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Musicians to learn from each other

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, May 30, 2014

COMPOSER and performer Saimoni Vuatalevu believes the All Back Home music event provides a good platform for local musicians to perform and learn from each other.

The Lau native will join other musicians in the much anticipated event to be held at the Royal Suva Yacht Club on June 7.

"I really appreciate this initiative that we have come together again to perform after decades," he said.

"I have performed for the last four decades and playing together for one good cause is something great.

"At least music is doing something for the unfortunate or the poor.

"We look forward to sharing talents and ideas."

Vuatalevu said it was about time young musicians learnt from the older ones to better their performances.

"We have a lot of talents- there are a lot of young musicians coming up," Vuatalevu said.

"It's important that they learn from us — the old ones.

"I even started singing and composing at a very young age of 19 years.

"But I just learned every time I performed, it was a dream that I form a band and perform and sing locally and abroad.

"It will be good for younger musicians to follow us, a lot of people nowadays are into program music, it won't teach them.

"As a musician you have to learn and when you go out to perform, it has to be live.

"Discipline and attitude problems are major problems for some of our local musicians — discipline themselves and get the right idea."

Vuatalevu started singing in 1968 when he won the Fiji/ English talent quest.

"Since then I have been playing and I am still playing today.

"Fellow musicians who played with me have gone to form their own groups while some have passed on and I am still playing," Vuatalevu said.


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