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Homecoming trip for a king

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, October 05, 2013

WHEN US-based rhythm and blues reggae band Common Kings touches down in Nadi in just over three weeks time, for one of the members the trip will be a homecoming.

Ivan Kirimaua was born in Suva and returning to perform in front of his people has the bass player more than excited.

"You know, never in my life would I have ever thought that one of my trips back home would be a headlining tour with my Common Kings brothers," he told this newspaper.

"The feeling is definitely surreal and it will feel even more so when we touchdown in Fiji in a few weeks."

Kirimaua said his recollections of Fiji were a mixture of warm memories of his late grandfather and the humorous events that are unique to the country.

"Some of the best recollections of my childhood in Fiji definitely have to be the times spent with my late grandfather or tutu Lui Young.

"I miss him dearly along with one of my favourite uncles, uncle Tukai.

"There are a lot of other memories but for some reason, I always remember having to drink copious amounts of layalaya whenever we got sick.

"I also remember sitting in a wheelbarrow thinking I was by myself and 'practising' how to swear at somebody when they swore at me, next thing I know my mum is teaching me how to rinse my mouth out with an entire block of soap and my aunty coming to my rescue."


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