Pa­cific lan­guage alive in mu­sic

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Call­ing all Pa­cific Is­land song­writ­ers – it’s time to put pen to paper in your na­tive tongue.

Unitec In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy is launch­ing its in­au­gu­ral Pa­cific song­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion for people of all ages to cel­e­brate their cul­ture through mu­sic.

En­tries must have 50 per cent of their lyrics in a lan­guage from the Cook Is­lands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Toke­lau, Tonga or Tu­valu.

Award-win­ning duo Adeaze is back­ing the ini­tia­tive.

The R&B soul group will be shar­ing their own ar­range­ment of a Samoan clas­sic and pro­vid­ing song­writ­ing tips on­line to sup­port the com­pe­ti­tion.

Adeaze mem­ber Nainz Tupa’i says mu­sic and lan­guage is a great part­ner­ship.

‘‘We’re so proud to be part of this project with Unitec, us­ing mu­sic to keep the lan­guage alive is awe­some.’’

Unitec Pa­cific stu­dent and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment di­rec­tor Linda Au­mua says the team wanted to cel­e­brate Pa­cific lan­guage weeks in a new way.

‘‘We’ve cho­sen a 50 per cent Pa­cific lan­guage con­tent, from any genre of mu­sic, to en­cour­age people of all lev­els of flu­ency, ages and abil­ity to have a go.’’

Sub­mis­sions for the com­pe­ti­tion are open un­til Au­gust 31.

Win­ners for each lan­guage will re­ceive a $500 mu­sic voucher.

The top seven videos will also go in to win a $1000 People’s Choice Award when pub­lic voting opens on Septem­ber 8.

Pa­cific roots: Viiz and Nainz Tu­pai of Adeaze are pro­mot­ing the Unitec song­writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Go to cen­tral­ to see a video about the com­pe­ti­tion star­ring Adeaze.

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