Music

‘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...

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...

Singing for ‘Lucky’

DETERMINED to walk away with the Kaila! Star Search 2018 award, Kathleen Hill says all preparation towards that is for her late friend Akuila Salavuki. Mr Salavuki, commonly known as ‘Lucky’, was allegedly murdered at the Suva Foreshore in May. The 21-year-old Hill, who was a close friend of Mr Salavuki, said when she was...

Kumar’s bhajan journey

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people.” These were the sentiments of 38-year-old Anuj Kumar who lives in Waidradra, Navua, and is a prominent bhajan (devotional song) artist. We caught up with Kumar at his latest bhajan competition at Rampur College in Navua last Saturday. His interest in bhajan began in his...

Singer Chris Brown arrested on battery warrant in Florida

(Reuters) – U.S. singer Chris Brown was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida, late on Thursday on a felony battery warrant issued by Tampa police, police said. Brown, 29, whose previous legal troubles include assaulting singer Rihanna in 2009, was released after posting a $2,000 bond, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Local news...

Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ shatters global records with one billion streams

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Canadian rapper Drake shattered records with his new album “Scorpion,” which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Drake’s record company, Republic Records, said the 31-year-old musician, who was the biggest seller in 2016,...

Music day to promote Fijian artists

THE public is invited to be part of the World Music Day and also support local musicians at the Fiji Museum tomorrow. The occasion is being organised by the Alliance Francaise de Suva and is celebrated every year in France on June 21 since 1982. Alliance Francaise de Suva director,Thomas Feldstein said this event was...

Perfect: Ed Sheeran concerts bring $34m to Dunedin economy

The impact British musician Ed Sheeran had on Dunedin has been felt long after his three shows in the city, with news his visit injected almost $38 million into the local economy. His concerts over Easter weekend were predicted to bring $34m, but exceeded that. Dunedin Venues chief executive Terry Davies said there were fears...

Voqa ni Delai Dokidoki dedicates win to father

“THIS is for our father.”

Seniboro Jnr Group making waves

THEIR song Kua ni vakatagici au is a local hit at the moment on the air and in nightclubs around Fiji, not forgetting overseas where many Fijians tune in daily. The Seniboro Junior Group has been making waves at every functions and events with a song that is close to their composer Eminoni Qaralawaki’s heart....

FPRA awards welcome new sponsor

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association yesterday received $5000 from Fintel for the FPRA music awards. Director Laisa Vulakoro said this was the first time Fintel was sponsoring the FPRAMAs. “We are so grateful to FINTEL who has come on board for the first time this year to sponsor the awards,” Vulakoro said. She also acknowledged...

Tabs investments gives $20k to music

TABS investments for the third year has come on board to sponsor the Fiji Performing Rights Association Music awards for 2018.

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