Kaiit postpones concerts because of measles

The Papua New Guinean-Australian singer Kaiit Waup has decides to postpone a planned concert and workshops in Samoa due to the measles epidemic.

Kaiit, an artist credited with reviving neo-soul music in Australia was scheduled to arrive in Samoa next month to perform and coach young female artists. 

But due to the epidemic affecting near 3000 people, the young singer has decided to change the dates of her planned visit, according to a statement by Island Base FM.

“This decision was not made lightly and was based upon not having the appropriate measures regarding the vaccination to ensure the protection of my health whilst travelling,” Kaiit said.

“I'm looking forward to seeing my Samoan brothers and sisters in early 2020 and my prayers go out to everyone at this time. Please take care of yourselves and stay safe.”

Her visit has been rescheduled for early next year, and still focus on female empowerment, creativity and career mentoring from the singer, who at just 21 years old won New Talent of the Year at the 2019 National Indigenous Music Awards in Darwin.

Island Base FM and sponsors the Australian High Commission had prepared the schedule in partnership with Samoa Tourism and the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.

“We look forward to Kaiit’s visit in early 2020 to showcase one of Australia’s contemporary and talented artists and to build collaboration between people with creative ideas across our communities,” Australian High Commissioner Sara Moriarty said.

Several performances scheduled for the week  (of December 5-12) will go ahead with New Zealand DJs from across the country. 

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