This will be the last post of the year and we’ll end on a positive with a global hit from the Solomon Islands! It has a been a great pleasure to share the cultural news from around the Pacific Islands throughout the year. Here’s to a healthy and happy 2022. Stay positive. Stay strong.
Recently the Solomon Times posted a story written by Peter Zoleveke Jr. about how Solomon Islands well-known solo music artists Bradley Pitua (Blad P2A) & William Kadi (Khazin) put the country’s flag on the world map with their 2021 hit island jam ‘UKULELE’, which was voted first at the DJOOKY Music Awards – the world’s largest online song competition over the weekend.
While the country faces one of its darkest occurrences in history following the recent unrest, the music duos flared out with something positive for the local citizens to be proud of and dedicated to the young populace.
DJOOKY Oceania ambassador Victor Lopez confirmed out of 18 international finalists ‘Ukulele’ song came first with a rewarding music proposition that the artists can benefit from ‘making it to America’.
“Apart from winning first place, they are also given the choice of the prize money ($20k) or an all-expenses trip to LA where they will record a song with Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson & Madonnas Producer) at Capitol Records,” Lopez who is also the Manager of Solomon’s finest Door Man Project (DMP) artists Evin Rush, Arak, Mossa, Devande and Blad P2A.
“This isn’t the first time we have entered in this competition, DMP & Mossa had taken out 2nd & 3rd Place of the competition at the beginning of this year. This time around it was a blessing to have Blad P2A win first place with all that’s been happening in Honiara. These were done through online voting where local fans also got the opportunity to also be part of history despite challenges during the Covid – 19 pandemic.
“The current climate had made it extremely difficult to go out and get votes due to the violence and lockdown but the boys defeated the odds and reached their fans online to have them vote to win the competition,” Lopez expressed.
Kadi a Lawyer by profession and one of the co-founders of the boy band 56 Hop Rod – it’s about being patriotic representing the island nation and a massive dedication. “Thank you, everyone. If the world has to know about the Solomon Islands, it should be about the amazing level of talent and creativity in its youth, whether it be in sports, music, or other arts. It should be about our humility, perseverance, and drive to excel,” Khazin posted on his social media page. “This is for our generation and the younger generation who will take our music and art to the highest level there is. Everything on God! Thank you to those who paved the way, we are blazin now.”
Likewise, Blad P2A “Thank you to all the fans, family and friends who voted for us during one the toughest times our country has ever faced, we had to rely on very few resources to reach out to as many people as possible to show support and vote in such a short period, and to be honest with the unfortunate timing of the competition we never thought winning this competition would be even possible!
“This win wasn’t for us, this win was for the Solomon Islands and all our talented musicians here in solo and the pacific!”