Musicians for Hearing are proud to announce the first in a collection of musical stories from around the world. We are extremely privileged to have Samoan ethnomusicologist, Rita Seumanutafa, talk to us on the rich heritage of Samoa's musical history before leading The Melbourne Samoan Choir in an intimate performance sure to send you tingling.
This event is a rare treat that will first educate you in the wonder Samoan music, before bringing it all to life.
All proceeds go towards our continued efforts to fund hearing care in the developing world. Part proceeds of this event will go direct to SENESE Inclusive Education's sign-language program, training Sign Language Interpreters in Samoa so that every child has a place in the classroom.
Tickets via thebutterflyclub.com
More about Rita
Since migrating from New Zealand 14 years ago, Rita has been an active member of the Samoan community here in Melbourne. As an ethnomusicologist, Rita's special focus on Samoan musical traditions allows her the opportunity to promote Samoan music through academic scholarship both in and outside of the university. A classically-trained pipe-organist, choral conductor and pianist, Rita leads a number of choirs including the CCCS Northcote Choir, The Melbourne Samoan choir and Pasefika Vitoria Choir.
More about The Melbourne Samoan Choir (MSC)
Founded in 2012, The Melbourne Samoan Choir is an un-auditioned community choir that promotes traditional and contemporary Samoan music. MSC has performed at various public events, including 'We are Pasefika' Festival 2012, St Piers Festival 2013 and 2016, and Viva Festival 2014. MSC has also collaborated with other choirs such as the St Francis' Choir in 2012 and Pasefika Vitoria in 2016; and was awarded 2nd place in the World Music Category at The Melbourne Eisteddfod 2014. For 2016, MSC is currently working on a recording project that will assist in the learning of Samoan children's songs for all Samoan communities worldwide, as well as contributing their voices to an exhibition for young children hosted by The Melbourne Museum later this year. MSC is directed by choir founder and ethnomusicologist, Rita Seumanutafa.
If you have any access requirements for this event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 18th of April so arrangements can be made.