17 May 2019, Apia Samoa. The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) choir from Vailoa-tai Faleata will launch their first compact disc (CD) album today at the EFKS Hall, Mulinuu.
Coinciding with the annual conference Fonotele Malua, the launch will start at 7.30pm with guests expected from CCCS Church Ministers and members from Samoa and abroad
The choir is made up of 75 members under the leadership of Church Minister, Reverend Siaosi Mataia.
The choir chairman is Laufiso Tusigaigoa, and the lead pianist is Leatinu’u Keneti Peseta.
Rev. Siaosi Mataia in an interview said there are 12 songs in the album, which are all from the CCCS book of hymns.
“The name of our album is from one of the songs within the CD, ‘Pei o le ua e sūsū ai matou loto nei.’ That is a song on page 115 from the CCCS book of hymns but to us it means our never-ending prayer to the Lord for his blessings upon us all,” said Reverend Mataia.
“It is because we cannot do everything in life without the Lord’s help and also to always serve and acknowledge him.
“The album is not only for fundraising purposes but to also assist the church and to acknowledge the work that we have done so far.”
Reverend Mataia also said that despite the many difficulties and challenges the choir had faced, they always managed to stand together with God’s help.
“One of the challenges was financing the production costs, making CD copies and preparing for the launch on Friday.”
Another challenge mentioned by the Church Minister was the attendance and availability of choir members at the times of the recordings which took them three weeks to complete.
“We relied on God’s guidance and assistance which helped us every step of the way.
“And we credit the launch on Friday to God our Father, our Lord and our Saviour.
“The significance of this album is to use the talents by our choir to not only praise the Lord through hymns but also all for a good cause,” he said.
Reverend Siaosi said the CD album will be sold at $30.00 per copy.