By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti
“I think the Fiji Fringe Festival is a great initiative for artists to bring their ‘A’ game and showcase their talent because we are trying to encourage children that they can have a career in art and can also be their mainstream of income that they can aspire to.”
– Soko Loga (Prima Voce Director)
Pasifika Prima Voce is going to take its audience in a completely different direction at the Fiji Fringe Festival.
The group name, which means “the sweet spot of your voice,” will take you on a theatrical musical performance, singing some of the classic fairy-tale favourites of your youth, from The Little Mermaid to Mulan, Aladdin and Moana.
Pasifika Prima Voce Director and lead baritone singer, Soko (Sisco) Loga, says his vision for the Fiji Fringe performance is the complete opposite of what Fiji has seen the group perform previously.
“We have met people who have asked us, “Why don’t you try something new, and I have said that the time will come,” he says.
“I think this is the right time. So this time around we are going the other direction, and something good about studying classical music is you can actually venture into something else and another genre, but not far away from opera.
“It’s a transition from Disney musical, and I know people are always used to seeing us in gowns and suits, this time around we are heading the other way around more theatrical, production wise.”
The two-hour musical-theatrical performance promises to be entertaining, and Loga hopes that “not only the public, but also the leaders involved in the arts sector, could also spend time to come for the week or choose a few performances to go sit, watch, and be a part of it.”
Pasifika Prima Voce has an exciting year ahead. They are in talks with opera singer Paul Potts (the first series winner of ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’), who is coming in April to teach and possibly collaborate with Prima Voce. As well, a vocal soprano professor is flying in to be the main lead for the St. Johns Gala Show; and much more is planned.
Loga says the Fiji Fringe Festival allows the artists to focus on their show, without the hassle of the logistics, i.e., booking a venue, sound system, lights, etc.
Tickets for the show can be purchased by messaging the Pasifika Prima Voce Facebook page.
Date: March 2, 2023
Venue: FMF Gymnasium