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Written By : ILIESA TORA. If you want to catch some of the country’s best local musicians then make sure you book yourself in for a date with the stars
04 Mar 2011 12:00

image Written By : ILIESA TORA. If you want to catch some of the country’s best local musicians then make sure you book yourself in for a date with the stars on Saturday, March 12.
Local musicians will converge at the Vineyard along Victoria Parade to witness the 2011 Procera Music Awards Night.
It should be a night to remember – even if you have to fork out extras to pay for the $20 ticket that is being sold for those who want to attend.
Like what Vude King Seru Serevi said last week during a meeting to finalise details of the awards night, “it has to be a unique event where people will know that it is a must to attend”.
Procera Music general manager Mahid Murad said the night is one that they look forward to, especially since this is only the second time that the awards are being given.
“This started last year after Procera Music saw that there is a need to award our musicians for their contribution and work,” Mr Mahid said.
“Previously there was the Vakalutuivoce Award that was organised by the Fiji Islands Performers and Composers Association.
“Since they stopped we felt it was our duty to step in and organize the event since most of the local musicians now produce their CDs with us.”
While the competition for the 30 awards is going to be interesting, Mr Mahid said they are counting on music-lovers to come in and support their cause.
“This is going to be a night for music-lovers to come in and meet their artists. Some of them will be on stage to entertain during the night,” he said.
Awards are being finalised two ways – with Procera Music analysing CD sales with popularity on radio while critics also have the chance to vote for their best artists.
Groups and artists who have recorded their music with Procera include oldtimers Waisale Vuniwaqa of the famous Waikoula kei Tavua group, Semi Keli of the Kabu ni Delai Kade fame, Jale Mareau, Bill Masi and Friends, Peni Seniyasi and the Mua-i-Gau Trio plus Voqa kei Gau e Loma in the i-Taukei category.
Hindi artists include the evergreen Ronald Jai, Ashok Kumar, Avinesh Chand, Salen Mani, Bobby Mudaliar and Master Shiu Dayal.
Awards on offer include Vude, Sigidrigi and Gospel for the i-Taukei category with bhajan, kirtan, qawali, lokjeet and film awards in the Hindi music category.
New groups and artists include Jio Veitaukula and the Malumu ni Tobu kei Naivaukura, Savu ni Delai Lomai, Tegu ni Delai Kuitarua, Cagi Mudre ni Delai Roro, Domo ni Savu, Cadra ko Muana, Waikatakata Vure e Dela ni Nukuvula and Mudre ni Cagi kei Nasiriva.
Mr Mahid said the night should be entertaining “but at the same time it will be a night to thank our artists”.
He said artists work hard by composing songs and producing their CDs so that the local music market can be kept entertained.
“This is a way of saying thank you to them and encouraging them to keep producing songs for all of Fiji.”
The organisers are trying to finalise the chief guest for the awards night – which is a choice between Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Tickets are now on sale at the Procera Music Shop at Harifam Centre on Ellery Street.

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