Talented singers hope to go places
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.
Le Art is managed by Tracy O’Hare.
Singing sensation: Le Art vocalists Anastasia Sirila, left, and Tiresa Fomai sung, and Anastasia Seiuli is in the band.