Pacific Music Awards: five acts you should know about


With the Pacific Music Awards coming up, Kirsten Johnstone introduces some of the new names who might join previous winners including Adeaze, Savage, Aaradhna, Ladi 6, Te Vaka, Nesian Mystik, and David Dallas.

General Fiyah

General Fiyah

General Fiyah Photo: screenshot, Love and Affection video

Nominated In three categories – best song, best video (directed by Samson Rambo) and best male artist is General Fiyah. He’s 11.

His mum and dad named him Nicholas, and this young guy is already a star. His first song ‘Love and Affection’ had over 2.5 million hits on youtube. It was written about a girl he had a crush on. His uncle Charlie helped out with the writing, and penned the second single ‘Here To Stay’.

He’s the son of Rob Pome’e, one of the founding members of Otara reggae band Three Houses Down, who’ve been going about a decade and had a pretty decent following of their own before their offspring upstaged them. The nucleus of the band is Rob and his two brothers, They’re previous winners of Pacific music awards, they’ve toured the Pacific and Australia as well as here, and supported bands like UB40 The Wailers and Shaggy.

So Nicholas had music in his life from day dot, and it’s in his blood – his father and his grandfather were choirmasters. It was his Grandad who started to take him to piano lessons when he was five. The reason he got the name General was because when he came to band practise, he was competent on so many instruments. And then he brought the Fire. General Fiyah’s first performance was in 2016 in front of thousands at the One Love festival.

He does a perfect little Michael Jackson impression and a pretty good Jamaican patois too, and has such an infectious smile that you’ll be grinning at your screen the whole time he’s on it.

EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth

EFKS Te Atatu Junior Youth is a 45-member Youth Choir from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa. They’re first time finalists in the Best Album, Best Pacific Language and Best Pacific Gospel Artist categories.

They released their first album in October last year to coincide with the church’s 40th celebrations – it’s called Fa’afetai le Atua, Vol. 1.  It’s directed by Metitilani Alo and produced by Emmanuel Ensink, and they’ve really tried to do something different in this realm. There’s island reggae versions of standard hymns, pop balladry, orchestral soundtrack sounding songs, and even hip-hop. READ MORE