Guitar contest starts

Togaliwaki Fuilakepa plays the guitar during the Taylor X-Man Tom Mawi Guitar Award competition at the Birdland Nightclub in Suva on Thursday night. Picture: RAMA

Togaliwaki Fuilakepa plays the guitar during the Taylor X-Man Tom Mawi Guitar Award competition at the Birdland Nightclub in Suva on Thursday night. Picture: RAMA

BROTHERS Siddharth Singh and Aman Singh took centre stage with their array of skills when they performed at the Tabs Investments-sponsored Taylor X-Man Tom Mawi Guitar Award Competition audition held at the Birdland Nightclub in Suva on Thursday night.

The inaugural event attracted three upcoming guitar artists vying to claim the first prize of owning a Taylor Guitar worth $3650.

Siddharth, the elder brother of the two, said it was his parents’ motivation and encouragement that helped the two of them to participate in the competition.

The brothers performed a duo act which involved Siddharth playing the guitar and Aman playing the tabla to an Indian cultural beat.

“We have been performing together for nearly five years now and what we wanted to showcase and promote here was the combination of Bollywood music mixed with Western music,” Siddharth said.

Tabs Investments managing director Uluibau Tabete said they had an obligation to promote Taylor Guitars and help in the promotion of young guitarists in the country.

“This year is our third year of sponsoring the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) annual awards night and we want to increase the level of quality in the country,” Mr Tabete said.

“The guitar we will be giving out to the winner will be the 300 series. We will also give this award for the next four years.”

The other two participants who took part were Togaliwaki Fuilakepa and George Kutty.

The second audition will be held on April 5 at the Washdown Bar in Lautoka and the final one is expected to take place on April 19 in Suva.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the FPRA Music Awards in May.

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