Music

Danny’s musical disappointment

NO prophet is accepted in his own home country. This quote is often used to describe how someone with so much talent is not given due recognition while they are alive in their country of birth. Case in point, the author of the quote – Jesus Christ – who stunned an audience in a Nazareth...

Music by the beach

THIS weekend’s “Bands By The Beach” event is expected to provide music lovers an opportunity to listen and enjoy live music entertainment and also have fun with families. Event co-coordinator and Tiny Sounds Band leader Natalie Raikadroka said a total of eight bands and two solo artistes would be performing at the one-day event this...

The Voice – Voli makes it big

WHEN Voli was asked by The Voice judges where he was from he proudly said “My name is Voli and I am from the beautiful Fiji islands. I’m an albino Fijian living in beautiful Bondi beach, I’m so honoured to be here”. Growing up Poasa Voli Koroibuleka (Voli as he is commonly known) had always...

Ready to rock again

FIJI’s first Indian reggae band is getting ready to hit the local music scene again after a hiatus of 22 years. Tru-Vybs, a group out of the Sugar City which first took its one-drop sounds to the streets in 1987, is making a comeback. Group founder and drummer Robert Joseph said the decision to emerge...

Spotlight – Viliame Matakeiviti Ratumaimuri Navoka (VLY)

Local singer and songwriter Viliame Navoka aka Vly started performing on the national stage in 2011. His first single release Muju Cola was released in 2012 which brought him to the limelight. His interest in music started when he was in primary school and used to be part of the Nadawa Methodist Choir. He released...

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...

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