Original song competition ‘Domo Vou Talei’ launched in Suva

The Australia's High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feaks (middle) with sponsors, FPRA Executives and Media partners during the the launch of the Domo Talei talent quest at the Fiji Times conference room yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

An original song competition titled Domo Vou Talei was launched yesterday at The Fiji Times conference room in Suva.

The Australian High Commission initiative will see two finalists walk away with cash — $5000 to the first place getter, courtesy of The Fiji Times, and $3000 to the People’s Choice awardee, thanks to Westpac Banking Corporation.

At the launch, Australian High Commission First Secretary Political Malcolm Paterson said 10 finalists would receive professional music coaching, studio time and a chance to perform their original song at the Uprising Music Festival on July 9.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes said the competition would provide an opportunity to rejuvenate the careers of Fijians in the performing arts industry.

“The competition will be open for three weeks for submissions and details on how to enter the competition can be found on the Communications Fiji Ltd Website (CFL) website,” he said.

“Ten of the finalists will be shortlisted to undergo coaching and performance training.

“And these finalists will then go on to record a studio video with CFL’s Music Factory.”

Mr Feakes said members of the public could vote in the Westpac People’s Choice Award through the Vodafone texting platform.

“The ten finalists will also get the opportunity to perform their original songs at the Uprising Music Festival where The Fiji Times’ grand prize winner and Westpac People’s Choice winners will be announced.

“Outside of the competition the 10 finalists will also be featured on ABC’s Pacific Beat Island Music Show which will showcase Fiji’s talent to a wider audience in Australia and in the region.”

Mr Feakes said the two main prize winners would be offered a one-year membership and support with Fiji Performing Rights Association.

FPRA chairman Eremasi Tamanisau said the only way to develop the music industry in Fiji was to encourage the creation of original music.

“We’re very thankful to the Australian High Commission for coming up with this brilliant idea which can only be good for a new generation of musicians in years to come,” he said.

The Fiji Times is sponsoring the Domo Vou Talei competition alongside Westpac, Communications Fiji Ltd, Knox Entertainment and FPRA.

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