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Fiji’s mournful Farewell Song

by Fiona Harper

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?

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drau bulanaka September 14, 2015 - 10:32 am

Hi Fiona, i like the song too. But its called Isa Lei.

Fiona Harper October 23, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Thank you for pointing that out, cheers Fiona

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