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Procera eyes studio upgrade in 2012

November 19
12:00 2011

image Written By : ILIESA TORA. The country?s leading music production company, Procera Music, has revealed that they will upgrade their recording studio next year to cope with the local market demand.
General manager Mahid Murad said the local music industry ?has recovered with a lot more interest?.
?There are more and more people and groups who are wanting to record songs and albums.? Mr Mahid said.
?Most of the groups come to us and we have had a busy year this year because there has been so much demand.
?So next year we want to expand and upgrade the studio so that we will have more room and also more recording engineers to help us with meeting the demand.?
Mr Mahid said the fact that they have lost one of the country?s best recording artists in Adriu Saranuku has not affected them.
?Adriu is a very good recording engineer,? he said.
?But we have lost him as he has opted to go solo. We wish him luck but we have others whom we have brought in to continue the job and there are others whom we will also be looking at.?
Mr Mahid also hinted that they would try to talk with Mr Saranuku and see if they could still come to an agreement on a working relationship.
Seniua ni Ucui Naqarawai group leader Inosi Kania is now the new mix engineer with Procera Music.
?Inosi is good with mixing music and we are happy to have him with us,? Mr Mahid said.
?He has some experience too with recording acoustic singing or sigidrigi.?
Procera also plans to do more recordings outside Suva and will visit rural areas also to record songs by artists and groups who may not be able to afford the trip to Suva.
?That is now part of our plan for 2012,? he said.
?We tried it out in the last month and there is a need for us to do that – to go to the islands and record songs there.?
Meanwhile, Procera labels that are now on sale in the local market include the Malumu ni Tobu kei Naivaukura Volume 4 album titled ?Yaqona ni Vavalagi?.
The group, led by Jiosevata Vetaukula, has won a number of local musical titles, including the 2011 Procera Music Festival Award after they beat seven other groups in a week-long competition in Nausori in September.
Other labels on the market also include the Vatunawa e Delaniwai?s ?Talevi Lesu na Gauna?, Lagi Karakarawa kei Vaturu?s ?Kalokalo Serau? and the Island Rhythm Volume 2 album which features different groups and artists with their hit songs sung in acoustic or sigidrigi. Procera Music supervisor Mohammed Yakub said there were some more new recordings that the company would release over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year.
?Right now people can visit any of our local shops and buy original CDs from there,? Mr Yakub said.
?There are a lot of selections and we hope that the people of Fiji will enjoy the music and songs that our local artists have produced.?
Popular group Malumu ni Tobu kei Naivaukura is expected to launch their new album on December 8 in Suva.
Another group from Koro Island, Tegu ni Delai Kuitarua, is also expected to launch their new album – Mudre Malua Tu Na Cagi – before Christmas.
The group has re-recorded three songs first sung by the Tegu ni Delai Koro group from Tuatua Village in Koro – Mudre Malua Tu Na Cagi, Nomu Yali Mai and Tuatua.

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