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.