Fiji’s mournful Farewell Song

Fiji Anyone who has visited Fiji would have heard the soulful traditional song of farewell, Isa Lei. Every time I hear it I get teary, without having a clue what the true English translation is. For Fijians it’s a song lamenting someone leaving but also joyfully express the anticipation of eventual reunion.  It’s such an emotive song.

Researching for a story I’m writing after a recent visit to Fiji I came across several videos with English translation. But I think I prefer the impromptu versions of this beautiful hymm sung from the heart.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Now where is the tissue box?

Did you enjoy this article? We'd love to hear your comments!