‘Show must go on’

Washdown Bar manager Eileen Philitoga(right) and Kulture Entertainment manager Mesake Sugumai old the tickets and poster of the coming Kulture Beer amd Music Festival in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND.

REGARDLESS of whatever happens, Kulture Fest will go on.

This was the message from local music icon, Arthur Philitoga, a week before he died.

The popular singer, guitarist, composer and entertainer died on Thursday after a short illness.

Kulture Fest 2019 — a music and entertainment fiesta that he established three years ago — was scheduled for Saturday July 27 at the Lautoka Botanical Gardens.

This year’s event is featuring the inimitable George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso — a long-time compatriot of Philitoga, Na Drua and Jamaican reggae band, Bonafide.

In a short message to organising committee members a week before his death, Philitoga said “the show must go on”.

“Regardless of whatever happens, Kulture Fest will go on,” he said.

“I’ll be really disappointed it doesn’t. Please make sure it happens, love you all.” Philitoga began his long and illustrious career in the entertainment business in 1988 as a member of the group Traffic Jam.

He also performed with numerous local music giants including Ken Janson and the Hearts, Sneak Preview and numerous other groups before forming his own band — Kulture — more than a decade ago.

Kulture gave birth to Kulture Entertainment — a business he owned and operated with family members and friends which employed about 30 artists in hotels, restaurants and bars across the country.

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