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Savuto strives to keep vude alive

Frederica Elbourne
Friday, March 16, 2012

VUDE prince Savuto Vakadewavosa will sing with seven other artists at the Millennium Development Goals Go Live concert tonight to the tune of an original track that promotes sustainable environment.

He is among 10 finalists vying for the prizemoney ranging from $2000 to $5000.

Make a Change was written a year ago but Vakadewavosa brought it to the fore after reading about the MDGs Go Live song contest in The Fiji Times.

The 24-year-old Tailevu lad with maternal links to Vanua Levu recorded the song at Soul Studio where it was produced by Doctor Craig Adams of the Fiji National University's College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

The college commissioned the contest to advocate for the MDGs through music.

According to the college, Vakadewavosa found "his space" in church where he demonstrated his musical abilities at the age of 10 years.

Savuto has performed and recorded with musicians such as Laisa Vulakoro and Paulini Curuenavuli, the college said, adding Savuto talked to friends and fellow artists to sing with him a song for environmental sustainability.

Artists who will perform his song with him at the National Gymnasium tonight include one of the 10 finalists of the contest Elena Baravilala, MIC winner Matereti Koro, Ilisavani Cava, Kiti Nuimataiwalu, Pauliasi Koroiwaca and Eroni Dina.

"Savuto realises that young Fijians are moving away from vude music and wants to work solidly in this genre to try and bring new influences into vude to ensure that this form of traditional music is kept alive and enjoyed by young people," the college's projects officer Peter Sipeli said.