Music

Cher turns back time with album of ABBA cover versions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a cameo in the “Mamma Mia!” movie sequel gave Cher a taste for the music of ABBA. Now the singer and actor is releasing an album that will feature cover...

Senivutuvula band, the pride of Vaturova

THEY are the true essence of Vaturova hospitality, instilling in every stranger a feeling of being at home. This was the feeling of a recent government entourage to the village led by Minister for Employment Jone Usamate as they were being serenaded by the Senivutuvula band. Back in the days, the original Senivutuvula band was...

Turkey fines TV channel for Pink’s video with dancing of ‘homosexual nature’

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey has fined a television channel for showing a music video by Pink that featured “erotic dance figures of a homosexual nature”, a ruling made by its television watchdog showed. Broadcaster AS TV was fined by the Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) over the video for “Secrets”, which it said...

Respect within Fiji’s music industry

RESPECT is a rhythm and blues song originally recorded and released by US singer Otis Redding in 1965, but it was Aretha Franklin’s 1967 version that took the world by storm. Respect is what Aretha got because she gave it. Despite her mega success as a recording artist and performer, she never forgot her gospel...

Band makes it big

HIS passion for fighting crime led Qica Vosamana to joining the Fiji Police Force, became a policeman and led young boys in his village in Macuata province to form a musical group — which is now creating airwaves in Fiji. The Vesidrua Village lad, together with his cousins and brothers, formed the Savu Rogoyawa kei...

Bishop sorry for embrace of Ariana Grande at Aretha funeral: report

(Reuters) – The bishop who officiated at Aretha Franklin’s funeral has apologized for being “too familiar” when he embraced singer Ariana Grande after her tribute to the Queen of Soul. Bishop Charles H. Ellis III of the Greater Grace Temple was criticized by many social media users for appearing to touch the side of the...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Fans pay their last to Aretha Franklin

DETROIT (Reuters) – Aretha Franklin’s body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured out from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the Queen of Soul. Franklin died last week at the age of...

Prakash’s growing love for ‘kirtan’

MY music will tell you more about me than I ever will. This was the sentiment of local kirtan artist Praneel Prakash Charan who has been singing for nearly two decades now. Prakash’s love for kirtan began when he was in class six through his father Ram Charan — “SP Boy” — who himself was...

Howlett is Fiji’s first Grammy winner

WORLD renowned musician and music producer Mike Howlett is a Grammy award winner. He has also rubbed shoulders with the best in the business. As a producer he has worked with some of the biggest English pop groups including Tears for Fears, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and the Thompson Twins. As a bass guitarist...

Eagles hits album tops ‘Thriller’ on all-time sales list

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Eagles’ greatest hits compilation featuring rock classics such as “Take It Easy” and “Witchy Woman” has dethroned Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the top-selling album of all time, according to industry data released on Monday. The album, called “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975,” has racked up sales or streams of more than...

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies aged 76 – AP

NEW YORK, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools,” died on Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died...

Rap, hip-hop in focus

FIJIAN band, Tolu (Three) plans to introduce new musical genres into the iTaukei music industry to make it more diverse and appealing. While many are used to hearing iTaukei love ballads, duets, jazz, and hymn singing, the band is slowly introducing rap and hip-hop in Fiji through new numbers yet to be compiled into an...

Festival of Praise: Sunday schoolers take to the stage tomorrow

THE Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma’s Sunday School members will take to the stage at Furnival Park, Toorak, tomorrow during the third day of the church’s 2018 Festival of Praise in Suva. Church secretary for Communications and Overseas Mission the Rev Wilfred Regunamada said the festival, which featured students of primary, secondary schools and...

Marika is 2018 Kaila! Star

SEVENTEEN year old Marika Bosekoviti is the 2018 Kaila Star! The Yawe, Kadavu-lad proved his star quality when he belted Michael Buble’s classic “Feeling Good” wowing the thousands of people that turned up at the Kaila Star Search finale at the Valelevu Grounds in Nasinu. The John Wesley College student survived the tough rounds of...

Kaila Star Search: Finalists ready to rock the stage

ONLY one act will walk away tonight as this year’s Kaila! star. The 10 finalists, who have survived tough rounds of competitions in the past weeks, are in their final hours of preparation and are ready to rock the stage tonight. This year’s Kaila! Star Search consultant, Savuto Vakadewavosa, said expectations were high for a...

Vude Queen comes a long way

MUSICIAN Laisa Vulakoro, commonly known as the Vude Queen, has come a long way. Vulakoro has contributed a lot to the local musical industry and inspired so many upcoming talents. Tomorrow marks another milestone for Vulakoro as she prepares to launch her new album ‘Sa ‘A Si’a Dina ‘Arai’. Vulakoro spoke to this newspaper about...

Jay and Tui to perform another original at Kaila! final

LOSING someone is a painful experience, but turning that loss into art takes extreme courage, talent and emotions. Tuimudremudre Volavola and Jr Buresova, also known as ‘Jay and Tui’, who are the only duet finalist at the 2018 Kaila! Star Search competition are looking to surprise the crowd at the final show this Saturday, with...

Ilai finetunes songs

WHEN musicians in the North fail to tune their songs to the liking of their listeners, they usually refer to Ilai Lomaloma for help. This is usually done at Faith Studio when albums are recorded. The studio, which used to sit in the heart of Labasa Town, has closed down because the owner, Ilai, operates...

Singer Demi Lovato reported stable after suspected overdose

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Demi Lovato was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday due to a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lovato, 25, has spoken openly about cocaine and alcohol abuse. Representatives for Lovato did not respond to a request for comment but People magazine, quoting an unidentified source, reported...

2018 Kaila Star Search: Top 15 contestants

WITH seven participants eliminated from the first Kaila! Star Search elimination round on Friday, event consultant Savuto Vakadewavosa has urged the remaining participants to consistently bring out their best going forward. Vakadewavosa said competitors had to continue to lift their performances as the contest progressed, there was no room for laxity. “For the 15 who...

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