Music

Self-taught pianist

Lenati Vatuwaliwali Ramokosoi is a self-taught pianist who started playing the piano in Class 4 (Year 4). Ramokosoi did have a unique ability that influenced the way he played — he had a photographic memory. Most musicians use music sheet to help them play as for him once he plays he is able to play...

Guitarist ‘honoured’

Famed jazz guitarist Tomasi Mawi received a 50th Independence Anniversary medal for his contribution to Fiji’s music industry. The 75-year-old was among 26 medal recipients at the State House yesterday. “To receive this medal is a great honour,” Mr Mawi said. “I’ve been part of the music industry as a young boy in the late...

Not ready to quit – Vude Queen at 60

Fiji’s Vude Queen has just turned 60, an age where many would think of retirement and slowing things down. That would work for the masses, but it certainly doesn’t for Laisa Vulakoro. If the past few weeks were anything to go by, Vulakoro appears to have received a second wind. The Yacata, Cakaudrove, lass has...

Danny wins award

Fiji’s most prolific songwriter, musician, entertainer, producer and performing artist Daniel Rae Costello was posthumously awarded the Pacific Music Awards Trust’s Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement award in New Zealand last Saturday. The award, given to those who had made outstanding contributions towards the production, performance and development of music in the region, was...

Anthem of the moment

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says “Children of Fiji,” a song composed especially for Fiji’s 50th Independence anniversary, captures the heart, soul and spirit of our nation. Speaking at the launch of the anthem at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Suva, yesterday, he said the song embodied everything that was uniquely Fijian. “I love it,” the PM...

Fiji’s singing sensation Aggie to launch debut album

Four years of hard work has paid off for Fiji’s singing sensation Akanisi Vakaloloma – more fondly known as Aggie – as she prepares to release her debut album titled ‘Noqu Dodomo Vou’ this Saturday, October 3, 2020. Having been propelled into the music spotlight over recent years for her soulful vocals and vivid stage show,...

Musicians laud entertainment fest

Inside Out band leader Kuki Nalawa says Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa’s Beach, Beats and Eats event has been a huge boost for the group. “When COVID-19 hit Fiji, it literally took the rug out from under the feet of all musicians and entertainers,” he said. “So when Shangri-La’s Fijian food and beverage director Gerrard...

BACTRACKS: Adventutours ‘Yoyo’

Bobby Mudaliar took up singing in 1994. And as he grew in popularity, he began composing songs for whenever the Babasiga Lions won a national soccer tournament, whether it was the fiercely fought Battle of the Giants or the Inter District Championship. Mudaliar’s songs became instant favourites among Fijians of Indian descent who followed the...

Moroivalu recalls the good old days

Today, sigidrigi bands are a dime a dozen. Travel to any village or rural community and chances are you will find a group, complete with guitars and ukuleles strumming their way through iTaukei tunes. Wind the clock back half a century and the music scene was quite different. Taniela Moroivalu, the surviving member of the...

Kuki overcomes and reaches out in latest release ‘Let Go’

Apakuki Nalawa is no stranger to the music scene however in his latest song-release ‘Let Go’ he reveals a side of himself not known to many. He said this new song, addresses issues of  anxiety and depression. “I came up with the track Pre-COVID and after everything that’s happened this was the perfect time to...

BACKTRACKS: Qawali ‘from the heart’

Krishna Reddy’s home lies off a dusty dirt road in Vuniyasi, Nadi. It’s a place where mobile phone networks can barely connect, but spend a few minutes with him and out comes his trusty old harmonium. Reddy, in his inimitable style, wields magic on the wind-powered instrument and makes a connection that touches the depths...

FPRA music awards postponed to next year

The Fiji Performing Rights Association has postponed the annual FPRA music awards to May 8, 2021. FPRA’s chairman Eremasi Tamanisau said the awards will recognise the work of artists for 2019 and 2020. “So we have 15 categories and each category will have two awards one for 2019 and one for 2020,” he said. He...

UN Pacific concert: Knox hails music rally

Knox is excited. And he wants the people of Fiji and the region to rally behind today’s global Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together virtual concert and unite with the world in the fight against COVID-19. The guitar-toting singer-songwriter from Naimasimasi, Tailevu is relishing the opportunity to showcase his unique roots-rock songs at the United Nations...

The sounds of Mia

Mana, History and Rooted are some of the amazing songs that will feature on Mia Kami’s soon-to-be released EP. The 22-year-old has her hands full, juggling law and politics studies at the University of the South Pacific with composing, performing and recording her music. Mia’s songs were written from personal experience and a burning desire...

BACKTRACKS: Music gave me a sense of purpose, says Cavei

Long before professional recording facilities were established in Fiji, musical groups used to record at the then Fiji Broadcasting Corporation studio located at the FINTEL building on the corner of Town Hall Rd and Victoria Pde in Suva. Taito Cavei, the only surviving member of the famous Bua Ni Lomai Nabua serenaders remembers the time...

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