Tal­ented singers hope to go places

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It’s all about the mu­sic for two of Place Valuez lead singers who are also in ris­ing vo­cal group Le Art.

The group – Anas­ta­sia Sir­ila and Tiresa Fo­mai and Porirua Col­lege stu­dents Roseta Lopa and Filipo Foma’i – made a big im­pact at the re­cent Porirua Sports Awards and were asked to sing at the Welling­ton awards as well.

Af­ter a big 2013, in­clud­ing open­ing for Bran­don In­ter­me­di­ate old girl Aaradhna and singing at the Pa­cific Youth Awards in Par­lia­ment, the girls have started song­writ­ing.

This year they have per­formed at Pos­i­tively Pasi­fika Fes­ti­val, CreekFest, and The Can­cer So­ci­ety Re­lay for Life.

While they have a taste for pop, it’s ‘‘ old school’’ they re­ally like, thanks to their mu­sic men­tor Jonathan Vil­iamu.

He played the group mu­si­cians like Sam Cooke and Michael Jack­son, which got them hooked.

Vil­iamu no­ticed their tal­ent the first time he heard them to­gether.

‘‘When I heard them sing to­gether, I thought, ‘ Man we have some­thing spe­cial here’,’’ he said.

‘‘They just keep im­prov­ing ev­ery time.’’

Year 8 pupil Anas­ta­sia, 13, said the big dream was to en­ter TV competitions like Fac­tor.

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Le Art is man­aged by Tracy O’Hare.

Pho­tos: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Singing sen­sa­tion: Le Art vo­cal­ists Anas­ta­sia Sir­ila, left, and Tiresa Fo­mai sung, and Anas­ta­sia Seiuli is in the band.

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