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Experience pays off for singer

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, May 25, 2014

THE singing career of Talei Draunibaka has indeed been one of new encounters and interesting sights, and as the Fijian singer shared the awesomeness of her travel opportunities with this newspaper, her passion for music was difficult to ignore.

It all started back in 1999, the veteran singer said, adding that her debut performance was at Traps Bar in Suva.

"It was a part-time thing then I just picked up at the Join the Band in 2004 and in 2008 I became a full-time singer," Draunibaka said.

"I did three years with Sheraton Fiji and I performed seven nights a week, then at the end of 2010, I spent three years in China.

"I did that up until the end of last year when I got back into the country and now we are looking into doing stuff here back in the local market."

When asked about her experiences singing in difference countries, let alone completely different continents, she said it was all an enriching experience.

"China was a whole new environment, it was a new audience and they were very different from all the other audiences I have experienced.

"At the Sheraton Fiji, we had a unique opportunity because we have people who watched us and they would fly us to Australia or New Zealand for their weddings.

Draunibaka said the All Back Home music event provided an amazing opportunity for our local musicians to share ideas and talents.

"For me as an artist, I am always into sharing the stage with musicians with either local or international musicians because we get to learn more and share ideas and it helps us to improve and be innovative in our career path."

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