Domo Vou Talei contest: Ten finalists chosen

Domo Vou Talei song competition judges Soko Loga (left), Saimone Vuatalevu, Tikiko ‘Tiks’ Korocawiri, Felix Chaudhary and Laisa Vulakoro busy at the FPRA office in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Judges in the Domo Vou Talei song contest have agreed on the 10 finalists in the original song competition.

They are Amos Simpson from Savusavu with his rock/blues ballad titled ‘Crazy In Love’, V5, a band of four Suva students – Jasmine Daunakamakama, Lia Daunakamakama, William Sanday and Sevu – with ‘Mango Tree’ and Titilia Mua Lacanivalu from Suva with her song ‘Mountain Spice’.

The list also includes west-siders Jerome Tauleka with ‘Au Nanumi Iko’ and Lautoka rapper Peni Roqara who goes by the stage name Ju Ben with ‘Kidava’.

Grace Vuata from Suva also made the final cut with ‘Wish for the Rain’, Joycelyn Karawa who goes by the stage name Part PoMel got in with ‘You’ and Caleb Fatiaki aka Lepi from Suva with ‘Losing’.

Nadi student Kaylia Duikete made it with her song ‘Memories’ and Sarah Blake, also from Nadi, got in with her tune ‘To Love And Be Loved’.

This week the 10 finalists will travel to Suva to be mentored by Sunia Soko Loga, the Fijian singing sensation that recently won the prestigious Korean Immortal Songs competition this year with his rendition of Isa Lei.

They will also be mentored by Laisa ‘Vude Queen’ Vulakoro and other living legends from the Fiji Performing Rights Association. To watch the 10 finalists perform their original songs live, get your tickets to the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival which will be held on July 9 in Pacific Harbour.

The Fiji Times is putting up the $5000 first prize purse and Westpac the $3000 for the People’s Choice Award.

The Fiji Times is a sponsor of Domo Vou Talei, along with the Australian High Commission, Westpac, Communications Fiji Ltd, Fiji Performing Rights Association and Knox Entertainment.

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