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Music group makes a name for itself

NAMADI Heights in Suva is renowned as the home to some of the Capital City’s more affluent citizens. But tucked behind the gated homes and luxurious structures is an informal settlement that is home to hundreds who are trying to eke out a living and better their lives. And out of the corrugated iron and...

Shoeshine boys turn to music

IN 1979, concerned about the plight of shoeshine boys in Suva, former social justice advocate and Catholic priest Father Kevin Barr formed a music group called Super Shine 81. Interestingly enough, the group was made up of descendants of early settlers from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu who had made Suva their home. One of...

Musician’s exposure helps village band

Nabaka Village, Vanua Levu is not a name that comes to mind when one thinks about the Fijian music scene. But a quick delve into the village’s past and it becomes obvious there were a few musicians who developed enough skills to allow them to entertain in hotels around Savusavu in the ’70s and ’80s....

The end of an era

Fiji has lost one of her greatest singers and entertainers of all time with the passing yesterday of legendary vocalist Jese Mucunabitu. He was 70 and would have celebrated his 71st birthday next month. In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Mucunabitu’s unique golden voice brought to life classic iTaukei songs and compositions...

Choir group formed during a hurricane

Every choir group has its own unique story to tell. And one that has an interesting tale is the Vunimono Choir from Nausori. The gospel singing group was formed during Hurricane Bebe in 1972. In the midst of Bebe, one of the biggest storms at the time, the people of Vunimono Village were told to...

Paula’s wired for sound

When one hears of the Uprising Music Festival, they think of the drinks, the crowd and the great music that comes with it. The masses are often lost to the hard work that goes in to making the annual event as explosive as it is. The good news is nothing has changed when it comes...

Tough love Samson’s strength

Entrepreneurship came easy because as a child Samson Lee learned that every part of the business process costs something. Growing up in Nadi, Samson was the youngest of four children and was always trying new things and pushing boundaries and while his parents were very supportive, they charged him for everything the leading fashion designer...

Designer shifts base

Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, popular with surfers, holidaymakers and health conscious people who go to enjoy the dramatic scenery. Nadi-based Tracey Farrington brings that vibe alive in the resort wear she has produced for over 25 years that the fashionable holidaymakers can pick up at some of Australia’s...

Village finds its lost voice for sigidigi

The world has witnessed indigenous music from almost every corner of the globe. Latin America gave us the samba, bossa nova, cha-cha-cha and rhumba and Africa gave the world Afrobeat and township jive among so many others. The Caribbean spellbound us with calypso music and the steel drums and Jamaica unleashed the powerful one-drop sound...

Stage set for music fest

Get ready for some new music Fiji, says Inoke “Knox” Kalounisiga. The frontman of the Knox Brotherhood band made the comment in the buildup to the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival at the Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbour, on Saturday, December 5. “My band is glad for the opportunity to do what we love and to...

Oceans Gala fashion event a success

Acknowledging the United Nations Decade of Oceans, the Oceans Gala Fiji Fashion Week which took place over the weekend was a success. In her address, FFW’s managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the show acknowledged the ocean as a life force for Fiji and other Pacific Island countries. “The ocean is what connects us to the...

Aisea’s gypsy dreams

Glamour stirred his fashion interest but it’s really the challenge and difficulty of getting a collection from vision to the runway that drives Aisea Konrote. Trading under the Hefrani label, this is a designer whose garments have been on all the major runways of the Fijian fashion industry. While he has shone on other out-of-Suva...

Bridal dreams to cherish

Many young women grow up dreaming of looking beautiful and feeling special on their wedding day. It’s a fairytale that Cherish Prasad has listened to women tell him enough times to inspire his newest collection. The collection the Savusavu designer plans to showcase at the Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) Oceans Gala Show that will take...

Breakup song becomes a hit – Daugunu wins back girlfriend through song

In the mid ’70s, Esekaia Daugunu composed a song when his then girlfriend Adi Salote Savu broke up with him over a relatively small misunderstanding. He wrote the lyrics on a piece of paper and sent it via mail to her, saying it was his poem to her. When the song Ena yabaki 1974, ko...

Local vocal diva is back

Georgina Ledua says she is both excited and nervous about performing at the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival 2020 on December 5 at Pacific Harbour. The last time she graced the festival stage was three years ago under the banner of the band, Kulture. “It’s different when I will be the one fronting the band this...

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