Samoan Clubbing Culture

I became close friends with the Vaiala boys that lived in Apia, the ganja sellers, the hip hop crew, the night-club bartenders & the faafafige’s. They become the epitomy of cool kids on

Amongst the sea of tourists, visitors the multitude of random-reason holiday makers, the clubbing in Samoa runs its course, as if the world never moved.

Armed with the clubbing culture of Brisbane, Sydney and my personal favourite, Melbourne. Samoa oozes an attraction and a different sense of “fun” and enjoyment to this sub-culture of ka’a, clubbing is the same, but on a much lower level.

The “entrance” into a Melbourne club is about as important as the accessories and outfit you choose to make, to be honest, we all get dressed for that magical entrance where you walk in, and all the eyes are on you – because after the first 10 minutes of shallow greetings to the regulars (of whichever club) there is pretty much only drinking and meeting people left.

The enslaught of names and faces to remember in the Samoan club scene at first, was endless – but think about it? a small “religious” pacific island & clubbing, don’t usually mix – and once your “identity” is formed, you’ll begin to realise, that its mainly the Apia kids that are out to party.

I became close friends with the Vaiala boys that lived in Apia, the ganja sellers, the hip hop crew, the night-club bartenders & the faafafige’s. They become the epitomy of cool kids on the block, if you did a shit in Vaiala, they’d be the first to know and within a 2 minute space, i’d recieve a voice-mail saying, eh! ki’o, fai mai jo ua e moe i le fale a mikey – and I thought technology was a bit behind in Samoa.

Digicel, in its infinite wisdom, has opted to give its pre-paid customers free voice-mail, a service that is used non-stop for its free deposit, and free withdrawl of a voice message – if you wonder why the kids of Apia never have thier phones on.. its because your cell needs to be off to recieve a voicemail – current process is switching your phone on every 10 minutes and if your popular enough to recieve a voicemail, you shall reply. Who needs credit? No one.

I got scared in the fact that when I get drunk, I sometimes do some very stupid things. I can get away with my undercover shit that I do in Melbourne, but for the newbie living in Samoa, you need to calm that shit down, because your “image” will be ruined forever.

To my faafafige’s, they kept it real and were the only ones that spoke english to give me the downlow on how to ”club”.

Thou Shalt Never Wear A Jumper/Jersey/Long-sleeved top; as much as how chilly you may think it is outside, the temperature inside a Apia club rises so quickly, the sweat dripping from your ass has already evaporated before it hits the floor.

Thou Shalt Never Carry Your Cell Phone: the boys playing the pool tables have also mastered the art of pickpocket. Thought it was a Myth? It still happens… and so undercover, you won’t even hear about it.

Thou Shalt Never Say Your Leaving Soon: in any conversation with locals, always keep to the story that you’ve moved to Samoa. Tourists and part-timers are the main target for “getting rolled”.

Thou Shalt Never Say Your Village: Samoa is small, if for any reason you mention your village, and lets just say you get into a fight later in the night, your poor village that you are so proud to promote, does not need rocks thrown at your family house – you are easier to find than you think.

Thou Shalt Never Take Weed From A Stranger: Obviously, undercover Police patrol Beach Road, and for a quick couple of hundred, locking up a tourist and hoping for a tip to be released earlier, is a quick meal ticket for the Night-shift at Apia Police Station.

Thou Shalt Leave the Sea-Wall before 2am: if you have a really good reason to be there, then thats great. But just a local rule.

Thou Shalt start drinking @ 3pm at the latest ) it will make the 12am shut-downs more acceptable )

The Clubbing Attire?

By all means, dress to you style, light-weight shirts and clean cut looks are best, don’t try and over do the make-up, trust me, it will run. For guys, do your best to wear some kind of shorts, the shorts and jandles are the coolest way to enjoy the night without having to unstick your Gucci jeans from your sweat infested legs.

Who buys who what?

If its your family, friends, village friends: a round or two is not out of the question, if you intend to party for awhile, don’t make it a habit.

If they have decided to take you out, and shout you one round first, feel free to shout as much as you can. If you have decided to go out and they’ve tagged along, feel free to shout only a few rounds (or if your just a suck up like me.. shout the whole night)

The Hook Ups?

If your game is to get laid, a hotel booking is a must. if your already in a Hotel. then go hard!..

Samoan Clubbing can offer some of the best music around town, the best dancing experience, and the meeting of some of the most coolest Samoans around.

Doing it with a good head on your shoulders will keep you from the ugly side of the experience.

Party HARD and Party Smart.

;) because you’d be fucked if you didn’t.

0 thoughts on “Samoan Clubbing Culture

  1. heh heh… Fankz for the this informative piece uso.. The tips are awesome, although i haven’t been back to the motherland in some 20 something years, reading through your DO’s & DONT’s, I was like nodding ‘mhmmmmm’ I figured as much, nothing much has changed in those regards heh heh…

    much respectz

    :o)

    Dre

  2. Thanks for sharing, thanks for keeping in touch, was hoping to see a blog about your trip. Really like the part about starting at 3:00 pm, so the midnite closing hour isn’t so hard to take. Guess in Brisbane clubs, midnites the starting hour? Educational. Maybe photos next time, too? LOL. Keep your head on straight!!

  3. MAN LOVING THE SAMOAN CLUBBING TIPS….AND AGREED TOO ALL!!!! BEEN THERE DONE THAT…..ME BEENING A CLUBING FREAK IN SAMOA, I RECKON ROLL UP THE JEANS AND IF BY TIME I LOST ALOT OF WEIGHT WALKING AROUND FROM MARKET TOO MARKET THEN POP ON THE SINGLET AS WELL…BUT EARLY DRINK UP IS A MUST, CAUSE GOING SOBER AND KNOWING THE KALAPU CLOSES IN FOUR HOURS…IA MAKUA PA’U POINTS!!!! BUT YEAH GREAT TIPS CUZ!!!!! BRINGS BACK MEMORIES!!! CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT OUTING…….LOL AND ABOUT THAT PHONE STEALING MY BEST MATE AND I WERE HAVING A FEW DRINKS @ V-BAR, AND SHE GOT UP TO GO BUY A DRINK, LEFT THE PH ON THE TABLEM BUNCH OF ( WANT TO KNOW YOU) LOCALS CAME UP AND ASKED FOR A DANCE I POLIETLY TURNED THEM DOWN….THEY LEFT AND TOOK THE PH WITH THEM!!!! THE AI LALAFAS…..BUT FOR SOME REASON LATER THAT NIGHT MATE WAS ABLE TO GET HER PH BACK!!!! SOME TRICKY HAMOS OUT THERE!!!

  4. Lol.. yeah the faafafige’s will be the best guides you could have..

    dont get too close though.. lol.. JOKES..

    and hey you’d be surprised at how many people speak english here :P..

    btw.. can ANYONE write a blog?..

  5. Bahahahaha… You hit the nail on the head with your piece Kilifi, but I agree with Debbie… don’t be fooled by those locals… most of them, if not all understand english and most of them in Apia speak it.

    Don’t you just love the relaxed clubbing life in Apia… it’s a crack up!!!

    So which one was your favourite Lifi?… Bad billy’s? VBar?… don’t tell me… RSA a ea! bahahaha

  6. Haha! thanks John! this clubbing blog entry was written from my last experience in Samoa.. which was earlier this year πŸ™‚

    I’m heading back to Samoa (tommorow, Friday 14th, Melbourne Time) So, I have alot more in-store for the crap that people don’t talk about πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ @ Debbie! Yes, if you feel like writing, about ANYTHING, just hit up Hamo Geek Girl (you’ll find her on 1Samoana – or if you want to, email 1Samoana@gmail.com (and start writing) always looking for new writers!! πŸ™‚ (and that goes for anyone reading!)

    much love!

    and *smiles* at the response! thanks people!!! much much much appreciated!

  7. Nice blog. I haven’t been in W.Samoa since 99 and I look forward to my next visit, which is soon…. I moved back home (Pago) a year ago and have been trying to visit my cousins in Apia. But ua kele lava le pisi i galuega ma le aiga. Anyway, Apia always had the best clubs and music than Pago so I look forward to visiting real soon. Thanks for the update and the heads up on not wearing too much makeup, lol.

    … πŸ™‚

  8. well written article. Enjoyed reading and the tips provided are all too true and noteworthy for future (and newly current) clubbers to the tropics.
    Everyone’s a celebrity in the clubs. Ha ha.

    Nice one πŸ™‚

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