Fans enjoy musician’s festival
Close to 100 fans turned up yesterday for the Jazz and Blues Festival which was a tribute to legendary guitarist, Tom Mawi at the Holiday Inn in Suva. The fans enjoyed the opening with several pieces from the legend Mr Mawi before other local artists took to the stage. “I know Tom Mawi personally we are here just to celebrate his life as a musician,” said fan Nemani Mati. “He’s 75 now and I’ve followed his music for a very long time.” Mr Mati said he was a big jazz music follower and considered Tom as a very gifted musician. Another fan Madhu Lata said it was a good show and had been a big fan of the Tailevu man. “We just came to see what the atmosphere was like and I’ve seen Tom Mawi play before at Bad Dog but me being here I just wanted to see something bigger today.” Other featured artists who performed at the concert included Robert Verma, Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro, Georgina Ledua, Sami and Annie Mawi, SASSY, Steve Macomber, Ken Janson, Richard Beyer, One 2 Eight, Salome Baravilala, Maxie Columbus; and Samu and Kathy Waqa.
The concert titled ‘At Tom’s Place’ was a homecoming for the guitarist who was once voted among the top 10 jazz guitarists in the world by Down Beat magazine.
Edited by Rusiate Mataika