18 March, 2012

UB40 to celebrate Samoa's 50th Independence

World famous British reggae group, UB40, is coming to Samoa.  Henry Wulf, the man behind the much-anticipated concert in June, says the confirmation of the group’s visit is fantastic news for fans here, especially on a milestone year such as our 50th Independence celebration.

“It was always my intention to bring UB40 to Samoa to perform for our 50th Independence celebrations this year,” says Mr Wulf, Owner of Pure Reggae.

“They have been my favourite band since as long as I can remember so it is a dream come true to be a part of this.” He admits that it has been a challenge trying to establish connections and convince the group to visit Samoa.

But Mr Wulf says he couldn’t have done it without the support of BlueSky Samoa and the 50th Independence Celebrations Committee.

Like Mr Wulf, Chairman of the Committee, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, says the UB40 is his personal favourite.  “I know that a lot of Samoan couples met and danced to the sounds of UB40,” says the Minister of Women, Community and Social Development. The band, Tolofua says, will only add to the festive mood and celebrations during Samoa’s Independence.

BlueSky CEO, Adolfo Montenegro says BlueSky is happy to be involved in hosting the band’s first concert in Samoa. “UB40’s music has been popular with our people throughout the years so Bluesky is proud to play a significant role in making it happen.”

The concert will be one of the first official events of the 50th Independence celebrations for Samoa. It will take place on 1 June at Apia Park and tickets are now on sale from BlueSky retail stores for $30.

For local musician, Mailo Ben Vai, this is going to be a groundbreaking event. “For most of us local musicians, UB40 have been outstanding heroes for our careers and they are a band that we all try to emulate through our music.”

He hopes Samoan musicians will make the most of the opportunity and be inspired. “This is a band that started from scratch,” he says. “UB40 actually stands for Unemployment Benefit, form 40 which they had to fill in to get their unemployment benefits.”

Mr Wulf is adamant he will try and bring more world-class musicians and entertainers to perform in Samoa. “This is something I am really passionate about; establishing this entertainment business in Samoa and hosting international artists so their Samoan fan base can get to see them live.”

Mr Wulf has already brought over Corner Stone Roots and singers King Kapisi and Che Fu.  So which famous band will Mr Wulf bring next? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Samoa Observer

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