Music by the beach

Tiny Sounds Music Band members with Savuto Vakadewavosa rehearsing for the “Bands By The Beach” event this Saturday. Picture: Vishaal Kumar

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 Saturday.

“For the solo artistes, we have Akanisi Vakaloloma and Billy Tua. Tiny Sounds will be the house band for the event,” Raikadroka said.

“The event is being organised in partnership with The University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Ministry of Women.”

Raikadroka says the event is part of the University of the South Pacific’s initiative to give something back to the community.

“This is not the first time we are doing this. All the surplus proceeds received from ticket sales will go to the women’s ministry.”

Hailed as the Vude Prince of Fiji because of his unique style of singing, Savuto Vakadewavosa will also be part of the event.

He said he would be part of the Tiny Sounds Band for the event.

“The Tiny Sounds Band will be playing throughout the day filling in for some of the artistes,” he said.

“The preparations has been going good and we are all looking forward to the event.

“My segment will be for half-an-hour. Each act in the event will be for half-an-hour and two special guests will also be joining me on stage.”

Savuto, who will also be performing at the event, said he was excited to be performing alongside his peers and friend artistes, who he enjoyed listening to.

“I am looking forward to the whole vibe. For me it is a great opportunity to chill and catch up with family members and friends as I have invited most of them.”

He added that he would also be present to represent Hope Fiji band.

“This is our network of young independent recording artistes and musicians.

“I am so grateful that I will be joined by Sydney based Ilisavani Cava and Etta Gonerogo for my set.”

He said for him personally, music had always been about the bigger picture.

“Music is all about human emotions. It is powerful and its purpose is to be shared, to make someone smile, to heal and more.

“It is bigger than what we or I had set it out to be, a calling really.

“So when opportunities as such presents itself and I know that my talent can contribute to something greater especially to help a cause in need , then I am for it.”

The bands that have been confirmed to perform at the event include: Tiny Sounds, One 2 Eight, Kula Kei Uluivuya (KKU), Pacific Groove, Stangers, Hope Fiji, Talei and Nemani, Sigavou Serenaders and The Gang.

The USP Oceania Dance Theatre will also have dancers performing in between the acts. The event will be held this Saturday at the USP Marine campus foreshore from 2pm to 8pm.

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