|Track Listing: (click links for audio samples)|
|1. Let My People Dance
2. Polynesian Woman (Feat. Rachel)
3. Ava Root (Feat. Rachel)
4. Cheers (Feat. Rachel)
5. Wherever I Go
6. Dem Runnin'
|7. Over & Over (Feat. Rachel)
9. Polynesian Nation (Feat. Rachel)
10. Lei Ali'i (Feat. Darron & Pua, Chelsea, & Rachel)
11. Polynesian Woman Demo (Remix) (Feat. Rachel)
If you've become bored with music, get ready, because this album comes boldly with many musical styles and riveting messages to make your ears and heart happy. You will be wooed with traditional reggae/jawaiian melodies and riveted with ragga rap woven into rougher alternative beats. Every track has a surprise waiting for you.
This new artist, SAM*SON is originally from Hawaii, but now resides in Colorado. He is the product of the "ghetto" so familiar to the people of the islands - childhood in KPT on Oahu and Nanawale on the Big Island - proved a tough life. However this proved to be the training ground for the emergence of SAM*SON. In those tucked away places, a deliverer was formed, a boy who dreamt of freedom for his people. Not just for his people, the Samoans, but for all of the indigenous people of Polynesia.
After years of patient process and dreaming beyond the limitations of poverty, SAM*SON emerges with his debut album, Let My People Dance. He comes with the sound of victory, liberty, hope and joy. The first track, Let My People Dance opens the project with a restoration of the essence of the Polynesian culture - the dance. His signature, ragga rap, is stamped over strong "poly" drums mixed into a techno beat. One comment from a young Samoan woman on 'myspace.com/samsonlive' says, "Totally empowering...I commend you for such uplifting and empowering music. That is what our Samoan people need today, especially the youth. Your music is a huge step forward".
This warrior does have another side. SAM*SON is skillful at writing love songs with the tenderness of sincerity. In the spirit of upholding the Polynesian woman as one of honor and class, worthy of being respected and valued, he honors the steadfastness of the women in his life - his mother, grandmother, aunties, sisters, and wife. The second track Polynesian Woman was the song that spearheaded his quest to finish this project. He recorded it for his wife as the processional for their wedding in 2003 (which is the last track on the cd). The D.J. took the song from their wedding and gave it to radio stations on Maui, and found that the people loved it! Track 5, Wherever I Go, an upbeat love song has climbed the charts to become one of Maui's favorite songs.
Let My People Dance, also celebrates a revival of respect for the building blocks of the Polynesian culture. The song Ava Root mixes the power of community with the importance of instilling vision into the upcoming generations of our people. You will find this track to be addicting, smooth and light hearted with an island/hip hop beat.
Ghetto Love captures the simplicity of island culture, the spirit of aloha. Sampling the famous chorus from the opening song to the '80's sitcom, "Cheers" this song will bring the happiness of Polynesia wherever you play it. It proves that aloha is stronger, no matter how much money we have.
Finally, in the mode of Bob Marley, SAM*SON writes songs that challenge oppressors and liberate the average, every day Polynesian. The tracks Dem Runnin' and Polynesian Nation were written to get to the heart of a people who are kings and queens walking about looking for their place in this world. They draw attention to the plight of the Polynesian people and offer a solution: if liberty for our people is going to come, it is going to come from within us.
With genuine love for his people, SAM*SON has put together a project that will rise to the top. If his plan works, as it rises, so will the morale, hope and spirit of his beloved people, the beautiful people of Polynesia.