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Coronavirus delays studio's opening

The coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic lockdown has delayed the opening of Frontline Production’s new studio in Samoa.

Popular Samoan artists, SJ Demarco Lafaialii, and his brother Danger Boe were scheduled to return to Samoa to open the studio until the borders were closed last month due to the global pandemic.

Mr. Lafaiali’i said their flight was cancelled and he is in lockdown in New Zealand waiting for the borders to be reopened again.

“The plan is to come back to Samoa and give back to the country,” he said.

“We will come to Samoa as soon as our borders are opened again.”

Mr. Lafaialii said he wants the studio to provide a platform for young Samoan artists.

"I will be bringing to Samoa a platform where young artists and kids who have passion for music to sell their songs and to make their own money from their own music,” he said.

“I mean writing a song is really hard and singing it is also hard, so at least they'll earn money from their own hard work.”

Mr. Lafaialii's journey as a singer started at a very young age. He released his first single album in 2013.

"My passion for music is what kept me long in the music industry,” he said.

 “I believe that music saves the world, it expresses emotions and it helps cure the pain or it can help get through whatever that's bothering you.

“And most importantly I must use my talents given by God.”

The producer is working with Ulugia Poloma Komiti, better known as Mo Mea Chokes, on a new project.

"I am currently filming a song with Mo Mea Chokes called Aisea (why),” he said.

“This song is mainly about how the children always question their parents decisions. I mean I speak from my experience, since my dad is a Reverend I had always questioned his decisions on why he wanted to become a Reverend, but it’s only now I understood.”

Mr. Lafaialii has cooperated with a number of top artists including the Avia Brothers, Francis Silva, Peter Savaiinaea, Mathew Sam Ling to name a few.

And he believes he has a lot work to do, acknowledging the people who have helped him come this far.

"I'd like to acknowledge my brother who is a Reverend at Piula Rev. Wesley Lafaialii, my parents Fomai and Rasela Lafaialii, my late aunty Loleseti Savaiinaea, and also my supporters.

“I dedicated one of my songs called Manuia lau Malaga to my late aunty because she was one of the people that inspired me to write music.”

As for the new studio, it will be launched at Vaitele.

"I have to find time to write my music, film it and do everything that needs to be done. We also have other responsibilities like our family commitments and other things," he said.

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