The Five Stars

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The Five Stars
Origin Western Samoa
Genres Polynesian Music, Pop Music
Years active 1974-2006
Labels Hibiscus
Past members Alofa Tu'uga Stevenson
Solomona Tu'uga Stevenson
Samu Poulava
Faifua Fa'atoe
Uili Misa

The Five Stars is one of the bands that covered songs from other famous string bands in Samoa like the Tiama'a and Punialava'a,[1]


Formed in 1974 the Five Stars were mainly a family outfit. They consisted of brothers Alofa and Solomona (Soloman) Tu'uga and their relatives Samu Poulava-Selesele, Faifua Fa'atoe and Uili Misa. They were also managed by Afoa Tu'uga who was the father of Alofa and Solomona Tu'uga. They were Hibiscus Records most prolific recording artists and during their career they released nine albums on vinyl LP and compact cassette and received two awards. One was a Gold Discs award and in 1986 the other was a New Zealand Music Award.[2] In the 1990s most or all of their LP catalogue was released on compact disc.

In April 2006, band leader, Alofa Tuuga Stevenson died in Brisbane, Australia.

A current version of the band continues as The Five Star Band with some remaining members and their family members.[3]

Line up[edit]

  • Samu Poulava-Selesele - (lead vocals)
  • Alofa Tu'uga aka Alofa Tu'uga Stevenson - (Lead Guitar)(Died 18 April 2006)
  • Uili Misa - (bass guitar)
  • Faifua Fa'atoe - (rhythm guitar)
  • Solomona Tu'uga aka Solomona Stevenson - (drums)

Other members[edit]

  • Steve Reupena-Stevenson (Bass, Guitar, Drums,Percussions).
  • Ross Uele
  • Sam Poulava-Selesele
  • Willie Misa
  • Sam Faifua Faatoe (died 30 July 2011)[3]

LP Releases[edit]

  • Popular songs of Samoa,Hibiscus records HLS-84 - (1980)
  • Fetu e Lima, Hibiscus Records HLS-87 - (1981)

CD releases[edit]

The Five Stars[edit]

  • Samoan Style (Popular Songs of Samoa), HLS-084, (1990) [4]
  • Samoa Matalasi - (My Beautiful Samoa), HLS-087
  • Live At The Rainmaker Hotel, HLS-090
  • Samoa With Love, HLS-092
  • Welcome to Samoa, HLS-094, (1995) [4]
  • Musika Malie (Good Music), HLS-097
  • Flower of Samoa Matou, HLS-108, (1998) [4]
  • The Five Stars Collection Vol 1(Popular Songs of Samoa), HLS-132
  • The Five Stars Collection Vol 2, (Popular Songs of Samoa), HLS-158, (1994) [4]
  • The Five Stars Collection Vol 3, (Popular Songs of Samoa), HLS-160, (1996) [4]
  • Siva Mai, HLS-175, (1998) [4]
  • Lalelei pea oe Samoa, HKLS-180

Meiona with The Five Stars[edit]

  • I Love You, HLS-143


  • Alofa, HLS-199


  1. ^ Samoa Matalasi, (My Beautiful Samoa),
  2. ^ One Samoan Lyrics >> Five Stars
  3. ^ a b The Five Star Band Website About Us
  4. ^ a b c d e f The Five Stars

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