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Volume No.29 for Kabu ni Delai Kade

Ropate Valemei
Sunday, November 11, 2012

A RENOWNED iTaukei music group has been ressurrected to release their 29th volume music CD.

The Kabu ni Delai Kade has regrouped recently with new members to make another history in Fiji's music industry.

And this time, they have chosen to remix their songs with the assistance of a local music recording company.

Group leader and founder Semi Keli said they had been in the industry since 1979.

"We will release our 29th album sometime soon but we are waiting for the response from the recording studio," he said.

The 55-year-old music veteran said the original group he founded had split because most of the band members had formed a family of their own.

"The group had lost most of the band members in the past, but we were able to pick up again."

However, he said the split did not stop him. He recruited new members to the group.

"And then the same thing happened again for the new members. At one stage, we stopped performing and recording because of the lack of band members," he shared.

Keli said most of the past recruits were talented young men but were uncommitted.

"We lost hope on recording but we picked up lately. Our group members kept changing but I stayed on to keep the band together," he added.

Mr Keli guarantees their new volume will be a hit.

"If we could do it in the past, we can do it again today."

Keli aired his concerns about the increase in pirated music in Fiji. "Piracy put our hard work to waste. With piracy, we won't be getting commissions for our originality and hard work."

Keli is urging authorities to tighten laws against piracy.

A week ago, the Lautoka-based band performed at FBC's Radio Fiji One Corowalidi show at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

The band mesmerised crowd with their old-time favourites from the 80s and 90s like Gadreva meu sereki, Rarawa ni yaloqu, Noqu a mai gole yani and Kavoro ni yaloqu.