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Beat to inspire youths

Samisoni Nabilivalu
Friday, May 11, 2012

YOUNG bass guitarists, lead guitarists, pianists and drummers participated in a workshop conducted by performers at the 2012 Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Festival director Billy Te Kahika Jr said it was a pleasure for him and the other artists to reach out to young Fijians interested in music or a career in the music industry through the one-day workshop.

The workshop began with performances by Te Kahika Jr and his troupe before participants were divided into groups with the musicians for separate sessions on their instruments.

Te Kahika Jr told participants at the Fiji National University's Raiwai Campus that bass guitarist Edgar San Gabriel, drummer Michael Beck, and pianist David Thomas wanted to inspire them.

"Hopefully, we can teach you a couple of things.

"We want to use this festival opportunity to start a connection between New Zealand's talent with Fiji," he said.

"Today is about your dreams. Hopefully, we can help you get close to them."

He told the participants, in particular University of the South Pacific and FNU students, he would organise free passes for them if they could find their own way to Port Denarau for the 2012 Fiji International Jazz and Blues Festival.

Mr Thomas said it was a privilege to be in Fiji to serve participants and added he wanted to get inside their heads so he could understand what he could impart to them that would be of relevance.

"Sound and the command of sound have always intrigued me. Having command of sound is a privilege," he said.

"I encourage you, whatever your field, follow that dream, it's worth it.

"I know, I'm happy doing what I'm doing."


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