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Stay True With Nemoney

Lautoka born hip hop artist, Nemoney is no stranger to the local music scene. Born as Nemani Kavuru Sione Ganilau Fifita Borandobut better known by his stage name Nemoney, he
29 Jul 2017 11:08
Stay True With Nemoney
Nemani Kavuru Sione Ganilau Fifita Borandobut. Photo: Supplied

Lautoka born hip hop artist, Nemoney is no stranger to the local music scene.

Born as Nemani Kavuru Sione Ganilau Fifita Borandobut better known by his stage name Nemoney, he was raised in Rome, Italy and is the eldest of three brothers.

“At a young age I actually grew up listening to rock and heavy metal music like Metallica, AC DC, and Def Leppard,” said the Taveuni native.

He later started listening to hip hop artist like C.R.E.A.M from the Wu-Tang Clan was one of the first tracks he heard that made him like the genre.

“But I love all genres from reggae to country music and what trended back in the days.”

It was while he was in school and growing up in Rome that Nemoney’s passion for the hip hop culture took shape as he loved writing poems.

“So I started to listen to hip hop music that was when I knew I wanted to express myself on tracks and music.”

He started making a name for himself in Fiji in 2003 with one of his biggest hit, ‘This is how we spit it.’

His featured with local hip hop pioneers Mr Grin and Sammy G, and artists like Red Child, Rabbit, Baby Chris, Mynlessme, Silvabak, Young Faith, G5, Die Far, Wilo, Mattyboi and Abhi the Nomad.

He had performed in clubs like Traps Bar, Onyx, Ed’s Bar and Ice Bar in Nadi mostly for organised hip hop theme events where local artists come together and perform.

“I write my own songs and my parents are my inspiration in many ways.”

Some of the challenges he faced over the years was the lack of media support and there was only a small audience who took interest in the genre back then.

“However I’m happy to see it has changed now and people are more open-minded when it comes to hip hop,” he said.

Music is a hobby for Nemoney but he wishes he could pursue it as a full time career. He works at Pacific Destinations Fiji as a translator and Italian consultant.

His main supporters are his wife, Monica Borando and their two daughters Victoria and Sibella J.

Earlier this year he dropped a mix tape with fellow local artist, Mynlessme titled “Presidential Flow”

His long-term plan is that every year he would make better music than the year before and is currently in the studio working on some new music so keep a look out for that.

His advice to upcoming artist is not to try to imitate anyone.

“Be yourself and stay true to the music,” he added.

You can check out his official Nemoney Facebook page for more information.

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