TRIBAL tunes filled the air on Saturday night as about 150 people gathered to watch American hip-hop band Audiopharmacy take the stage at the Civic Centre in Suva.
The band, which was brought to the country by the US Embassy, came in from touring Thailand and was happy to be playing in Fiji.
"The atmosphere here is a lot more chill — that's a good thing for us and were really happy to be here," said lead guitarist Teao while introducing the band.
Joining the band on stage were local rap artists, Dave Lavaki, also known as Mr Grin and Sammy G, who rapped some of their famous tunes to the receptive crowds.
Reigning Miss Hibiscus Drue Slatter also got up during a song and danced alongside the band members.
"They're a breath of fresh air and it's really great that they're here encouraging more local participation in the music industry," she said on Saturday evening.
The four-member group came into the country on Thursday and have since toured through Nadi and Suva, where they have hosted two concerts and a number of classes on creating original music.
According to the US Embassy's regional media affairs specialist Snehal Morris, they decided on bringing the band into the country as an initiative to spread positive messages and inspire local artists to create original music.
The group hosts a final class today at the Conservatorium of Music in Suva and heads back to the US later this week.