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George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso to perform at FPRA awards, Ilisavani Cava speaks on ‘The Voice’ performance

George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso, Ilisavani Cava and Paulini Curuenavuli will be at the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music awards on Saturday. George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso and Australian top artist Paulini Curuenavuli will also be appearing at the FPRA 2016 Music Awards. Veikoso said the FPRA awards is a great opportunity to recognise local artists. VEIKOSO: ” It is […]

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May 12, 2016 3:45 pm

George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso, Ilisavani Cava and Paulini Curuenavuli will be at the Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) Music awards on Saturday.

Ilisavani Cava, Hawaiian-based George 'Fiji' Veikoso and Paulini Curuenavuli at the FPRA press conference earlier today. (Allison Penjueli/ Newswire)
Ilisavani Cava, Hawaiian-based George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso and Paulini Curuenavuli at the FPRA press conference earlier today. (Allison Penjueli/ Newswire)

George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso and Australian top artist Paulini Curuenavuli will also be appearing at the FPRA 2016 Music Awards.

Veikoso said the FPRA awards is a great opportunity to recognise local artists.

VEIKOSO: ” It is very dear to my heart to be here in Fiji. I’m very grateful to be home and to give back to our young artists established right now to continue on their journey to represent Fiji. Not only musically but in every aspect of life.”

Veikoso said that he aims to encourage young artists to be proud of our culture and language.

VEIKOSO: “My passion is representing myself, being an Islander, speaking and singing our language and for our young artists to be proud of who you are. Music is a big influence, I want to be able to sing a song that means something to me, my family and our country and that has substance instead of a dance song that can be heard on the radio.”

Event Coordinator Seru Serevi said Veikoso, who is widely acclaimed as the best in Pacific music was flown to Fiji by Fiji Airways and his trip was made possible by the FPRA partnership with Alliance Francaise de Suva and TABS Investment.

Ilisavani Cava who is also in the county for the FPRA Music awards and a break ahead of the next round of competitions in the TV Show, The Voice Australia which he just won a spot on Tuesday night.

Cava performed in the blind auditions with his rendition of Sam Smith’s hit single ‘I’m Not the only one’ in front of celebrity coaches Jessie J, Delta Goodrem, the Madden Brothers and Ronan Keating.

Cava told Newswire that performing on Season 5 of the show was a dream come true.

CAVA: “The experience was really good. Having to grow up in Nausori, I only watched music shows on TV or on social media. So this is a dream come true. It was something I always wanted, to be on stage and performing. Though it was nerve wrecking for me, to be performing in front of such incredible super stars it’s something that I’m trying to break through and I think it’s about time too.”

Cava started singing in church at the age of 10-years-old and is encouraging youths in Fiji to also chase their dreams and not to give up.

CAVA: “This is something I love to do. I grew up with the music industry in Fiji knowing how hard it is and having the platform on The Voice stage is something Im greatful for and I thank God for that. It is something to inspire the youths back home. Nothing is impossible, and keep believing and trusting in God.”

The FPRA 2016 Music Awards will feature live performances by youngsters like Inside Out, Naseda, Dave Steven, Jay Deuce and Katarina Turagakacivi from Dawn Gospel.

The FPRA 2016 Music Awards will be held at 5.30pm on Saturday at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) has announced the nominees for the FPRA music awards.

Fiji Employers Federation Chief Executive Office Nesbitt Hazelman and Fiji Performing Rights Coordinator Seru Serevi.
Fiji Employers Federation Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Nesbitt Hazelman and Fiji Performing Rights Coordinator, Mr. Seru Serevi (FPRA)

FPRA has announced ten out of the fourteen nominees.

FPRA said the nominees for the remaining four categories will be announced on the day of the awards night.

Ten of the categories announced are the Artist of the year, Best Composition, Best New Artist, Most popular music video, Most popular song, Best I-Taukei song, Best Hindi Song, Best Gospel Song, Best Hip-hop song, and the Best English song.

The 2016 FPRA music awards night will be held on the 14th of next month at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The Full List:

Composition Awards

Best English Song
1. “You Got You” By Elena Baravilala, Composer: Elena Baravilala
2. “Mama Earth” By Rako Pasefika, Composer: Sam Taukave, Paul Dominiko, Ema Rupeni
3. “Sweet Talking” By Inside Out, Composer: Apakuki Nalawa

Best iTaukei Song
1. “Au kerekere Viti” By LITE, Composer: Waisale Qilatabu
2. “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” By Nasio Domoni, Composer: Jofiliti Sucuvou
3. “Sai Kemuni” by One 2 Eight, Composer: David Steven

Best Hindi Song
1. “Manav Samhje Na Raasta” By Praneel Sami Don, Composer: Praneel Sami Don
2. “Kahawa Gaile Saawra” By Praneel Sami Don, Composer: Praneel Sami Don
3. “Mere Khuda Meri Dohai Sun” By Saimone Vuatalevu, Composer: Saimone Vuatalevu

Best Gospel Song
1. “Longing” By Dawn Gospel, Composer: Katarina Turagakacivi
2. “Noqu Kalou Au Tagi vei Kemuni” By Saimone Vuatalevu, Composer: Saimone Vuatalevu
3. “Jisu Sa Voleka Mai” By Faith Harvest Worship, Composer: Kalevati Veiseyaki

Best Hip Hop Song
1. “Money in the Bag” By Kurt Ram
2. “Stir it Up” Sekove Naqio/Laisiasa Dave Lavaki/Mynlessme
3. “Runnin” Laisiasa Dave Lavaki/Faga Timote/Sekove Qiolevu/George Wasile

Popular Awards

Most Popular Music Video
1. “Ena Bogi” By Savuto
2. “Sai Kemuni” By One 2 Eight
3. “Noqu Senikau” By Kula Kei Uluivuya
4. “Shes not crying anymore” By Naseda
5. “Noqu Daulomani” By Naseda

Most Popular Song
1. “Noqu Senikau” By Kula Kei Uluivuya, Composer: Viliame Cokanauto
2. “Nasi Dredre Ga” By Voqa kei Valenisau, Composer: Apolosi Baroi
3. “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” By Nasio Domoni, Composer: Jofiliti Sucuvou
4. “Sweet Talking” By Inside Out, Composer: Apakuki Nalawa
5. “Au mai vakila” By Voqa ni delai dokidoki, Composer: Temo Soko Lote

Performance Awards

Best New Artist
a. Naseda
b. Inside Out
c. Rako Pasefika

Artist of the Year
a. Voqa ni Delai Dokidoki
b. Nasio Domoni
c. Savuto

Best Composition
1. “You Got You” By Elena Baravilala, Composer: Elena Baravilala
2. “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” By Nasio Domoni, Composer: Jofiliti Sucuvou
3. “Hanua Helava” By Rako Pasefika, Composer: Sam Taukave, Paul Dominiko, Ema Rupeni

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