American Embassy welcomes Mavis Rivers Tribute Band

U.S. Embassy hosted a reception to welcome Matt Catingub and the Mavis Rivers Tribute Band on Thursday night. 

The band was welcomed by Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Scott Brown and his good lady Gail Brown.

The Band will be in Samoa from November 7 – 11, will be performing a concert in tribute to the late Mavis Chloe Rivers (1929-1992), who was once referred to by Frank Senatra as “the purest voice” in jazz.

Mavis is well known in many countries but what many people do not know is that she has Samoan roots. Leading the Mavis Rivers Tribute Band is La‘auli Matt Catingub, Mavis’s son and a Grammy award winning musician and composer in his own right. 

Rounding out the sextet are three musicians, from the U.S., Steve Moretti, Kevin Axt, and Christina Souza, along with two musicians from New Zealand, Mike Booth and Andrew Hall.

The programme is part of the U.S. Embassy, Apia’s annual Arts Envoy Programme designed to share the best of the U.S. arts community with the world.

The programme sends American arts professionals - including performing artists, visual artists, poets, playwrights, theatrical and film directors, curators, and others - overseas to conduct workshops, give performances, and mentor young people. 

The programme seeks to connect with international publics who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with American arts professionals.

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