Music

Choir group formed during a hurricane

Every choir group has its own unique story to tell. And one that has an interesting tale is the Vunimono Choir from Nausori. The gospel singing group was formed during Hurricane Bebe in 1972. In the midst of Bebe, one of the biggest storms at the time, the people of Vunimono Village were told to...

Paula’s wired for sound

When one hears of the Uprising Music Festival, they think of the drinks, the crowd and the great music that comes with it. The masses are often lost to the hard work that goes in to making the annual event as explosive as it is. The good news is nothing has changed when it comes...

Village finds its lost voice for sigidigi

The world has witnessed indigenous music from almost every corner of the globe. Latin America gave us the samba, bossa nova, cha-cha-cha and rhumba and Africa gave the world Afrobeat and township jive among so many others. The Caribbean spellbound us with calypso music and the steel drums and Jamaica unleashed the powerful one-drop sound...

Stage set for music fest

Get ready for some new music Fiji, says Inoke “Knox” Kalounisiga. The frontman of the Knox Brotherhood band made the comment in the buildup to the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival at the Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbour, on Saturday, December 5. “My band is glad for the opportunity to do what we love and to...

Breakup song becomes a hit – Daugunu wins back girlfriend through song

In the mid ’70s, Esekaia Daugunu composed a song when his then girlfriend Adi Salote Savu broke up with him over a relatively small misunderstanding. He wrote the lyrics on a piece of paper and sent it via mail to her, saying it was his poem to her. When the song Ena yabaki 1974, ko...

Local vocal diva is back

Georgina Ledua says she is both excited and nervous about performing at the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival 2020 on December 5 at Pacific Harbour. The last time she graced the festival stage was three years ago under the banner of the band, Kulture. “It’s different when I will be the one fronting the band this...

Alternative rock band Glass Alley raring to go with ‘different’ tunes

If there is one band that is going to stand out at the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival 2020, it has got to be Glass Alley. The motley crew emerged on the local music scene in 1997 and Glass Alley’s claim to fame is being Fiji’s first alternative rock band. Frontman and lead vocalist Albert Eastgate,...

A song composed onboard a navy ship

Six years ago, British Royal Navy engineer Lokitai Nainoca wrote his first single Momosi Ni Yaloqu. The ode to long-distance love was composed while he was deployed onboard the HMS Kent in the Persian Gulf – between the Arabian Peninsula and South-Western Iran. Launched in the United Kingdom in 2014, the tune found its way...

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...

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