Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

FI­JIAN singer Laisa Vu­lakoro will thaw out the win­ter frost with her songs of life and love at a Fi­jian In­de­pen­dence Day fundraiser at Rooty Hill RSL on Fri­day.

All the pro­ceeds from the night will go to­wards the fes­tiv­i­ties planned for Fiji Day Syd­ney to be held in Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter more than 35 years in the mu­sic in­dus­try and 16 al­bums, she has been crowned the Queen of Vude (Fi­jian folk mu­sic).

Vu­lakoro has also worked with Jimmy Barnes who was so en­thralled by her vo­cal gift he gave her one of his songs – I’ll Be The First To Cry – to sing. De­spite the fame and praise, Vu­lakoro in­sists that she has the least tal­ent out of her mu­si­cal fam­ily.

“I was one of 14 chil­dren, eight girls and six boys,” she said. “Ev­ery­one sings in my fam­ily; I’m the one with the worst voice but the most drive.”

The singer, who is a men­tor on the Pa­pua New Guinea singing con­test Vo­cal Fu­sion which aired on EMTV, said she loved to in­spire peo­ple.

Vu­lakoro will be in the Waratah Room on Fri­day from 8pm. Tick­ets are $35 online and $40 at the door. For de­tails visit face­book.com/ur­ban oa­sis­cre­ative.

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