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Music awards

INTO its sixth successful year, the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music Awards acknowledged 15 artists and musicians who were recognised for their hard work last night. FPRA awarded artists who have worked tirelessly over the year trying to release good quality music that listeners could enjoy. FPRA chairman Saimone Vuatalevu said the existence and...

2019 FPRA Awards: 15 awards up for grabs

The 2019 Fiji Performing Rights Association Music Awards is underway at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Artists, guests and nominees have arrived for the awards night with most taking advantage of the fashion watch at the red carpet. Seru Serevi said every year they hope to get more talented artist to be part of...

Maxie to feature as special guest

OLD school musician is what renowned guitarist Maxie Columbus would call himself today. Maxie is a Fiji-born US-based musician with an impeccable music career spanning over a few decades. The Ovalau-born guitarist is overwhelmed at the thought of performing at tonight’s Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) music awards at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva....

Ratusaki’s song nominated for award

WILLIAM Ratusaki’s first ever original song Viti, You’ve Got Me Thinking is nominated for Best English Song at the 2019 FPRA Music Awards presented by Goodman Fielder. The Lautoka lad said it was a song dedicated to young people facing barriers in life, particularly discrimination or labels placed on youth in society today. “I didn’t...

Musician’s passion

ALESI Naituivau’s passion for singing began at a tender age and her passion for writing songs was harnessed when she joined as a freelance feature writer for a newspaper in 1997. Naituivau says she comes from a family of singers and composers from her mother’s side, the Naivalurua family. “My mother’s family is the Naivalurua...

Young singer unveils album

MEGHNA Goundar’s interest in music began at the tender age of four after watching her father, Sagadewan Goundar, practise with his band. Today at 16 years, she said she was thankful for the influence her father had on her because it opened up the opportunity to release her first album. “So it all started as...

Love for classics behind support

THE Fiji Performing Right Association (FPRA) received yet another boost to its preparation for its annual awards night. This was after Hot Bread Kitchen (HBK) handed over $10,000 to event organisers yesterday for the show in May. The contribution is expected to fund the best composition category at the awards — one of the major...

Tribute to Bob Marley

WHEN Maxi Priest sang on US jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour’s remake of Waiting In Vain released in 1993 and Jonathan Butler recorded his soulful version of No Woman No Cry in 2001 — they captured and reinvented classic Bob Marley tunes in ways never before imagined. Ritenour’s addition of one of Marley’s most memorable love...

FPRA awards 2019: Goodman Fielder secures naming rights

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association today announced  Goodman Fielder as the major naming rights sponsor for the FPRA awards this year . FPRA director Inoke Kalounisiga acknowledged Goodman Fielder for coming on board this year and giving a sponsorship worth $25,000. “It will now be named the 2019 FPRA Music Awards presented by Goodman Fielder,...

$5k sponsorship boost for annual music awards

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association’s (FPRA) preparations towards their annual music awards in May is well in progress. FPRA board members yesterday received a timely gift of $5000 cheque from Vatuvara Private Islands in Suva. FPRA board member Laisa Vulakoro said the island resort was sponsoring the “Best English Song” category for this year’s awards...

$10k Digicel support for 2019 FPRA awards

DIGICEL Fiji today announced its support of $10,000 sponsorship for the 2019 Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) music awards to be held in May at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Mike Greig said it was a great partnership to support local musicians strive for success in the work they...

Singer sings his heart out in his new album

AFTER three years on a sabbatical, popular singer, Viliame Navoka is back with a new single. Viliame , who goes by the stage name VLY, says this song will show a different side of him apart from the usual upbeat and dance tracks that Fijian listeners associate him with. VLY has several Fijian hits to...

VLY comeback into the music scene with a love song

AFTER a three year break from composing and recording music, local artist Viliame Navoka AKA Vly is back with a newly released love song. Known usually for his upbeat and groovy dance tracks, the bubbly singer says this song will show a different side of him to listeners. “Its actually a sad song about a...

For the love of music

GROWING up in their respective villages and singing sigidrigi was one of the factors that motivated seven men from Nagigi Village in Labasa and nearby villages in Savusavu to form a band of their own. Known as the Nakauvadra-Dewala-Vasu-Ni-Tuatua Brothers, their mission is to share their talents and encourage more people to love music. For...

Marika’s love for music

AFTER many years on the music front, singer and songwriter Marika Nakete feels it’s time to give recording another go. Some of the local hits Marika worked on alongside his aunt Laisa Vulakoro include A sia dina arai and Aule which made it to the top of the local radio hits in the past few...

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