Domo Vou Talei: Duo set to sing

Domo Vou Talei finalists Kaylia Duikete, 18, and Sarah Blake, 26, are the first to arrive in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

Domo Vou Talei Competition song contestants Sarah Blake and Kaylia Duikete arrived in the Capital City yesterday.

The first of the 10 finalists said they were “excited and nervous” but were raring to go when mentoring and recording begins today at the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) headquarters in Suva.

Blake, 26, wrote her first song when she was 12 but the tune that got her into the finals and in the running for $5000 courtesy of The Fiji Times was To Love And Be Loved.

Domo Vou Talei is a brainchild of the Australian High Commission, in partnership with The Fiji Times, Westpac, Communications Fiji Ltd, FPRA and Knox Entertainment.

“Everything has been just brilliant – from our transportation to accommodation and this is such a great opportunity for anyone out there who is keen and has a passion,” she said.

Duikete, 18, composed her first song titled Paradise about her home on Wailoaloa Beach when she was 10 years old.

“I will be singing a song called Memories and it’s about Fiji and growing up next to the beach,” she said.

The Fiji Agape Mission School student said she was grateful for the opportunity that Domo Vou Talei Competition had given her.

“It would have been very difficult to get my music out there, so this competition is such a great platform for aspiring artists like me.”

Over the next few days, the 10 finalists will be mentored by FPRA music legends including Laisa “Vude Queen” Vulakoro and Sunia Soko Loga, the winner of the Korean “Immortal Songs” contest.

They will also work with one of the country’s leading producers Phil Dakei in recording their tracks.

The 10 finalists will perform their original songs live at the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival in Pacific Harbour on July 9 where the winner will be judged and announced.

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