Music

2018 Kaila Star Search: Top 15 contestants

WITH seven participants eliminated from the first Kaila! Star Search elimination round on Friday, event consultant Savuto Vakadewavosa has urged the remaining participants to consistently bring out their best going forward. Vakadewavosa said competitors had...

Singing for ‘Lucky’

DETERMINED to walk away with the Kaila! Star Search 2018 award, Kathleen Hill says all preparation towards that is for her late friend Akuila Salavuki. Mr Salavuki, commonly known as ‘Lucky’, was allegedly murdered at the Suva Foreshore in May. The 21-year-old Hill, who was a close friend of Mr Salavuki, said when she was...

Kumar’s bhajan journey

“The true beauty of music is that it connects people.” These were the sentiments of 38-year-old Anuj Kumar who lives in Waidradra, Navua, and is a prominent bhajan (devotional song) artist. We caught up with Kumar at his latest bhajan competition at Rampur College in Navua last Saturday. His interest in bhajan began in his...

Singer Chris Brown arrested on battery warrant in Florida

(Reuters) – U.S. singer Chris Brown was arrested in West Palm Beach, Florida, late on Thursday on a felony battery warrant issued by Tampa police, police said. Brown, 29, whose previous legal troubles include assaulting singer Rihanna in 2009, was released after posting a $2,000 bond, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Local news...

Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ shatters global records with one billion streams

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Canadian rapper Drake shattered records with his new album “Scorpion,” which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Drake’s record company, Republic Records, said the 31-year-old musician, who was the biggest seller in 2016,...

Music day to promote Fijian artists

THE public is invited to be part of the World Music Day and also support local musicians at the Fiji Museum tomorrow. The occasion is being organised by the Alliance Francaise de Suva and is celebrated every year in France on June 21 since 1982. Alliance Francaise de Suva director,Thomas Feldstein said this event was...

Perfect: Ed Sheeran concerts bring $34m to Dunedin economy

The impact British musician Ed Sheeran had on Dunedin has been felt long after his three shows in the city, with news his visit injected almost $38 million into the local economy. His concerts over Easter weekend were predicted to bring $34m, but exceeded that. Dunedin Venues chief executive Terry Davies said there were fears...

Voqa ni Delai Dokidoki dedicates win to father

“THIS is for our father.”

Seniboro Jnr Group making waves

THEIR song Kua ni vakatagici au is a local hit at the moment on the air and in nightclubs around Fiji, not forgetting overseas where many Fijians tune in daily. The Seniboro Junior Group has been making waves at every functions and events with a song that is close to their composer Eminoni Qaralawaki’s heart....

FPRA awards welcome new sponsor

THE Fiji Performing Rights Association yesterday received $5000 from Fintel for the FPRA music awards. Director Laisa Vulakoro said this was the first time Fintel was sponsoring the FPRAMAs. “We are so grateful to FINTEL who has come on board for the first time this year to sponsor the awards,” Vulakoro said. She also acknowledged...

Tabs investments gives $20k to music

TABS investments for the third year has come on board to sponsor the Fiji Performing Rights Association Music awards for 2018.

Drixstar gets three nominations

NEWCOMER Andrew Bolakoro entered one song and its earned him three nominations, one of which is for the premier award at the FPRA Music Awards (FPRAMAs) to take place later this month in Suva.

New Methodist sponsors best gospel category at music awards

THE New Methodist Christian Fellowship has come on board to sponsor the best gospel category at this year’s Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music Awards next month. An amount of $5000 was given by the New Methodist Christian Fellowship for this year’s FPRA music awards and sponsorship for the best gospel category will be done...

Shranvi follows family’s musical tradition

HAVING an ambition and passion for singing from a very young age has paid off for 11-year-old Shranvi Ram who is making a name for herself in the local Hindi music industry. In this week’s Backtracks column, this newspaper caught up with Shranvi together with her parents to highlight her achievements as one of the...

Music from the heart

THE life of a musician has traditionally been one with many highs, and oh so many lows. Talk to any musician, young or old, and they will tell you that it’s a low income job that sees many artists bouncing between bands. For working performers nothing is guaranteed — there is no security of pay,...

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