The Gafa Arts Collective (GAC) presents International Tongan/Samoan tenor Ben Makisi, in a guest appearance for one night of ‘Pacific Voices’, raising funds towards future Pacific cultural arts projects.
The 2002 Sydney McDonalds Eisteddfod Aria recipient has performed the world over and will be joined by sought after, and GAC favorite Samoan soprano Aivale Cole. The opera singing duo have performed together many times and will share the stage with a lineup of world class Pacific artists. The interesting program aligns operatic favorites like Nessun Dorma & O Mio Babbino with contemporary Samoan & Pacific music, poetry & culture.
'It is a real coup to have Ben & Aivale on the same stage & along with the GAC luminaries. Londoners are in for a real treat' says Creative Director & tenor Sani Muliaumaseali'i who will also be lending his talent to the evenings proceedings.
Muliaumaseali’i co-founded the GAC in 2011 & the collective hasn't looked back. After selection to open the 2013 London Origins Festival of first nations, the GAC took to Cologne collaborating with Samoan artist Shigeyuki Kiahra earlier this year. Muliaumaseali’i is currently penning a project for the Edinburgh Festival 2014.
Pacific Voices London goes beyond lyricism 'London has brought me back to my first voice - the one that simply loved words' says GAC new comer Samoan poet, Courtney Sina Meredith.
London-based Meredith will be giving voice to well-chosen words alongside major Pacific artist & GAC associate director, Rosanna Raymond. Innovative New Zealand composer Simon Eastwood & Australian accompanist Kathryn Bolitho feature with the GAC in full support.
Projects benefiting from concert funds include the GAC London School of Samoan Language, ‘Aoga mo le gagana Samoa’ which inaugurates in 2014.