Dis­ney Moana record­ings

Fiji Sun - - Comments - Joan McGoon, Nadi

Not only have we struck ‘gold’ in the Olympics (sport­ing arena) but we have also struck gold in the Per­form­ing Arts arena. Hard work, per­se­ver­ance and de­ter­mi­na­tion has led to two of the Pa­cific’s lead­ing Per­form­ing Arts groups to be se­lected for ‘record­ings’ for Dis­ney’s first Poly­ne­sian car­toon, Moana. Thou­sands from around the world au­di­tioned for the lead voice of Moana and this went to Auli’i Cravalho, who was ac­tu­ally dis­cov­ered singing at a char­ity event and had ini­tially not both­ered au­di­tion­ing due to the num­ber of au­di­tions on Youtube. How­ever, her love for singing and in­spir­ing oth­ers led her to be­ing dis­cov­ered.

Pasi­fika Voices, the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific’s res­i­dent artists, have a vi­sion of in­spir­ing ev­ery and any one with their soul­ful, beau­ti­ful voices.

Pop­u­lar in the cap­i­tal city for their per­for­mances at com­mu­nity and char­ity events, they in­spire and up­lift the spir­its of ev­ery­one who come into con­tact with their mu­sic and dance. To meet world class stan­dards, fun au­di­tions are held ev­ery so of­ten amongst the mem­bers in dance and vo­cals. Re­cent per­for­mances be­fore Euro­pean roy­alty (Queen of Nor­way) and now, Dis­ney’s new Poly­ne­sian roy­alty, Moana, have been re­ward­ing for the group in terms of recog­ni­tion and travel.

But also re­ward­ing is the in­spi­ra­tion of oth­ers hav­ing in­spired them to con­tinue with their nat­u­ral tal­ents and gift­ing, re­gard­less of life’s harsh­est re­al­i­ties.

All the best to this as­pir­ing and in­spir­ing group of tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als and to Te­vaka, also the other Pa­cific Is­land per­form­ing arts group used for the Moana record­ings. May our in­fu­sion of cul­tures and love for the arts bridge us to each other and to the rest of the world.

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