New genre at music awards night

FOR the first time ever the Fiji Performing Rights Association Music Awards will have an award specifically to recognise and reward the work of hip-hop musicians in Fiji.

FPRA media liaison officer Lice Movono-Rova said on Friday the award would be called the Best Hip-Hop song Award.

“We are only able to do this because we have a lot of corporate organisations that have come forward to say that they will help us to be more inclusive,” Mrs Movono-Rova said.

“The Fiji Performing Rights Association is an apolitical organisation which is multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and multi-lingual. So whenever we have the resources we like to reward as many genres as we can afford to,” Mrs Movono-Rova said.

“This year we can afford to bring on board the hip-hop community. The humbling bit about it is that the hip-hop musicians of this country, the producers, dancers, and the people who work in this genre have been working so hard and quietly for two decades,” she said.

Dave Lavaki, also known as Mr Grin, who was central to the hip-hop explosion which hit Fiji several years ago, thanked FPRA for including the genre for this year’s awards night.

“This is really a great opportunity for us as practitioners of hip-hop to come forward and for those of us that aren’t registered with FPRA, this is the opportunity and another added incentive to become members,” Lavaki said.

The FPRA Music Awards will be held on May 14, 2016 at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

By Talebula Kate |The Fiji Times, Sunday, February 07, 2016

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