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2017 FPRA Awards

Atasa Moceituba
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Andrew Buka Bolakoro the funny man on TV commercials, had his big laugh when he scooped the 2017 Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) most popular music video award.

Commonly known as Drixstar, he hails from Lau with maternal links to Naisaumua Village in Tailevu.

Drixstar's catchy hip-hop groove set hips rocking when he launched the song amid the 2017 Rio Olympics.

Titled "Sau Tiko Viti" Drixstar didn't think of an award when he first scribbled the song on paper but merely hoped to lift the spirits of doubters with a song to support the sevens national team.

He said he would not have reached that far without the support and guidance of the Almighty, his family and members of the public.

"I was not expecting it. Totally caught me off guard. I was actually backstage prepping for my performance when they made the announcement," Bolakoro said.

"One of the production crew ran backstage calling out "Drixstar!!" I was like "io" and he was like you've won an award. It happened so fast when I went up stage to receive the award I had to ask again what it was for."

He named his grandfather musician Eremasi Tamanisau Sr, Tropic Thunda aka George Wasile and Wilo Usuramo to be the three people he looked up to when it comes to music. "I would like to thank the awesome fans, friends and family that voted for "Sau Tiko Viti" those votes really helped.

"I was overwhelmed. I would like to thank the Fiji Olympics 7s team for being the inspiration behind the song."

"A few people doubted the Fiji Olympic 7s team but I just decided to let that negativity fuel my efforts in making the song because I had full confidence in the boys winning that Gold for Fiji and so did a lot more people."

"I want to thank everyone that enjoys the music I make. Being able to connect with you guys through music is beyond awesome. I love making people smile. And I hope my music will do just that."

Bolakoro is a graphic artist and audio producer at Communications Fiji Ltd.

Some of the famous songs that Bolakoro recorded are "Lasutaka", "Cava Tiko Mada", "Bus Ride", "Sau Tiko Viti" and his latest "Flags Up in the Air" which was recorded for the Coca-Cola Games this year.

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