One Last “Ana Latu”

One last version of “Ana Latu,” a Tongan love song, and one of our favorites from our season of songs from the Pacific Islands. The performance is this video is by the California-bassed roots reggae band, Vintage Music Collective. In class when we sing “Ana Latu” we usually preface it with the acknowledgement that there are a lot of Pacific Islands goodbye songs, lamenting the leaving of a friend. Before the advent of airline travel any voyage from the Pacific islands would be long and treacherous. perilous at best. When our friends would leave we would know they would eventually be coming back but we’d never really “know.”