Music Is Lesaa’s Passion
Iliesa Lesianawai, who is also known by his stage name ‘Lesaa’, has been on the music scene since 2012 and has gained popularity over the years.
The 23-year-old is known for his popular hit single “Lei Tei Dalo” which plays on various radio stations.
He initially wanted to be a soldier, but eventually his passion for music took over. He is the youngest of six siblings.
“It was when I was in Australia in 2012 for a music workshop and I met up with rap artist MC Trey, that my love for music finally began,” the Taveuni native said.
Mr Lesianawai was inspired at a young age to do music when his mother was singing in a church choir.
“I taught myself to play the guitar and keyboard and I’m more into the genre of soul and blues,” he said.
Mr Lesianawai returned to Fiji and teamed up with singer, Ilisavani Cava, on the track ‘Nanumi Yau’ which launched him into the music scene.
His favourite artists include Usher, Trey Songz, and other rhythm and blues artist.
He has performed at events such as the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, and in the Cook Islands, and in Sydney, Australia.
The singer, songwriter, and producer currently works at Exotic music studio. He released his first album last year titled “The IV” and has released four music videos.
He wrote the popular song for local artist Vly Navoka, also called ‘Mositi Yau’ and featured with the KKU band on the song ‘Matters’.
Challenges he has faced over the years include the ability to handle the criticism people throw at him.
“The impact of social media nowadays, people can be very critical about me and my music,” he said.
He attributes his achievement to his family, friends and fellow artists like MC Trey, Savuto Vakadewavosa and the Hope Fiji family.
Currently he is working on his second album, which will be released this March.
His advice to upcoming artists is that if they love music then they should go for it and to always stay humble in everything they do.