The sounds of Mia

Mia Kami with Phil Dakei at Noisy Oyster Studio. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

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 to share her thoughts and ideas on issues that matter.

And a lot of her messages focus on the uniqueness and strengths of the Pacific people.

They speak about how important it is for every Pacific person to connect with their identity and use it as a platform to address socio-economic and political issues, rather than ideologies and conflict.

Mia believes music, especially Pacific music, written by Pacific people, have the ability to do that.

The EP, recorded by Rako co-founder and producer Paul Dominiko and Phil Dakei from Noisy Oyster Studio, features six songs.

“Each was inspired by different things,” the 22-year-old said.

“A lot of the stuff I write is about how I feel about certain issues.

“Mana was written about story-telling for people of the Pacific and indigenous people.

“It speaks about how story-telling plays such a big part in our communities.

“I believe it’s really important to reclaim our narratives as Pacific people and that’s why I wrote Mana.

“I have another song called Rooted, which was initially written for an anti-logging campaign in Papua New Guinea two years but they never used it.

“So I took it back and changed the messaging of it, to kind of become a song of standing in solidarity as a Pacific people in the face of globalisation and rapid change.

“And there is also a song about emotions and liking people – so my music is based on personal experiences and how I feel about certain issues.”

Mia said working with Paul Dominiko and Letila Mitchell from Rako, who also co-manage her, and Phil Dakei has been nothing short of “amazing.”

“Paul and Letila have seen me grow as an artist, they’ve seen me grow from this shy timid person with a guitar to where we can perform together on stage at the drop of a hat.

“And with Paul and Phil, they both have very good ears, they pick up on things that I don’t.

“It’s definitely a really good combination of people.

“Phil has this new ear to my music, where he has never heard it before he can say things that Paul might not say.

“Whereas Paul knows the rawness of my music, he has heard it from the beginning and so both of them have these different inputs on what these songs can sound like.

“The best part of working with Paul and Letila is they are very focused on making sure my music will sound like me and stays true to my messaging and Phil is doing an amazing job on making that vision come true.”

For Phil Dakei, working with Mia at his newly established Noisy Oyster studio in Waimanu Road Suva, has been “inspiring”.

“She has a very interesting style and sound and it has been really good working with Mia because her music is honest and has such great messages,” the renowned producer said.

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