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Rosi ni Qamea

Solomoni Biumaiono
Sunday, December 09, 2012

Nagigi villager and iTaukei Vude singer Kerry Damudamu is going to officially release his sixth album Rosi ni Qamea next week in Suva at a concert planned to be held at the Civic Centre.

Damudamu, who is based in Taveuni, says his decision to launch his latest album was only made after the popularity of the single Rosi ni Qamea which has been hitting the airwaves frequently.

"I only recorded it as a single and went back to Taveuni, but when the song gained popularity, I came back in October to finish the album," Damudamu says.

The song Rosi ni Qamea is the love story of Miliana Alatoa who is from Qamea and married to a Taveuni man.

Alatoa's story recently made headlines as she was identified, and her story was published and this has somehow made Damudamu uneasy and he promised the version of Alatoa's story in his CD will be different from the one released as a single.

"I have changed some of the lyrics and in a way apologising to the woman for turning her love story into a song but I was actually approached to do the song.

"Maybe the song is too popular that's why people are talking about it and listening to it but I have made changes to the song," Damudamu says.

This is the second such song which tells of Alatoa's love life, the first also gained much popularity and it was sung by Jiosefata Vetaukula and his Mulumu Ni Tobu Kei Naivaukura group.

"The request for me to write a song about the rosi ni Qamea was given to me many years ago, but I didn't get around in doing it until recently, and Jio released his version earlier," he says.

Apart from the title track, the 12-song album also has a promise of a new song called Fiji Airways which is a tribute to the national carrier, and the album also has a Christmas song which is aimed at this year's festive season.

"For this album, the sound is a bit different from my previous albums, and at the concert, I will have a live band to back me up and also the Jezreel group from Taveuni who will perform with me live on stage," he says.

The album was recorded at Sireli Ulumatua's Raven recording studio at Raiwai and this is not the first time Damudamu has teamed up with Ulumatua to produce an album.

It is also one of the rare times that Damudamu comes away from his farm in Taveuni to perform as a musician in a musical career that spans a decade.

The Nagigi native has in the past produced some iTaukei classics but he rarely goes on a concert tour and his last public performance was two years ago at the Suva Hibiscus Festival.

"Somehow it has always been straight back to Taveuni after recording an album and also, because I have my farm there, so to be performing live clashed with this, but I always love to perform live," Damudamu says.

His last album was a duet with Josephine McComber which was recorded in 2009 and he was grateful that through the help of Consort Shipping and the Ministry of Health, he is able to record and also to host his album launching.

In between, Damudamu is also thinking of furthering his education which was stopped some years earlier because of indiscipline, but he thinks he is now mature enough to go back to school.

But he says, making music is something he loves to do and his love is expressed through his latest works in his latest album.

The launch of the Rosi ni Qamea album will be held next Wednesday at the Civic Centre and tickets are selling fast.

He also confirmed that he plans to hold a concert in Lautoka the week before Christmas, but he is still to confirm the date of that concert.

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