A Samoan song inviting you to get up and ‘minoi minoi’ – move your body.

Minoi minoi minoi
Minoi pei o se loi
A siva siva ua gaoioi
Lololo pei o se pe’epe’e ua loiloi
Suite sua malie pei ose poi


Ata lupe lupe
Aue, tagi tagi aue
O lo’u loto lea tau ina fa’apea
Tau’ina fa’apele pele

Minoi minoi e
Minoi minoi e
Minoi minoi ane
Minoi minoi o la’u pele

Ha ha ha
Ote alu i gauta
I Moto’otua lo’u ofisa
E a’oa’o ai sa’u lesona
Soia ete alu fa’ala

E ole pululole
E lamolemole
A laumulamu ua pe i ose lole
Avane ai loa ma le ipu kofe
Aue ole ulu sele mole

This song appears on the album Samoa Matalasi by the Five Stars. Grab it on Amazon.

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  1. juice


    • Haatoa Tuitama'alelagi

      Who is ur grandpa??

    • Angelo

      you are the grandchild of christopher marshall? cool.

    • Fa'anenefuomālotaufa'atū

      Angelo, you really think Christopher Marshall wrote this song? He merely arranged it.

  2. Jodi

    Is there a translation for this song anywhere? just wondering

  3. Jelo

    The English translation are as follows:

    Move, move like an ant when you dance,
    Swaying from side to side
    Dipping into rich coconut cream,
    As sweet as baked fruit.
    Ah, my pigeon,
    Crying out to me,
    I wish you could keep dancing like that,
    So move, move, move my darling.

    The choir I used to a member of sang the choral version…love it!!

  4. Anne

    My father who is native hawaiian had many of island songs in his collection- this one was the favorite of my younger brother, who was 1-2 yrs old at the time. We played it repeatedly to get him to sleep.Doesn’t seem peaceful, but he liked it.

  5. Haatoa Tuitama'alelagi

    I just need to correct the claims of a CHRISTOPHER Marshall being the composer of this song. My great uncle Kuka Tuitama wrote this song and my mother’s brother is over my great uncle’s trust and holds all the rights to his music. He has two sons who live in California who still receive royalties for their fathers music.

    • Ruta Lutu

      Hi , I just want to say to Haatoa T, thank you so much to your great uncle, I love this song as dad used to sing it to us when we were young, beautiful memories and than you now I can ref your great uncle to this song.

    • Lokalia

      Talofa lava Haatoa T,. I am so enjoying this… I have happy memories, my dad use to sing this song since we were little children. He since passed in ’98. I was looking for the words of this song. Thanks to hamogeekgirl

    • Rosaiviti Solomona

      Malo Lava. I am very interested in ensuring that the composers of our beloved folk songs are acknowledged more often. I hope to directly email this relative of yours to further uncover other songs that Kuka Tuitama has composed, if you dont mind.

  6. Matt R

    Christopher Marshall is not the composer, he’s an *arranger*. His arrangement is copyrighted 1995, JEHMS, Inc. (division of Alliance Music Publications, Inc., Houston TX).

  7. Xenia Varoufaki

    thanks mate


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