VIDEO: Samoan player's family brings culture to Mater Dei football games

VIDEO: Samoan player's family brings culture to Mater Dei football games

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VIDEO: Samoan player's family brings culture to Mater Dei football games

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There is a notable Samoan presence in Southern California, and as it does in many other locales, it makes its way into football at all levels. At one high school, it’s taken on a much more visible role as one family rallies behind their own.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Mater Dei has featured a Samoan drum line of sorts for the past four seasons, an honorary tribute to Monarchs senior Tupua Seanoa. The musical accompaniment is put on by Seanoa’s family, who bring drums, conch shells and high spirits to each and every Mater Dei contest, no matter where and when it takes place.

The entire effort serves as a way for the Seanoa’s to remain supportive and connected as one family, something they said registers strongly with Mater Dei’s own academic and athletic culture.

“One thing that Samoan culture is about is family, and I know that Mater Dei is about family as well. So it all just blends in together,” Kalea Seanoa, Tupua Seanoa’s sister, told the Times.

In the process, the Seanoa family has been able to educate the Mater Dei footballing public about Samoan customs in a real and substantial way, a benefit for all that is scheduled to conclude after the 2015 season, when Seanoa graduates.

That’s a shame, because the drumming and conch playing has certainly made Monarch musical accompaniments some of the nation’s most unique, particularly for a regionally and nationally-relevant football power.

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