Famous Fijian composer to mark 50th anniversary today

Fijian composer Iliesa Baravilala with his many awards at his Natabua home. Picture BALJEET SINGH

VETERAN musician and composer Iliesa Baravilala will celebrate his 50th anniversary in terms of contribution to the music industry at a special function in Lautoka this evening.

The Natabua resident is renowned for writing the songs that took a lot of local artists from obscurity to national fame – the list includes Lagani Rabukawaqa, Jimmy Subhaydas, Georgina Ledua, Mili Vosailagi, Akata Taulawa, Laisa Vulakoro and Savuto Vakadewavosa.

Tonight, the songs Baravilala wrote and the stories behind the music will be celebrated at the Lautoka Returned Servicemen’s Leagues Club from 6pm to 11pm.

 

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