UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Samoan Songs and Hymns, 1969

Overview of the Collection

University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
UW Ethnomusicology Archives audio recordings: Samoan Songs and Hymns
3 items  :  EC - 3 reels (7 1/2 ips, full track); 3 WAV files (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 1:28:57
Collection Number
Recorded in Samoa in 1969; recordist unknown.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
Access Restrictions

Unrestricted: collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives has been collecting and curating unique ethnographic music recordings for over 50 years. Its holdings of more than 15,000 items include field recordings documenting music traditions of all kinds from most areas of the world, concert recordings of visiting musicians, and films and videos of a variety of musical events, as well as several hundred musical instruments. The Archives serves the students and faculty in the UW Ethnomusicology Program, the broader university community, Pacific Northwest tribes, and an international clientele of musicians, students, and teachers.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

A mystery collection that arrived in the Archives in 1969 with a note on which was written "Donated by Milton Katims." The contents were written on labels on the tape boxes in dark marking pen, and the tape box labels were glued over official Voice of America labels. Robert Garfias suggests that someone at Voice of America must have given these tapes to Milton Katims (then conductor of the Seattle Symphony), who then gave them to the Archives.

Digital files produced 2/2015 (48 kHz, 24-bit) - 69-15.1.wav (30:52), 69-15.2.wav (31:28), 69-15.3.wav (26:37) (total duration = 1:28:57)

Contents (transcribed from tape boxes) -

69-15.1 - Flag Day event, recorded July 9, 1969 - Tr. 1 - "Fetalia Mai Le Aliue," a hymn sung by members of American Samoa legislature in joint session; Tr. 2-7 - Flag Day performances by Nu'uli villagers and student nurses; Tr. 8 - Hymn "Lotu Nu'u," sung by members of American Samoa legislature

69-15.2 - Samoan songs - Tr. 1 - Tama Ua Mea A'asa, village of Sailele; Tr. 2 - Sei Oriana Mai Satala, village of Satala; Tr. 3 - A Malaga (visiting group) from western Samoa, recorded in Village of Alao; Tr. 4 - Penina O Le Mea'ese, village of Alofau; Tr. 5 - I Ma O (here and there choir), village of Failolo; Tr. 6 - Tama O Le Musika Pagai, village of Pagai; Tr. 7 - Malama Mai Saua Fitiuta, recorded in Nu'uli village.

69-15.3 - Samoan Hymns - Tr. 1 - Onenoa London Missionary Society Church Choir; Tr. 2 - Student nurses, Samoa Hospital; Tr. 3 - Fagamalo Christian Church Choir; Tr. 4 - Aoloao Fou L.M.S. Church Choir; Tr. 5 - Masausi Congregational Church Choir; Tr. 6 - Sailele Catholic Church Choir; Tr. 7 - Futiga L.M.S. Church Choir; Tr. 8 - Poloa Congregation of Christians Church Choir; Tr. 9 [one choir must have sung 2 songs, not sure which!]

Documentation: Hand-written notes (2), photo-copies of tape boxes.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • American Samoa
  • Oceania
  • Western Polynesia