Ben Masirewa: Fijian guitar virtuoso shares his musical journey

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By Prerna Priyanka Ben Masirewa, who has been dubbed a “one-man musical genius,” is returning to the Fiji Fringe Festival after his blazing performance last year. Masirewa credits his father for instilling a rebellious spirit within him, fostering a love for rock ‘n’ roll and encouraging him to dare to be different.  “He dared me […]

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V5

Under the mango tree

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti V5’s jazzy, soulful, and bluesy songs have a sound that sets them apart from many Fijian performers. So it is a shock to learn that the band members, 15-year-old Lia Daunakamakama, her sister 18-year-old Jasmine, and their close friend Vika Tuisawau, are so young. Vika’s brother, Sevuloni is the fourth member, and […]

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Ashley Tan - Six Senses Fiji

A journey through the senses

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Six Senses Fiji has partnered with sound therapist, Ashley Tan, on their exclusive wellness package – “A Journey Through the Senses”. The resort says Ashley Tan is a highly skilled sound therapist from Singapore who has mastered the art of using singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, and crystal bowls to create a symphony of healing, […]

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Domo Vou Talei

Domo Vou Talei is back!

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Fiji’s original music competition, Domo Vou Talei, is on the hunt once again for Fiji’s next big star! This year’s Competition, funded by the Australian High Commission and others, hopes to unearth and showcase the incredible talent of more aspiring musicians in Fiji. In 2022, Domo Vou Talei launched the music careers of artists like […]

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World Music Day

Local musicians to celebrate World Music Day in Suva

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This year’s World Music Day celebrations in Fiji makes a grand return with a fantastic all-Fijian lineup. The event first began in France in 1982, and is now celebrated annually in over 100 countries including Fiji.  It gathers professional and amateur musicians, from mixed musical universes, languages and communities, to share their passion for music […]

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Ra V

Ra V: from medicine to music

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By Rowena Singh Hanging up his stethoscope and embracing music has transformed Suva doctor, Rayneil Singh into an award-winning performer. When the FIPRA (Fiji Performing Rights Association) awards were held for the first time in a couple of years (due to Covid) in October, his name rang out six times. Dr Singh, aka Ra V, […]

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FIRPA Awards 2023

Nominees announced for FIRPA awards

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti The 10th FIPRA (Fiji Performing Rights Association) Awards 2023 promises to be glamourous celebration of the original work of Fijian artists, filled with good food, good company, and amazing live performances. FIPRA’s Chairman, Eremasi Tamanisau, says “the awards celebrate the many different composers, vocalists, instrumentalist artists, recording engineers, and musicians for sustaining […]

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Sunia Soko Loga

Sunia Soko Loga: Singer, teacher, survivor

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Classical operatic singing is becoming a regular feature of Fiji events, thanks to the talented vocal group, Pasifika Prima Voce. Founded by Sunia Soko Loga, a classical vocalist who has returned to Fiji after years studying music at Kosin University in Busan, Korea, the group leaves audiences rapt with their powerful, harmonious voices and stagecraft. […]

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Pasifika Prima Voce

Fiji Fringe Festival: Pasifika Prima Voce

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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 […]

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2TINGS & DJ Christonite

Fiji Fringe Festival: 2TINGS

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti “I would say every moment behind the equipment is tailor-made because we are creating and mixing live. What happens here may not happen on another night.” – Albert Eastgate The Fiji Fringe Festival will feature not one, but two DJs, who will collaborate to create a mix of music and an original […]

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Natalie Raikadroka

Fiji Fringe Festival: Natalie Raikadroka

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti “My act is focused more on those who enjoy listening to good, soulful, and groovy music.” – Natalie Raikadroka Natalie Raikadroka’s songs are sung by people of all ages across Fiji, and she is a favourite entertainer when it comes to national athletic events like Coca-Cola games. The songstress has been in […]

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Ben Masirewa

Fiji Fringe Festival: Ben Masirewa

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti “Come with an open heart and mind, and you will leave a little lighter,” Peni (Ben) Masirewa says of his upcoming gig at the Fiji Fringe Festival. The talented guitarist intends to use a variety of guitar styles to transport his audience on a journey of tranquillity and surprises during his upcoming […]

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Fiji Fringe Festival: Artists guide

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The Fiji Fringe Festival this week released its artists guide, with details of the performers who will be appearing at the event, which runs in Suva from 25th February till the 4th of March. Fiji Traveller is proud to be a sponsor of the festival. Look out for our profiles of the performers and activities […]

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Musician Knox

Knox’s Deeper Sounds, Deeper Connections

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By Rowena Singh Deeper Sounds, Deeper Connections is a Pacific-Australian project which shares the unique music of the Pacific with the world. Working with groups of musicians across the region, it captures traditional instruments, melodies, songs and voices, and distils them into sample packs for DJs, producers, film makers, music makers and Australian music schools.  Fiji’s […]

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US Pacific Fleet Band Quintet

U.S. Pacific Fleet Band Quintet Performs Concerts in Fiji   

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The U.S. Pacific Fleet Band’s woodwind quintet Tradewinds will perform a series of concerts in Suva and on Vanua Levu from September 14 – 21 in support of ongoing cultural exchange between the United States and Fiji.  The musical ensemble, which serves under the United States Pacific Fleet, will hold public concerts on Thursday, September […]

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Mia Kami

Mia Kami: Harnessing the power of music to decolonise the mind

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By Rowena Singh “Performing is more than just me standing up and singing a song in front of people; it is a chance for me to share a vision and a mission,” says Tonga’s Mia Kami. Kami’s original songs are full of meaning, delivered in her warm, effortless voice. A student at the University of […]

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All hail the Vude Queen

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A matriarch of music, the Queen of Vude, supporter of many charities, and a diva who comes home and cooks for her family every night.  Laisa Vulakoro has an in-depth talanoa with Islands Business’ Rowena Singh about her four decades in the industry. “I’ve been in this industry for over 40 years and I’m still […]

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All aboard the Nasese bus: Destination-World Music Day

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By Sera Tikotikovatu-Sefeti Suva’s Nasese bus has the reputation of being not just a scenic trip as it skirts Suva’s foreshore, but also a good place to sit back and enjoy the preferred tunes of your driver turned DJ. While the view might be—we hope temporarily—marred by long-running roadwork on Queen Elizabeth Drive, the chilled […]

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Kavita Kalyan’s musical journey

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By Rowena Singh “Fiji is a strong part of my existence,” says ghazal and Bollywood singer Kavita Kalyan. Kalyan is Australian born, but with strong family ties that take her back to Fiji, and her extended family in Suva regularly. “Despite living in Australia, I have always identified as being Fijian. Furthermore,  my parents’ heavy […]

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