FPRA announces nominees

Its Fiji’s answer to the GRAMMYs and this year, the FPRA Music Awards announces some big names, mostly groups who have led the music industry into 2016. 

Watch the event here: http://livestream.com/fijilivestream/fpra2016nominees

Interestingly, the event is backed by another musical great, TABS Investment, who are the suppliers of the high value wood which is used to make Taylor Guitars. The guitar brand is favoured by multi Grammy winner Taylor Swift.

Close to 50 of Fiji’s best musicians vie for one of 14 Awards with most eyes on the “Big Five”; Best Composition (or Best Song), Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, Most Popular Music Video and Most Popular Song.

Some of the front runners include Elena Baravilala who is nominated for two awards, both premier awards, Best English Composition and Best Song. Commonly compared with Whitney Houston given her soulful original songs, the 27 year old sings about tough times in romance, in her newest release entitled “You Got You”.

Fijian boy band, Nasio Domoni, also up for four big awards makes clear that this is a year for groups. The bands original number “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” a title track from their third album is making a play for Best Itaukei Composition, Best Song and has earned them a sport in the race for Artist of the Year.

The popularity of music from other Pacific Islands shows up on the charts with Polynesian band Rako Pasefika, mostly renowned for their dance group stamping their brand for Best Song, Best New Artist and Best English Song.

Inside Out is another front runner. The Suva band, fronted by Apakuki Nalawa has made its name on Suva’s live music scene and they’re on the nominees list in several ways. They’re featured on the popular Itaukei dance ballad “Noqu Senikau” by Kula Kei Uluivuya which is being nominated for Most Popular Music Video and Most Popular Song, both popularity awards open for public voting.

Nalawa’s own composition though gives him a second nomination in the Most Popular Song category and earned Inside Out its second nomination in the Best English Song Category as well as the premier award nomination for Best New Artist competing against Naseda and Rako Pasefika.

All time boy band favourites Voqa ni Delai Dokidoki, whose hit making career spans over 15 years leads the competition for  Artist of the Year, a race with newcomer favourites Nasio Domoni and hit making Vude Prince Savuto Vakadewavosa. Savuto who takes away a Vakalutuivoce each year took out the 2015 Best Itaukei Song Award.

The FPRA Music Awards presented by TABS Investments in association with Taylor Guitars will be held at the prestigious Grand Pacific on Saturday 14 May.

The Full List:

• Best English Song
1. “You Got You” By Elena Baravilala, Composer: Elena Baravilala
2. “Mama Earth” By Rako Pasefika, Composer: Sam Taukave, Paul Dominiko, Ema Rupeni
3. “Sweet Talking” By Inside Out, Composer: Apakuki Nalawa

• Best iTaukei Song
1. “Au kerekere Viti” By LITE, Composer: Waisale Qilatabu
2. “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” By Nasio Domoni, Composer: Jofiliti Sucuvou
3. “Sai Kemuni” by One 2 Eight, Composer: David Steven

• Best Hindi Song
1. “Manav Samhje Na Raasta” By Praneel Sami Don, Composer: Praneel Sami Don
2. “Kahawa Gaile Saawra” By Praneel Sami Don, Composer: Praneel Sami Don
3. “Mere Khuda Meri Dohai Sun” By Saimone Vuatalevu, Composer: Saimone Vuatalevu

• Best Gospel Song
1. “Longing” By Dawn Gospel, Composer: Katarina Turagakacivi
2. “Noqu Kalou Au Tagi vei Kemuni” By Saimone Vuatalevu, Composer: Saimone Vuatalevu
3. “Jisu Sa Voleka Mai” By Faith Harvest Worship, Composer: Kalevati Veiseyaki

• Best Hip Hop Song
1. “Money in the Bag” By Kurt Ram
2. “Stir it Up” Sekove Naqio/Laisiasa Dave Lavaki/Mynlessme
3. “Runnin” Laisiasa Dave Lavaki/Faga Timote/Sekove Qiolevu/George Wasile

• Most Popular Music Video
1. “Ena Bogi” By Savuto
2. “Sai Kemuni” By One 2 Eight
3. “Noqu Senikau” By Kula Kei Uluivuya
4. “Shes not crying anymore” By Naseda
5. “Noqu Daulomani” By Naseda

• Most Popular Song
1. “Noqu Senikau” By Kula Kei Uluivuya, Composer: Viliame Cokanauto
2. “Nasi Dredre Ga” By Voqa kei Valenisau, Composer: Apolosi Baroi
3. “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” By Nasio Domoni, Composer: Jofiliti Sucuvou
4. “Sweet Talking” By Inside Out, Composer: Apakuki Nalawa
5. “Au mai vakila” By Voqa ni delai dokidoki, Composer: Temo Soko Lote

• Best New Artist
a. Naseda
b. Inside Out
c. Rako Pasefika
• Artist of the Year
a. Voqa ni Delai Dokidoki
b. Nasio Domoni
c. Savuto

• Best Composition
1. “You Got You” By Elena Baravilala, Composer: Elena Baravilala
2. “Na veikilai lekaleka mosimosi” By Nasio Domoni, Composer: Jofiliti Sucuvou
3. “Hanua Helava” By Rako Pasefika, Composer: Sam Taukave, Paul Dominiko, Ema Rupeni

By LICE MOVONO-ROVA

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