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Event to help keep interest in industry intact

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, June 05, 2014

RATU Joe Tabakaucoro believes Fiji is losing some of its musicians to other art forms so he says events such as the All Back Home concert this weekend gives them the needed boost to stick to the music industry.

The renowned bassist and music producer is one of the many local and Australia-based musicians who will perform at the ABH event at the Royal Suva Yacht Club on Saturday.

"We have been looking forward to it since last year, a very successful event and the planning actually started from last year," Ratu Joe said.

"We are happy that it has finally eventuated this year and the arrival of Sydney-based musicians and the support of Suva-based musicians have been overwhelming.

"I heard that people are still calling to take part but there are only a certain amount of slots but we look forward to a much bigger and better event next year.

"It's a very worthwhile cause."

Ratu Joe, who plays with the famous Suva One2Eight band alongside Nesbitt Hazelman, said this event also gave chances to musicians — young and old — to work and learn from each other.

"I started playing professionally in 1984 with the school (MBHS) band and still going on, currently with the One2Eight Band.

"I am proud to be part of this ABH event with these other musicians and we hope to get bigger sponsors next year and make the event a bigger one."

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