(Ooooh)

(Oh-oh-oooh)

Oh-oh-oooh-hooo

(Oh-oh-oooh)

(Oh-oh-oooh)

Ooooh, short and sweet

No sense in draggin’ on past our needs

Let’s don’t keep it hangin’ on

If the fire’s out

We should both be gone

(Some people are made for each other)

(Some people can love one another for life)

(How ’bout us)
(Some people can hold it together)

(Last) through all kinds of weather

Can we

(Oh-oh-oooh)

Oh-oh-oooh-hooo

(Oh-oh-oooh)

(Oh-oh-oooh)
Now don’t you get me wrong

(What you sayin’ to me, baby)

Cause I’m not tryin’ now

To end it all

(Let’s start something new)

It’s just that I have seen

(What have you seen)

Too many lover’s hearts lose their dream

(We won’t lose it)

(Some people are made for each other)

(Some people can love one another for life)

(How ’bout us)
(Some people can hold it together)

(Last) through all kinds of weather

Can we
(How ’bout us)

(How ’bout us, baby)

(How ’bout us)

(How about us, baby)

(How ’bout us)

(How ’bout us, baby)
Are we gonna make it, girl

Or are we gonna drift and drift and drift

Together again

Ooooh, love

(Some people are made for each other)

(Some people can love one another for life)

(How ’bout us)

How ’bout us, baby
(Some people can hold it together)

Some people can hold it together

(Last) whoooa-ooh

How ’bout us

Some people

(Some people are made for each other)

(Some people can love one another for life)

Some people can love one another for life

(How ’bout us)

How ’bout us, baby
(Some people can hold it together)

Some people can hold it together

(Laaast through)

How ’bout us
How ’bout us, baby
(Some people are made for each other)

(Some people can love one another for life)

Some people can love one another for life

(How ’bout us)

You and me, baby

(Some people can hold it together)

Hold it together

(Laaast through)

Can we

Say that we can make it, baby
(Some people are made for each other)

Whoooa, yeah

(Some people can love one another for life)

(How ’bout us)
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Fiji – Hey Girl

Fiji – Hey Girl

George “Fiji” Veikoso (born George Brooks Veikoso) is a Fijian classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz vocalist, songwriter, music producer and occasional actor. He was born in Fiji but raised in Hawaii.[1

In 1998 he won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Male Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year.[3]

He has earned numerous other industry accolades and awards “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” and “People’s Choice Award”. FIJI’s collaboration on the “Island Warriors” compilation album earned a Grammy-nomination for Best Reggae Album.[4]

Fiji also co-wrote and sang the season 11 theme-song “Let Me Be the One”with Glenn Medeiros for the TV show, Baywatch and he has acted in the 2002, surfer film Blue Crush.[5]

He has produced and released many albums during his career such as “Evolution” and “Born and Raised” to name a few. One of his all time and most popular songs is “Lia”.[6]

 

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