The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) at Vailoa Tai released its very first musical compilation this weekend, collecting more than $SAT33,000 during a launch held on Friday night at the EFKS Youth Hall in Sogi.
The compilation of Church hymns titled “Pei ua susu ai matou loto nei” is a 12-track compact disc that will be made available to audiences in the United States and other parts of the world.
All songs contained in the CD are drawn from the CCCS Book of Hymns (Pese ma Viiga i le Atua). “Pei ua susu ai matou loto nei” is on page 15 of the hymn book which means “our neverending prayer to the Lord for His blessings upon us all.”
Among the special guests were: Rev. Elder Fa’au’uga Matautia and Faletua Mrs. Maia Matautia. Reverend Elder Matautia’s Faletua was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to launch the CD.
The Vailoa Tai CCCS is led by Rev. Siaosi Matai’a and Faletua Mrs. Samira Matai’a.
Rev. Matai’a said that the CD has been a long time in the making. Discussions and song practice for the CD began in May 2016.
“This is the time when the choir said they wanted to make a CD – Pese ma Viiga o le Atua. Perhaps the choir was aware that the Reverend knows a little something about (musical) notes. I told the choir to leave their request with me and it would be considered, when there is time, because it is not an easy task. Neither is it a cheap task,” Rev. Matai’a said.
He wanted to focus on carrying out God’s work as a preacher first and foremost.
“It’s been a long time that we’ve been working on this project. Last year in 2018, after Lotu Tamaiti, we started to practice the songs for the CD. In December, we began recording the tracks,” said Rev. Matai’a.
“There are 12 songs in this CD. Most of them use the original melodies from our Church hymns from our college at the Theological College at Malua. There are very little changes made to the hymns. We didn’t want to make too many changes to the hymns lest the original spirit and beauty of the songs composed and passed down from our elders might be lost.”
All songs were recorded at their Church in Vailoa then they were taken to Auckland to make copies. Pianist on the
Rev. Matai’s thanked everyone who assisted in making the CD. Choir Director is Laufiso Tusigaigoa and lead pianist is Leatinu’u Keneti Peseta.
Faletua Mrs. Maia Matautia was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to launch the new musical collection.
The CD is $SAT30 per copy.