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KCA Artist Expo on the Roll

KCA Artist Expo on the Roll
July 17
20:13 2017

Kingdom Creative Arts (KCA) held its one-of-a-kind artist expo on July 8 at the Play House in Suva.

KCA founders Ben and Elizabeth Morrison have been running the institution for more than five years now.

Mr Morrison said: “This event is our first artist expo that provides a platform to launch artists. And we look at doing it more on a regular basis.

“Its one of the fruits of our singer/song writer programme. The programme is for 10 weeks.

“The singer/songwriter programme is for individuals who are interested in learning about composition, song writing, the music business, all of that – being an artist.

“We’re serious with their skill and we take them through this programme. We produce their song for them, their single and then we launch it.”

He said if after they wanted to continue with an album, they would also cater for it.

Mrs Morrison said the night event was suc­cessful because the tickets were sold out.

“The next event is going to be in a bigger venue,” Mr Morrison said.

More about an expo

“So basically the whole aim of it was to cre­ate a platform for new and upcoming artists to find exposure and people can get to know who these new artists are.

“Because there is so much talent around. So the event was really a platform to launch art­ists. And we’re looking at doing that more on a regular basis.

“When we talk artists, we’re not just talk­ing singers. We launched a new dance team – a hip hop dance crew – we launched a new choir, Domo ni Tui.

“The dance team is King’s Crown and we also launched two stand-up comedians for the first time called the PKs.

“We launched a new trio group, and they also have appeared on the Breakfast Show; two guys and one girl, Naomi, Henry and Isaiah.

“The other individual artists, Grace Kaci­maiwai, Josh Waqanivalu, Varanisese Kuruvakaturaga, Rosie Miller and Kurui­lagi Korovulavula. And also Iva, she’s also launching an album at the end of this month.

“The next artist expo will be held in Sep­tember.

“We want to do that here (Suva), in the West and eventually take it up to the North as well, just so people can come to the event, they can hear some songs, new upcoming artists.”

Grace Kacimaiwai profile

Enrolling at KCA was a blessing in disguise for Grace Kacimaiwai.

She sang her first single, Trust in Him at the expo.

The Yat Sen Secondary School student said: “At KCA they have a slogan called free the artist child. They believe that in each inner person there is always that artistic child and the only way that it could come out is being free in the sense expressing yourself obvi­ously through music.

“They have really pulled me out of my com­fort zone and helped me to be more creative.

“I was really putting it out there through my song is for us to Trust in Him (God) and through him you can get what you want and you pray for.

“Trust him when you are feeling low, trust him when things don’t work out your way.

“So its basically standing up and not feel­ing ashamed of what you believe in and re­ally trust him in everything you do and it will work out well.”

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