29 May, 2007
Ratu Sukuna student performs solo at Music Festival
Here is a picture from the Fiji Times today, Tuesday, 29 May 2007, of a student from my former school, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, leading a rendition of R Kelly's song, I believe I can fly, backed by a multi-school choir of about 300 students from Suva. The performance was part of those that kick started the Suva Secondary Schools Music Festival in Suva yesterday. The festival runs up to Wednesday, 30 May 2007, and is showing at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. Back to my former school, students from our school during my time there were very good vocalists with music classes and learning the tonic solfa heavily emphasised by the school. Ratu Sukuna would win most of the schools' choir competitions during those days, including the school children's category of the Annual Methodist Church Conference Choir Competitions. One remembers the "Isa Nau" and "Yavirau" songs performed by our school choir then, which still plays on Radio Fiji. Some of the students who went on to earn a living on stage included Litia Ravoka (now deceased) and Georgina Ledua. With the emphasis on music at the time, one simply had to be good at it to avoid having the "rugby corner flag", which was made of thick wood in those days, rain down on your head during music classes. Our music teacher then was Master Nacanieli Mataika (now deceased) - a "tauvu" of mine from Gau. The "tauvu" connection did not matter to Master Naca as you would still get that corner flag if your voice fell out of line when practising the tonic solfa. I am happy and proud to what it has made us and I wish the current students of the school the best in future. If you have the gift of music, making music or singing, use it. Photo : Ratu Sukuna Memorial School soloist, Pauliasi Koroiwaca, leading the 300-strong secondary schools' choir in the rendition of R Kelly's song, I believe I can fly, last night.