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Ready to groove

Felix Chaudhary
Friday, May 02, 2014

WHEN he performed with Rosiloa a few years ago, Akuila Qumi brought in a fresh perspective to one of Fiji's greatest musical exports.

His deep baritone added depth to the Rosiloa vocal chants and his lyrical addition to their Pacific-wide smash hit i Mada added colour to the hip-hop flavoured tune.

This weekend, the media personality will showcase something close to his heart.

Qumi, along with six string slasher Mike Reymond, former Exodus drummer Tall John, bassist John Lal and Mac Heatley, will take the stage at the 2014 Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival this weekend and deliver their version of low down deep grooves.

"We'll basically be doing our renditions of some blues classics and a few originals written by Mike and collaborations amongst the boys," he said.

Qumi's love affair with jazz and blues began when as a youngster, he would listen to Maxi Columbus and his band, The Mules, practise at his father's nightclub, Bali Hai in Suva.

"There's just so much talent in Fiji and events like this festival is an opportunity for locals to be exposed to something different."

About 100 international and local artists are performing at the 2014 Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival in Suva.

The Fiji Times is the official print media partner for the event.

* Program on Page 44

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