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Mawi hopes to inspire

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WELL recognised musician Tom Mawi hopes to inspire young people to be part of the music world during this year's All Back Home music event in July.

Mawi is no stranger to music lovers, having more than 20 years experience in the local music industry.

Mawi, who started playing jazz in the late 50s, said to be part of the All Back Home music event this year was a wonderful thing since he would get a chance to play alongside well-recognised musicians who now reside overseas and local musicians too.

"It is always a great opportunity for old and new musicians to come together and play music because it is something that bonds all of us together," Mawi said.

"It was a great idea to make it an annual music event for us especially since most of the well recognised musicians now reside abroad.

"The event that we did last year was a great success and this year we hope it will have a great turnout as well especially since we will have a lot of musicians from Australia being part of the event."

He said there was a lot of talent out there and they should give them a chance to showcase their music talent to the world.

"Younger people love listening to all sorts of music compared to older people and so it is important to take into consideration the type of music they love too," Mawi said.

"When I started playing in the late 50s the music was different then compared to now, back then we used a lot of instruments with less or no singing but now people prefer listening to people sing too so music has really developed over the years.

"I am more into jazz but the music industry is changing and so we need to be able to perform other types of music when playing for an audience and so that is why it is important to hold such music events in Fiji."

Mawi will be part of a Blues Festival in New Caledonia next year which is a tribute to Ray Charles.

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