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Awards night to celebrate, recognise musicians

Solomone Rabulu
Thursday, February 08, 2018

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) music awards is about celebrating the achievements and the recognition of the local music industry, says FPRA Music Awards co-ordinator Seru Serevi.

Mr Serevi said while the industry struggled with the issue of piracy and technology, FPRA music awards was to give the artists in the industry a sense of compassion and recognition.

"This has been the issue dating back to the 1960s and 1970s and somehow it has gone worse now with the advanced technology where people are just illegally downloading our songs online," Mr Serevi said.

"We have had talks with the Fiji Police Force on the issue, and we have noted no improvement.

"We know it's not going to be easy monitoring such activities , but we are very much concerned.

"We are pleading with members of the public to know that downloading pirated music is illegal and is a crime.

"We are not earning much now from our passion in singing, and I am hoping that people will appreciate our existence and be part of this year's music awards' night."

FPRA chairperson Eremasi Tamanisau said the past awards nights had been successful and they would not have done it without their sponsors.

"We are very excited about how this year's event is going to turn out and we would like to call upon members who released their latest songs last year or new singers to fill in their application forms for this year's nominations which are available at our FPRA office.

"This is a good chance for our talented musicians and singers to gain recognition and public exposure."

Last year, Jesoni Tukanavakalima scooped the title for best new artist award.

For this, Mr Tamanisau strongly encouraged new singers or artists to be part of this year's awards.

"There are a total of 15 award categories at this year's music awards and we advise talented musicians and singers to come forward and be a part of this yearly event, it's exciting."

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