Fiji, PNG writers shortlisted for short story prize

Fijian and Papua New Guinean writers have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Mary Rokodravu, who won the 2015 Pacific prize, has been shortlisted for her work ‘The

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Stan and the Earth Force talk Vanuatu music

By Rowena Singh Stan Antas, founder and lead singer of Vanuatu’s Stan & the Earth Force, says music has always been part of his life, and part of Vanuatu’s culture. “We're big on reggae here and our local

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Kavita Kalyan’s musical journey

By Rowena Singh “Fiji is a strong part of my existence,” says ghazal and Bollywood singer Kavita Kalyan. Kalyan is Australian born, but with strong family ties that take her back to Fiji, and her extended family in

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Niuean musician, actor and entrepreneur: Glen Jackson

By Rowena Singh Niuean musician Glen Jackson did not know that he came from a musical family until he returned to the Rock in 1985. “Growing up in Otara [New Zealand], my mum introduced me to the guitar, I was already

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Mia Kami: Harnessing the power of music to decolonise the mind

“Performing is more than just me standing up and singing a song in front of people; it is a chance for me to share a vision and a mission,” says Tonga’s Mia Kami. Kami’s original songs are full of meaning,

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