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Tino Launches First Rotuman Album

Tino Launches First Rotuman Album
From left: Radike Qereqeretabua, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Adi Litia Cakobau, and Ron Michael during Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa’s 50th anniversary on Yanuca Island on October 21, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
October 10
08:44 2014

Finally the long wait is over as Okostino Hunt (aka) Tino released his first music album titled Rotuma He’oa (Rotuma calling).

Two catchy numbers Ae se ou (Don’t you cry), and Ma is laea hie (We will sing together) are in it.

The Haga, Juju native has been composing his 10 original songs since 2001 with some from his dreams.

He launched them on the island of Rotuma in November last year, a feat yet to be achieved by any music artist.

“I am just a self-taught musician and music comes from the heart. All the songs are originals including the music as well,” he said.

“It was my dream to compose more Rotuman music and modernise it. If you compare all our music all these years are too slow compared to the outside world. In my opinion the outside world doesn’t find it interesting so there was a need to change it.”

Mr Hunt said when he moved to NZ 10 years ago he refined his guitar and keyboard skills with the One Vibe Reggae in Nelson.

The band includes Royhith Lyash Ram, Mark, William and Russel Ting from Rarawai, Ba.

In 2001Mr Hunt formed the Jedi Queen Band with Eta Gonerogo, Ben Rabaka, John Kui and Filimoni ‘Baba’ Waqa.

He admitted to have learned a lot from two mentors – the legendary Daniel Rae Costello (and the Cruzez band) and Jazz legend Robert Verma. They used to perform at the then Planters nightclub at the Sheraton Fiji Resort back in the late 90s.

Tino is currently finishing his second album with Phil Dakei. The album is available at SPR outlets.

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