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Style Fiji to focus on Bollywood theme

STYLE Fiji will focus on the Bollywood theme Glitz and Glamour this year, says one of the organisers Marlene Blake. Mrs Blake said they were looking at 40 models to participate in the event. “We...

Sculptural art show

HOT Glass Fiji director and glass blower Alice Hill says the art exhibition at Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) is all about collaboration with three dimensional artists. Ms Hill said the exhibition would include a number of creative three dimensional pieces which had all been inspired by Fiji. “We have a number of different pieces. So...

‘Our arts reflect who we are’

OUR art reflects who we are, where we’re going and our inextricable connections to the past. These are the words of curator, Ema Tavola, when describing her role as a Pacific art curator. “I’m interested in this area exclusively because creativity and our arts are intrinsic in Pacific Island cultures and identities,” she said. “Our...

An appreciation for good music

A WELL known Fijian musician once lamented at how fellow Fijians take for granted the beauty and skill of local music and it’s only when they visit other Pacific countries that they see the appreciation of their work. It’s an overwhelming feeling but one that makes them proud to represent Fijian music. Makare lead singer...

Will to survive and push on

THE strongest substance on Earth is not diamond. It is a man’s will to survive, some say. That rings true for Somosomo villager — Frank Duncan Alpha N Omega Yeshua Yavalanavanua Lewenilovo. The 62-year-old has survived bowel cancer and two broken marriages. At the age of 37, he learned that the man who brought him...

Music festival to feature over 100 performers

THIS year’s 2018 Vonu Uprising Festival of Music, Dance and Lights is expected to be bigger and better for music lovers as the countdown begins towards the November 10 show. In this week’s Backtracks column, we talk to the producer of the event (Pacific Coast Events and Promotions) Darlene Underwood and how the boutique music...

Vision brings back hope

KERESONI Naboto believes he is the happiest man on Taveuni. He can now clearly see after a successful cataract surgery at the Taveuni Hospital in Waiyevo organised by the Rotary Club. The 63-year-old farmer from Bucalevu Village in Ra said the restoration of his eyesight meant he was now able to do his village and...

Reviving the Fijian pride -Tulua ni vuki

“TULUA ni Vuki Tulua ni Dro”, a song written about former education minister Taufa Vakatale in the ’40s, is among a list of old chants, songs and meke that will enthral audience in an upcoming concert to celebrate Adi Cakobau School’s 70th anniversary. The October 5 concert hopes to showcase and revive interest in compositions...

The sunny place

SIGATOKA in the itaukei language literally translates as the Sunny Place (Nasigatoka-. “Na” The “siga” Sunny “toka” Place). According to old residents of the area, it was originally called Tubaniwai during times of tribal warfare. Today it is one of the famous stopovers for travellers passing through to Nadi or Suva. It is also a...

Sleeping with the waves

FROM a distance it looked like a jewel nestled in a majestic harbour, garlanded by the white sandy beaches and the mountainous terrain that make a perfect backdrop on a portrait. But when we arrived at Narikoso Village on the island of Ono in Kadavu, evident was the threat sea-level rise has made to the...

Record label secures right to promote new album

REFRESHING a long-time friendship, Procera Music signed a contract with the Dokidoki Production as official promoters for Leba Boi Yawa E Lomai Nasau’s new music album, volume 7. Speaking at the official signing, Procera Music managing director Mohammed Akif said Procera Music was also a distributor for Voqa Ni Delai Dokidoki’s volume 1 and 2...

Sailing is a big part of Captain Sesoni’s family

CAPTAIN Sesoni Komaisoso had a good upbringing as a child, with his maternal grandparents instilling good values in him as a young boy. With good values, good guidance plus pushing through challenges, Cpt. Sesoni has become one of the most successful Fijian captains to sail on international waters. Cpt. Sesoni holds an Australian Master Class...

Chand tries to make changes in people’s lives with his music

YOU would usually see him rushing around with his cameras on the football field at local tournaments, but little do people know that Avikash Chand is making a name for himself in lokgeet (Hindi folk singing). Chand, 40, grew his interest in singing at the age of 10 since his father was a talented bhajan...

A woman in a man’s world

WHEN ship captain Sue Balekana’s family heard she was going to pursue a career in the shipping industry, they all laughed. For one she was strongly averse to boat trips and was often seasick during sea voyages. “Oh, I was terrible,” she said chuckling. “We lived on Kadavu at the time and whenever we would...

Jack ‘born for good’

HE walked up to me with a big smile and introduced himself — “bula, my name is Jeke Biaukula or ‘Jack Born for Good'”. At 71, his personality is infectious, he walks with a spring to his step and likes to be described as a “young man”. “I gave myself the nickname ‘born for good’...

‘Women must pay attention to their health’

AFTER beating cancer not once, but twice, feminist and human rights activist Shamima Ali believes that women must pay attention to their health. Ms Ali was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2008, a type of cancer that develops from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine) and after undergoing treatment, she was later...

Sandalwood Rhythm

IN the 1970s, the country’s best musicians would take leave from their respective gigs every Sunday and gather at the Suva Civic Centre. The impromptu jam session was the brainchild of Suva businessman and entrepreneur, Tony Philp. The informal musical gathering was known as Sunday Showcase and the band that backed the star-studded singers who...

Road to Nasauvakarua

THE Fiji Roads Authority confirms there are plans to construct a road from Namosi to Nasauvakarua Village. In a statement, the FRA stated it was “undertaking the route reconnaissance task and construction is planned for the future year”. The statement added the construction period was estimated to be eight months as there was a need...

Vanessa Quai to perform at Procera Music Festival tonight

THE Procera Music Festival received a big boost today after Vanuatu’s sensational music artist Vanessa Quai agreed to perform at the festival tonight. Vude Queen and renowned local artist Laisa Vulakoro confirmed this saying Quai will be performing at 9:15pm to 10pm at the Valelevu grounds in Nasinu. Vulakoro said Quai just happened to be...

A passion for music

FOR just a few minutes, Leslie Kaiyatia captured many passerby’s attention with his soothing ukulele gospel beats while sitting outside The Fiji Times office in Butt St, Suva. Even with the passer-by busy schedules many stopped to look and listen to the calm music that Leslie played. Being from Naiiviivi Village in Qamea, Leslie uses...

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