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Jazz fest a success

Felix Chaudhary
Sunday, May 13, 2012

FIJI needs more events like the Jazz and Blues Festival.

This is the view of musicians, music lovers and businessmen in Nadi.

Apart from the tourism potential, financial gains to the restaurant and merchandising sectors and the hotel industry, local musicians said the opportunity to witness international artists first-hand had gone a long way towards their personal and collective growth.

"Watching the overseas bands perform has opened our eyes to what we can do with our music and we need more of this, it will only help us to become better," said Fiji Fusion band leader, vocalist and drummer Simione Rova.

Port Denarau Limited chief executive officer and managing director, Nigel Skeggs, revealed there was a lot of interest in erecting a permanent stage to host more regular events. "We want Port Denarau to be a place where there's always something going on and to be a hive of activity with a festive atmosphere," he said.

"I believe this is not only beneficial for businesses at the port but also will have flow-on effects into the local music industry," said Mr Skeggs.