Guitarist ‘honoured’

Local musician and guitarist Tomasi Mawi makes his way to receive his 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal from President Jioji Konrote at the State House in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Famed jazz guitarist Tomasi Mawi received a 50th Independence Anniversary medal for his contribution to Fiji’s music industry.

The 75-year-old was among 26 medal recipients at the State House yesterday.

“To receive this medal is a great honour,” Mr Mawi said.

“I’ve been part of the music industry as a young boy in the late 1950s.”

In 1963, as a musician, he said he started travelling around the world to countries such as the US, France, Australia and New Zealand.

He said his music career had taken him to regional countries such as New Caledonia, Tahiti and Vanuatu.

“I am really amazed at how the music industry has evolved over the years.

“I like everything that comes out of the music industry, from pop, Fijian music and I even listen to sigidrigi nowadays because it reminds me of when I started.”

His music career spans six decades. President Jioji Konrote said the medals were given to people who have made a significant contribution to national development.

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