Two Bands To Watch At Food, Mu­sic Day To­day

The Gang and Re­latiV will take the stage

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SELITA BOLANAVANUA Edited by Epineri Vula Feed­back: selita.bolanavanua@fi­jisun.com.fj

Two bands aim to make an im­pact when the one-day Thurston Food and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is held at Suva’s Thurston Gar­dens to­day. Ex­pect foot stomp­ing, pulse rais­ing mu­sic when Suvabased The Gang and Re­latiV take the stage.

The Gang man­ager Taniela Qalilawa said be­ing ap­proached by the or­gan­is­ers to per­form at the event was a bless­ing for the eight-mem­ber band that formed three years ago.

He said the plat­form would en­able them and other artists to show­case what the mu­sic in­dus­try had to of­fer Fiji.

“This will be our first time per­form­ing, how­ever, the sup­port and as­sis­tance from Knox En­ter­tain­ment, Gold FM and the or­gan­is­ers has been great so far,” Mr Qalilawa said.

“We’ve se­lected songs that will get ev­ery­one on their feet and move a lit­tle. We’ve tried to chal­lenge our­selves a lit­tle by adding our own mu­si­cal twist to the songs.

“We hope that by do­ing this we’ll en­cour­age as­pir­ing mu­si­cians and artists out there to tap into their mu­si­cal po­ten­tial and cre­ativ­ity and serve us all with their God-given tal­ents.

“Wher­ever we per­form, we al­ways aim to cre­ate a ‘mem­o­rable mo­ment’ for our fans and all those in at­ten­dance.” He de­scribes the band as a group of young, en­er­getic mu­si­cians who play a va­ri­ety of gen­res rang­ing from English and Fi­jian clas­sics, pop, coun­try, reg­gae, jazz, Fi­jian vude, Top 40 songs and more.

For Re­latiV the fes­ti­val is a re-emer­gence of sorts up af­ter a short hia­tus from the mu­sic scene.

Band mem­bers, who are rel­a­tives, de­cided to take a break from the scene be­cause they were unim­pressed with their level of per­for­mances af­ter be­ing in the busi­ness for three years.

Drawn from Lau and Ka­davu prov­inces, a few mem­bers wanted to re­turn to ter­tiary classes.

But the lure of mu­sic and miss­ing the abil­ity to per­form live got band mem­bers talk­ing about a re­u­nion. To­day is a chance for them to put it all to­gether. Man­ager Ben­janim Seniroqa high­lighted that it would be their sec­ond per­for­mance this year af­ter their break-up with the ad­di­tion of a new mem­ber, Biu Kaci­mai­wai. “I’d say our sound is pretty much fresh and new right now and we’re ready for this fes­ti­val,” Mr Seniroqa said. “This event is some­thing dif­fer­ent to what other mu­sic fes­ti­vals in Fiji of­fer. The one thing that we love about it is that the or­gan­is­ers look af­ter us mu­si­cians re­ally well and that is some­thing you don’t see in other events.

“Also we be­lieve in the vi­sion on how the mu­sic stan­dard in Fiji can grow if we all could work to­gether and this event is ac­tu­ally mak­ing that pos­si­ble.”

Re­latiV is orig­i­nally an in­die, pop and rock band, but they usu­ally play any­thing rang­ing from pop rock, reg­gae, soul, funk, jazz, blues, coun­try, rock and roll, heavy metal, folk, disco and hip hop.

The Thurston Food and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has been de­scribed as a fun-filled day for ev­ery­one where peo­ple can bring their friends and fam­ily and en­joy the food while lis­ten­ing to qual­ity live mu­sic and per­for­mances.

It is or­gan­ised by KNOX En­ter­tain­ment and Gold FM sup­ported by Par­adise Bev­er­ages and the Suva City Coun­cil.

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