It’s been a busy year for our amazing group PASEFIKA VITORIA CHOIR – we’ve gone from strength to strength since first forming in April 2016. Our choir is the first performance group formed under PICAA, and is one that regularly performs all over Melbourne, promoting Pasefika music.
There are times when we are invited to collaborate with other Australian artists, so we thought we’d tell you abit about our relationship with our soul sister Mojo Juju. First up, she is one helluva singer! Humble and just so down-to-earth cool that we are proud to have been part of her musical journey in putting together her latest album, Native Tongue (2018). Our guest appearance in this beautiful album is the result of many jamming sessions and collaborative performances with Mojo.
We first met Mojo in 2016, when our music director Rita Seumanutafa was invited to meet with her and music producer Joel Ma aka Joelistics. Joel wanted to discuss his idea of workshopping a few of Mojo’s songs, in the hopes of a Pacific gospel sound input. After a few sessions in Joel’s studio, a soulful rendition of the single ‘Native Tongue’ had emerged. Our singers, Pasefika Vitoria Choir were called in to learn then record their parts, then we booked in a few public performances at Piers Festival 2017, Melbourne Festival 2017, and Multifuturism at the Gasometer Hotel.
This week, our PVC singers are enjoying being on stage again with Mojo as she launches her album at the Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne. Shows are almost sold out, so if you are in need of some soul-empowering-food, then come along and share this wonderful experience with us.
Photo: Pasefika Vitoria Choir ready to hit the stage at the preview night of “Mojo Juju:Native Tongue” show. (photo by Irra Walshe)