Local artists feature in U.N. Pacific Unites Concert

Samoan artists who are part of the Brown Girl Woke [B.G.W.] activist movement are joining a United Nations Pacific Unites Concert to be broadcast around the Pacific later this month.

Those invited to take part in the concert can decide whether they want to perform in spoken word or song. 

The concert will be shown online on 15 August and feature performances from Pacific artists such as Poly Flavour from Samoa, Skillz from Fiji, Toloa Choir from Tonga and many others.

The concert will have Pacific Island countries present a united front in the fight against COVID-19 and encourage them to keep safe and follow safety advice.

According to BGW President, Maluseu Doris Tulifau, the group was invited by Knox Entertainment in Fiji to be involved in the concert and, they have been practising for two weeks under vocal coach Valentino Maliko, who is also the co-director of the Samoa Performing Arts and Creative Excellence [ S.P.A.C.E.].

The performing group includes some members of the B.G.W. collective who perform at the Taumeasina Island Resort every Tuesday as part of a local talent show.

They will be performing two songs that are a mash-up “If I die young” and “Seasons of Love” and the group filmed their performance on Saturday at the S.P.A.C.E. studio.

Maluseu believes that the performance is a great platform and opportunity to share Pacific music and talent.

“It's great to be a part of [United Nations] Pacific concert because it’s a way to spread love during this time and music speaks a universal language,” she added.

”This is also a platform for them to use to promote their music.”

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