Edited by Azizi Powell
This pancocojams post showcases the Fijian song performed by Black Rose (Rosiloa),
Information about Fiji is also given in this post along with information about traditional Fijian Meke music and dance. Information about the music group Black Rose (Rosiloa) is also included in this pancocojams post.
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SHOWCASE VIDEO Black Rose - Raude - clip officiel
MangroveNoumea, Published on May 24, 2012
3 jours de tournage pour ce clip de 2 minutes, qui nous a mené de Nandi aux dunes de sable de Sigatoka, en passant par l'île de Malolo Lailai. Simon le caméraman a bien failli s'y faire arracher la tête par l'avion qui décolle dans le clip ! On avait demandé au pilote de décoller "le plus tard possible" pour avoir un plan "au plus près" du décollage, ce qu'il a fait... En prenant des risques énormes !
Google translation from French to English:
3 days of filming for this 2 minutes clip, which took us from Nandi to the sand dunes of Sigatoka, passing by the island of Malolo Lailai. Simon the cameraman almost got his head torn off by the plane taking off in the clip! The pilot was asked to take off "as late as possible" to have a plan "closer to" take-off, which he did ... taking enormous risks!
INFORMATION ABOUT FIJI
"Fiji ... officially the Republic of Fiji (Fijian: Matanitu Tugalala o Viti;... is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The farthest island is Ono-i-Lau. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the total population of 898,760. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji's principal cruise port. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi (tourism) or Lautoka (sugar cane industry). Viti Levu's interior is sparsely inhabited due to its terrain.
The population of Fiji is mostly made up of native Fijians, who are Melanesians (54.3%), although many also have Polynesian ancestry, and Indo-Fijians (38.1%), descendants of Indian contract labourers brought to the islands by the British colonial powers in the 19th century. The percentage of the population of Indo-Fijian descent has declined significantly over the last two decades due to migration for various reasons. Indo-Fijians suffered reprisals for a period after the Fiji coup of 2000. There is also a small but significant group of descendants of indentured labourers from the Solomon Islands.
About 1.2% are Rotuman—natives of Rotuma Island, whose culture has more in common with countries such as Tonga or Samoa than with the rest of Fiji. There are also small but economically significant groups of Europeans, Chinese, and other Pacific island minorities. The total membership of other ethnic groups of Pacific Islanders is about 7,300"...
INFORMATION ABOUT MEKE MUSIC
"Meke is a broad term in the Fijian language, primarily referring to all traditional style of dance. It is a cognate of the words "maka" (Rotuman) and "mele" in Hawaiian. It is typically performed during celebrations and festivals. Traditionally the dances that comprise the meke art form are performed by groups of men only or women only, however, foreign influences, such as the male/female Tongan ma'ulu'ulu becoming the Fijian vakamalolo, are evident throughout.
Professor Friedrich Ratzel in his 1896 publication (Macmillan of London), The History of Mankind, writes about the Fijian meke as both song and dance which only a few are given to invent and which those who do, allege that they do so in the spirit world where divine beings teach them the song and the appropriate dance. He wrote that the ideal of the Fijian poet is poetry with every verse ending with the same vowell of regular measure, which, in practice is often achieved with poetic license through the use of arbitrary abbreviations or lengthenings, and omission of articles, etc."...
INFORMATION ABOUT ROSILOA (Formerly known as "Black Rose")
"Rosiloa (previously known as Black Rose) is a Fijian music band, currently signed by the New-Caledonian music label “Mangrove Productions”.
After releasing several cover albums locally, they really broke through with their first original album released in 2000 Voices of Nature, and the single Raude. This song is a mix between a traditional Fijian music form called “meke”, and modern dance rhythms and sounds, brought in by David LE ROY, producer and co-founder of the famous 2001 French dance act Daddy DJ. “Voices of Nature” was a huge success in the whole south Pacific area, and paved the path for Black Rose’s second album released in 2002 Kila…?. It was followed in 2005 by their first best-of album Rosiloa, which featured a new song, as well as unreleased remixes and video footage from the making of Kila…?. The bands latest effort is titled Ancient Pulse. It was released in 2009.
Date Added: July 31st, 2012"
This is the same text as that found on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosiloa) except that Wikipedia also has a list of band members.
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