Music

Friends, family enjoy music fest

UPRISING Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour was a hive of activity yesterday as people from all walks of life flocked to the resort for the annual Vonu Uprising Festival of Music, Dance and Lights. Among the crowd was Niuean, Clinton Chapman. Mr Chapman said his family always looked forward to being part of the festival...

Huge turnout despite unfavorable weather at music festival

A HUGE number of people turned up at the 2019 Uprising Music Festival despite the rain. Knox Entertainment director Ellana Kalounisiga said they were happy with the turnout. “This is the first day and so far we are happy with the turnout from people,” she said. “We have a whole of entertainment from bands and...

Music festival tickets sold out

TICKETS for the 2019 Uprising Music Festival are sold out at all outlets. Inoke Kalounisiga from Knox Entertainment who are organisers of the festival said a lot would be on show at the first day of the festival today. The artists participating in the two-day event attended a workshop with New Zealand based band House...

Surge in ticket sales

FOR the first time ever, the annual 2019 Uprising Music Festival will be held for two days. The musical event will be held tomorrow and Sunday and organiser Ellana Kalounisiga said the decision to have the event for two days was based on the demand to keep up with the ticket sales. “The second day...

Pacifica’s visit to NZ

IN 1988, five Fijian musicians were hand-picked to perform at one of the biggest live music events in New Zealand called the Neon Picnic. The band, christened Pacifica, was billed to perform on the same stage as James Brown, Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Roy Orbison, Los Lobos and Bob Geldof at Pukekawa, Auckland. Pacifica was...

Bigger, better music festival

THIS Saturday’s VONU Uprising Music Festival will also include an array of food vendors from the likes of Niu Grillz, Island Slam and more. Festival organiser Ellana Kalounisiga said Fijians should expect this weekend’s festival to be a bigger and better one. “There’s an awesome array of food vendors bringing you a huge variety at...

NZ band for Fiji gig

THE New Zealand-based reggae band, House of Shem, is looking forward to performing alongside other local artists at this weekend’s Uprising Music Festival. Festival organiser Ellana Kalounisiga said the band would be the only international band to be participating in the festival. There will be 14 local artists who will also be part of this...

Billy Knight, the man and his music

FIJI has produced a lot of music legends but none as colourful as bass player Bill Knight. The flamboyant bassist is possibly the country’s only four string player who can’t play guitar. “I can’t even piece the chords together but I make up for it by packing in a punch when I’m on the bass,”...

InsideOut band dedicates concerts to cancer patients

THE InsideOut band has dedicated three concerts this month for cancer patients around the country. Band leader Apakuki Nalawa said $2 from every entry fee to these three concerts would be given to the Fiji Cancer Society. Last night, the group performed the first concert at Vaga Gardens in Savusavu. Nalawa said this was the...

Music sensation ready to perform

PACIFIC music sensation Justin Wellington is ready to perform in his first visit to Fiji. Fans and followers of the Papua New Guinea, Australia-born artist are looking forward to today’s Denarau Food Wine and Music Festival where he will make a special appearance. “I have been excited for the past few months about coming to...

Danny’s musical disappointment

NO prophet is accepted in his own home country. This quote is often used to describe how someone with so much talent is not given due recognition while they are alive in their country of birth. Case in point, the author of the quote – Jesus Christ – who stunned an audience in a Nazareth...

Music by the beach

THIS weekend’s “Bands By The Beach” event is expected to provide music lovers an opportunity to listen and enjoy live music entertainment and also have fun with families. Event co-coordinator and Tiny Sounds Band leader Natalie Raikadroka said a total of eight bands and two solo artistes would be performing at the one-day event this...

The Voice – Voli makes it big

WHEN Voli was asked by The Voice judges where he was from he proudly said “My name is Voli and I am from the beautiful Fiji islands. I’m an albino Fijian living in beautiful Bondi beach, I’m so honoured to be here”. Growing up Poasa Voli Koroibuleka (Voli as he is commonly known) had always...

Ready to rock again

FIJI’s first Indian reggae band is getting ready to hit the local music scene again after a hiatus of 22 years. Tru-Vybs, a group out of the Sugar City which first took its one-drop sounds to the streets in 1987, is making a comeback. Group founder and drummer Robert Joseph said the decision to emerge...

Spotlight – Viliame Matakeiviti Ratumaimuri Navoka (VLY)

Local singer and songwriter Viliame Navoka aka Vly started performing on the national stage in 2011. His first single release Muju Cola was released in 2012 which brought him to the limelight. His interest in music started when he was in primary school and used to be part of the Nadawa Methodist Choir. He released...

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