‘Screaming, shouting’: Band excited to make top 10 in contest

The V5 Band (from left) Sevuloni Tuisawau, Vika Tuisawau, Jasmi Daunakamakama and Lia Daunakamakama at Thurston Garden yesterday - Thursday, June 23, 2022. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Vika Tuisawau said she and her V5 band members were “screaming and shouting” when they were told they had made the top 10 list of finalists in the Domo Vou Talei Competition.

V5 is made up of Vika and Sevuloni Tuisawau, and Lia and Jasmine Daunakamakama, and they entered the original song competition with their song Mango Tree.

“Our parents told us about the Domo Vou Talei Competition and our friends from the Moana Loa dance group had sent us a poster too,” said Vika, a 17-year-old Gospel High School student.

“We are really excited about the experience and a bit overwhelmed because we wrote the song a day before we had sent it in.

“The name of our song is Mango Tree and it is based on our childhood memories and how we did not care about social media.

“A contrast to how we used to be when we were young and how we are now as teenagers.”

Jasmine Daunakamakama said the competition was a great platform for people who were passionate about music.

“Preparation has been exciting for us to express ourselves with this music piece we have created,” she said.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase our ideas.

“Our band has evolved so much from when we were younger and we thank God for the opportunity to perform together.”

The Domo Vou Talei song contest is a brainchild of the Australian High Commission.

The Fiji Times is putting up the $5000 first prizemoney and Westpac the $5000 People’s Choice Award.

Other partners in the event include Communications Fiji Ltd, Fiji Performing Rights Association and Knox Entertainment.

The 10 finalists will perform their songs live at the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival on July 9 where the winners will be announced.

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