UN Pacific concert: Knox hails music rally

Knox performs during the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music Awards at the Grand Pacifi c Hotel in Suva in 2016. The guitar-toting singer-songwriter from Naimasimasi, Tailevu will be part of today’s global Pacifi c Unite: Saving Lives Together virtual concert. Picture: FILE

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 organised show.

Knox said he was grateful to the UN for providing a platform for Pacific artists to showcase their music to “unreached places”.

“So we are not only uniting the Pacific to come together and fight the pandemic, this united voice is providing us an unprecedented opportunity to take our music to new fans and new audiences across the globe,” he said.

Other acts include Nem & Talei and Skillz from Fiji, Jah Boy from the Solomon Islands, Jay Hoad from Australia, Juny B from Kiribati, Justin Wellington from Papua New Guinea, Kendal T from Palau, Mia Kami from Tonga, Paulini from Australia, Poly Flavour from Samoa, Stan Antas, Yosh and Vanessa Quai from Vanuatu, Te Vaka and Tiki Taane from New Zealand, Tropikana Breeze from Tuvalu and UN Messenger of Peace Yo-Yo Ma from the USA.

The UN said the concert would also feature appearances from UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the Fiji national rugby sevens team, Oscar-winning actor and Sustainable Development Goals advocate Forest Whitaker, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

“This will be the first ever virtual concert to comprise primarily of artists from across the region and be accessible to audiences not only in the Pacific but around the world,” said Tofiga Fepulea’i, the actor and comedian who plays Aunty Tala – the concert host.

UN resident co-ordinator for 10 countries in the Pacific Sanaka Samarasinha said the concert was a call, through music and art, for continued solidarity across the region to combat the pandemic.

“The concert will pay tribute to essential workers across the Pacific for the work they’ve done so far to prevent transmission and save lives,” he said.

The Pacific Unite: Saving Lives Together will be aired by broadcasters across the globe including the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation and also streamed on United Nations in the Pacific Facebook page and UN Web TV.

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