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Show brings audience to their feet

THE Suva Soul Revival Show had the crowd on their feet as they danced into the night last Friday at Kanalevu Kitchen, Laucala Bay Rd in Suva. Lead singer of ‘The Gang’, Saki Kaloumaira, said the show was about bringing back soul and old-school music. “We have been having these shows for the past two...

Louis Vuitton picks Shanghai for first furniture and homewares store

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Louis Vuitton on Friday announced plans to open a dedicated furniture and homewares store in Shanghai, a world first for the French luxury brand as it aims to expand further into lifestyle offerings to affluent Chinese clients. The appointment-only showroom, which will open on Monday, is located in a century-old three-storey mansion...

Rapper Cardi B wins California trial over explicit album cover art

(Reuters) -A California federal jury on Friday rejected claims that musician Cardi B misused a man’s image on the cover of her first 2016 mixtape album. The cover of “Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1” did not violate plaintiff Kevin Michael Brophy’s publicity or privacy rights by depicting an altered photo of another man with Brophy’s...

Simon Cowell’s new TikTok project gives users unreleased music

(Reuters) – Renowned talent scout Simon Cowell is back, but this time he is focused on the social media platform, TikTok. With the international “Got Talent” TV series, “American Idol” and many more projects already under his belt, Cowell is ready to help aspiring musicians on TikTok share their unique sounds with the world. Cowell...

K-pop star BTS member Jin to release first solo single next week ahead of military duty

SEOUL (Reuters) – K-pop singer Jin, a member of the hit boy band BTS, will release his first official solo single next week, the seven-member band’s agency said on Wednesday, following this week’s announcement that he will soon start military duty. The song, titled ‘The Astronaut’, will be released on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m....

Little Simz wins Mercury Prize for album “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert”

LONDON (Reuters) – Rapper Little Simz won the Mercury Prize for her fourth studio album “Sometimes I Might Be Introvert” on Tuesday, triumphing over contenders including Harry Styles and indie rock duo Wet Leg for the British music award. The 28-year-old, previously nominated in 2019 for album “Grey Area”, was among favourites to scoop the...

Rapper Coolio, known for ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, dies in Los Angeles at 59

(Reuters) – The rapper Coolio has died, NBC Los Angeles reported Wednesday, citing his manager, Jarez Posey. The artist, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., may have died of a heart attack, although an official cause of death has not yet been released, the television station reported, citing Posey. Coolio was best known...

Mausio’s journey

Managing the relationship you have with your customer is crucial to many businesses and even more so in the fashion industry where clothes are more than something to wear. Michael Mausio has used the pandemic and the lulls and lows during the crisis to get to know the people who wear his “House of Mausio”...

Backtracks: Prasad’s passion for religious songs

Patrick Prasad’s love for music started at a very young age. Prasad, reputed to be one of Fiji’s most prominent bhajan singers, says his thirst for spiritual knowledge and traditional music has led him a long way. “I first started singing kirtan when I was in Year 6 in my village mandali, and at that...

‘Strategy to work together’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the approach behind the Indo-Pacific strategy was not about opposing any country but rather about working together to deliver concrete results for people on issues that actually affect their lives. He outlined this in his recent address in a joint news conference on Denarau Island after a one-day...

Personal struggles – The best emotional medication

In 1965, The Beatles released a song called ‘Help’. The lyrics and the beat were so catchy, everyone loved it. The popularity of the song rocketed it to the top of the charts. When I first heard the song, I was 13 years old and blown away like millions of others with their music. But...

Backtracks: Song of ancestral gods, gold deposits

The song Lolo Mai Naua composed by Eminoni Qarailawaki, manager of village music group Seniboro Junior, relives the life of their ancestral god, Ratu Vunibula – the eight-headed snake – and the villagers of Sawanikula in the district of Muaira, Naitasiri. Passed down through the generations, Qarailawaki composed a song about the legend in 2011 while singing for another group, Drodrolagi kei Delainava. For...

BACKTRACKS: A family affair

If you follow The Fiji Times Facebook page, and were scrolling through your newsfeed on New Year’s Day, you would have come across a video of a family band playing at Namadi, in Suva. They were the Kaloucava Family Band, made up of Taione Kaloucava, his daughters Leba and Jan, his brother Alden Kaloucava, niece Maria, and his friend Atu Luvena. They formed their little band during...

Fijian Government to provide $250 cash to affected farmers

The Fijian Government will provide $250 cash to all cyclone-affected farming households for land preparation, cultivation, and procurement of planting materials. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum their estimates showed they had 20,000 households that would qualify. He said the Government had allocated $5million for this purpose. He said recent flooding had been tough on farmers. “Many of...

BackTracks: The dynamic couple

Live music, there’s just something about it. The way the volume and timbre of the raw sounds of the instruments stir feelings within and bring out that urge to jive and swing out across the dance floor. The people who make their living using their God given talents to share the gift of song with those who would listen, whether it be...

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