Where there is a Will there’s a Way
A first-born child in his family, William Orville Driver had such a cuteness and chubbiness overload that the neighbours kept him hostage most of the time. His dad George Driver, a police officer at Ba Police Station and mum Maisie could not do much as their neighbours in Varadoli, the Baleisuva family from Kadavu, were always at their doorstep wanting to carry young William. Ratu Manoa and Bulou Vilisi Baleisuva had six daughters and a son – they were a musical family and were the backbone of the Varadoli Methodist Church choir in Ba. Their youngest and only son Manoa (Jnr) was very fond of the little lad next door and treated him as a younger brother. The Baleisuva sisters also regarded Driver as their youngest brother and were very fond of him – in fact he went to finish his secondary education at Lelean Memorial School so he could be close to his adoptive family after they moved to Suva. Little did the Baleisuva family realise that Driver inherited their love of music and an awesome voice, which he has now put together as a solo musician trying to make it big in the music industry. He has also established his own band called Waves. The soft-spoken Somosomo villager from Taveuni Driver insists he owes his musical talent to his Ratu (the late Ratu Manoa Baleisuva) who composed Fijian hymns sung in many churches today, and Nau Bulou Vilisi. “Growing up with my adoptive family played a big part in my venturing into the music scene and I owe a lot to them,” Driver said. “I also thank my Dad and Mum, now in Lautoka, for their support with whatever I wanted to pursue.” It’s as if the 21 year old William had two sets of parents and two lots of
siblings, but he said he loves them equally. “I have a younger sister Rowena and a younger brother Manoa – and yes my younger brother is named after my Ratu.” Both families have come together to support his music career as starting a band is not an easy task for a young musician. “I have always wanted to have my own band since I was small and I guess this is a result of watching too many videos of John Meyer and Eric Clapton concerts,” he said. Driver doesn’t consider himself one of the best musicians as yet, he knows there is a lot of room for improvement. “One of the challenges in this industry is trying to keep up with peoples’ taste in music and at the same time lifting the standard of music in Fiji.” He considers himself lucky to have grown up with his adoptive musical family because he said these days veteran musicians hardly want to teach the younger generation the ropes. “So, we have to make the move ourselves and teach ourselves.” Driver is one who likes to go with the flow and live for today: “I don’t know what the future holds for me but I intend to pursue my love for music and see where it takes me. I don’t want to expect too much.”
Driver knows there is a lot of room for him to grow in the music industry.
Driver watches too many music videos which is how he developed his passion for music.
Driver goes with the flow and lives one day at a time.