Sunday, 25 May 2014

Walking in light . . . savali ile malamalama . . .

This week is Samoan language week in New Zealand.  So in honour of this week - my posts will be bilingual.  I've decided to translate parts of what I say from Samoan to English (sadly Google Translate will not help you if you don't speak Samoan because according to Google Translate, Samoan language doesn't exist!) and other parts in Samoan will not be translations, but a continuation of the train of thought (as I think with my bilingual brain!)

A quick solution would be: make friends with people who speak and read gagana Samoa (Samoan language) fluently. One of the first things I learned growing up speaking Samoan (it is my first language, even though I was born in New Zealand) was that I was thrown in the deep end and just learned it from my parents.

1979 was the most successful year for Th' Dudes who were probably New Zealand's first rock supergroup in their heyday - especially with their rockstar attitudes if the news reports and reputation were anything to go by, including a notorious concert cancellation in Wellington because they sound equipment was sub-standard (!) - the support acts still performed.

Th' Dudes are most famous for their epic pub anthem Bliss and hot favourite Be Mine Tonight that featured Dave Dobbyn as lead vocal.  My favourite song is Walking in light purely because I think it has a very Rolling Stones feel to it.

I see things through a different doorway

Ou te mafaufau lava ile laina lenei, o se faamatalaga e faapea - e eseese lava le silasila po'o le va'ai o le tagata i avanoa, i auala e ui ane i ai ae maise lava o faitotoa e taumafai lava nisi e tapuni.
E tatau ona tatou iloa, ose mea lelei o le va'ai eseese, ole silasila mamao, po'o le tofa mamao o manatu lava lenei e mafai ai ona maua ai se tofa manino - ia maua ai ni tonu lelei auā se aga'i i luma ole olaga nei, ose olaga auauna ose tagata.  Ae ole ā le mea e tupu, pe afai e lē atoatoa lou silasila mamao, po o lou tofa mamao?  E tatau ona fai ea ni mata tioata ina ia manino ai lo tatou vaavaai i ni auala ma ni faitotoa eseese?

I'm walking in light
I'm walking in light
I'm walking in light (x2)

Ou te savali ile malamalama
Ou te savali ile malamalama
Ou te savali ile malamalama  (x2)

A faapea o ē savali pea ile pogisa po'o le pouliuli, ia e savali aga'i ile malamalama.
O le malamalama e te mafai ona silasila mamao ma ia iloa atili ai ni faafitauli ma faalavelave faafuase'i o lo'o taumafai nisi e fa'aleaga ai oe ma lou olaga.  Ia 'alo mamao ese mai nei tagata, ma ia e savali ile malamalama, ne'i te'i ua e sulu ma lavea ile pogisa.

Faafetai faapitoa ia +Tahu Paki mole talosaga mai ina ia faia ni tusitusiga ile gagana Samoa :-)

C'mon let's just keep walking in light
O maia, ia tatou savavali pea ile malamalama.