Lacanivalu ecstatic

Domo Vou Talei fi nalist Titilia Lacanivalu at the Thurston Gardens in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Titilia Lacanivalu was on her way back from rugby training when she got the call that she had made it into the top 10 of the Domo Vou Talei song contest.

“I was ecstatic,” the 26-year-old said. “I could not believe it because of the 135 entries, I’m one of the 10 finalists.

“I started playing rugby last year when the Fijiana 7s won bronze in the Tokyo Olympics. It motivated me to play rugby.”

The Burerua villager from Sawakasa, Tailevu, with maternal links to Viwa, Bau, said she was grateful to the Suva Women’s Rugby Club for supporting her music endeavours.

“They have given me time to join the recording and mentoring sessions.

“And some of the players had been asking when is the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival and where they could purchase tickets.”

Lacanivalu comes from a strong Christian background.

“My dad is a pastor, so I sing a lot and I’m part of the worship team in our church — Covenant Evangelical Church incorporating with Healing the Land Ministry. I began playing the guitar when I was in Class Eight and joined the worship team when I was in Year 9, so music has been a big part of my life.”

Lacanivalu said as a finalist in the Domo Vou Talei song contest, she was fortunate to be among living legends of the music industry in Fiji.

“It’s been a blessing for me to have met Seru Serevi and Laisa Vulakoro in person. And also Sunia Soko Loga who won the ‘Immortal Songs’ Korean singing competition — it’s an honour to be part of this competition.”

Lacanivalu’s song Mountain Spice is based on real life experiences.

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