Tama Uli was founded by broadcaster & journalist Lance Polu in 1981 when he was unemployed when he joined the workers strike in 1981 that dragged on for 3 months. He wrote most of the Tama Uli songs which given the time and circumstances, were highly political and some of the songs were banned from Radio for over twenty years.
Of the original Tama Uli line up, Lance Polu is the last of the original members as three migrated overseas and became ‘men of the cloth’ – faifeaus. A phenomenon that inspired the Lance Polu song Empticrites (1985) with the chorus: “Too many Empticrites coming through my way, Too many Hypocrites walking through my day, What we need is Love, What we seek is the Truth, What we seek is the Truth, the Truth in every man“.
The line up for the opening of the UB40 Concert on Samoa’s 50th Independence celebrations, 1 June 2012 at the Apia Park Stadium, drew on older son – Lancelot Polu on bass guitar, younger son Gerwin Polu on lead guitar, and cousins Taua’i Tavita Nafo’i on keyboards, Lila Fese’eta’i on drums and Lance Polu on acoustic guitar.
Away from the music Lancelot is a graphic artist, designer and webmaster; Gerwin is an avionics engineer; Lila Fese’eta’i has toured the world with the Magic Circus of Samoa and Taua’i Tavita Nafoi is an arts graduate (music) formerly of Christchurch, New Zealand.
TAMA ULI BAND NEWS:
2012 June 01
Tama Uli Band opens the UB40 Concert at Apia Park
2012 September 08
Tama Uli Band to perform at Raggamuffin Samoa Concert