UNITED STATES (AMERICAN SAMOA) – Chatting with a person from American Samoa is simply an amazing experience. I had the pleasure to meet and chat with Tenelle, representative of American Samoa in the American Song Contest.
Very talkative and expressive, Tenelle captures your heart but her story captures your soul. A girl, an empowered woman who was inspired by the death and the paralysis of her two brothers, made her song, spiritual and creative.
Tenelle revealed information about her song and also gave us an acapella from the chorus.
Tenelle and her song are all about her, her family, her history and I can assure you she is the most honest person by heart you will ever meet in your life.
And who knows, you might hear from her worldwide in the near future.
Tenelle Luafalemana has been described by many as “a breath of fresh air.” Tenelle isn’t exactly sure when her love for singing first started but suggests that growing up with a big family, where talent shows are more competitive than The X-Factor itself, may have well done it.
Tenelle describes her home of Samoa as magical and recalls listening to artists such as Lauryn Hill, Fiji, Whitney Houston, Betty Wright and Aswad as a child. Tenelle is now a Grammy Award-nominated and Billboard-charted artist. She’s honoured to represent American Samoa, her family and the entirety of her people. Her music video “Shine” was shot on her grandmother’s property, where her grandmother lives and where her ancestors are buried. She’s honoured to share their story.
ABOUT THE ASC 2022
American Song Contest is an American musical reality competition television series based on the Eurovision Song Contest. It sees all 50 U.S. states, five territories, and Washington, D.C. compete for the title of Best Original Song. The contest takes place between March 21 and May 9, 2022, and airs on NBC.
The show is hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson. NBC revealed the 56 competing artists on March 3, 2022, through an interactive map. Atlantic Records will serve as the exclusive music partner of the American Song Contest, with the original songs in the competition to be released in batches beginning March 21 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time.
ABOUT AMERICAN SAMOA
American Samoa, a group of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls located some 2,600 mi south of Hawaii in the South Pacific, is an unincorporated, unorganized territory of the U.S. It includes the eastern Samoan islands of Tutuila, Aunu’u, and Rose; three islands (Ta’u, Olosega, and Ofu) of the Manu’a group; and Swains Island. Around 1000 B.C. Proto-Polynesians established themselves in the islands, and their descendants are one of the few remaining Polynesian societies. The Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen sighted the Manu’a Islands in 1722.
American Samoa has been a territory of the United States since April 17, 1900, when the High Chiefs of Tutuila signed the first of two Deeds of Cession for the islands to the U.S. (Congress ratified the Deeds in 1929.) Swains Island, which is privately owned, came under U.S. administration in 1925.
Until World War II the United States operated a coaling station and naval base in Pago Pago. During the war, the islands were an important U.S. Marines’s staging area. In 1960 American Samoa ratified its territorial constitution and has since developed a modern, self-governing political system. American Samoans elect a governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature. The legislature (Fono) consists of two houses: the Senate, selected by village chiefs (matai) for four-year terms, and the House of Representatives, elected by the general population for two-year terms.
The people of American Samoa are U.S. nationals, not U.S. citizens, but many have become naturalized American citizens. American Samoa does 80%?90% of its foreign trade with the U.S. Canned tuna is the primary export, earning $300 million annually. Transfers from the U.S. government add substantially to American Samoa’s economic well-being.
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