Experience A Taste Of All Things Samoan At ‘Pacific Voices London’ Raising Money For Pacific Cultural Arts Projects On 19 May 2014
The Gafa Arts Collective (GAC) is back and they are excited to announce that they will be pooling a number of celebrated Pacific, New Zealand and Australian talents such as Ben Makisi and Aivale Cole for one night only for a fundraising concert,Pacific Voices London, taking place 19 May 2014 at 7pm at Chelsea Old Town Hall. The concert will provide a unique mix of traditional opera with more contemporary Pacific arts, a must-see for culture vultures and music lovers, with money raised going towards future Pacific cultural arts projects. Tickets are available at www.gafasamoa.com.
The GAC is excited to showcase the amazing talents of Tongan Tenor, Ben Makisi, who will be making a guest appearance at this fundraising concert. He will be joined by the likes of Samoan soprano, Aivale Cole, aligning operatic favourites such as Nessun Dorma and O mio babbino with an interesting programme of contemporary Samoan and Pacific music, poetry and culture.
“It is a real coup to have Ben and Aivale on the same stage and along with the other GAC luminaries, Londoners are in for a real treat”, says Creative Director and Tenor Sani Muliaumaseali’i who will also be lending his talent to the evenings proceedings.
Other artists who will be joining the collective on the night include GAC newcomer contemporary Samoan poet, Courtney Sina Meredith, who has already been making waves in the art world and will be reciting some of her works alongside Pacific artist and GAC associate director, Rosanna Raymond. Innovative New Zealand composer, Simon Eastwood, and Australians Louise Callinan (mezzo soprano) plus accompanist Kathryn Bolitho will also be joining the GAC in full support of the cause.
Specific causes that will benefit from the event will include the promotion and development of Samoan and Pacific Art, artists, language and culture in the UK, including the GAC London School of Samoan Language, a new initiative which is being implemented in April 2014. The GAC was founded in 2011 by Creative Director and Tenor Sani Muliaumaseali’i and has been actively promoting the talents of Samoa and the Pacific ever since with regular events held across the UK.