The concert which was organized by the indigenous communities (Kanakas) in New Caledonia funded for by their government will see our very own III Kings lining up alongside other talented reggae bands from New Caledonia and other pacific island countries.
Following their success in the Pacific music industry, scooping up the best reggae band in the pacific awards last year, III Kings was then invited to perform at the concert this year.
In a brief interview with Solomon Star via email from Noumea, New Caledonia, one of the bands senior and most influential members Ronnie Riti (Paeva) said that the boys are already feeling the hype and mood leading toward their performance today.
“The boys are really looking forward towards the performance today.
“Practice sessions are going really well, we hope to do our nation, Solomon Islands, proud in tomorrow’s (today) concert,” Mr Riti, who sings backup and plays keyboards for the group said.
Riti said that during their arrival in New Caledonia, they have had the chance in meeting up with some of the famous talented musicians in the pacific and also linking up and visiting Mangrove studios plus other radio stations in the country.
He added that they were overwhelmed with the number of fans they have not only in New Caledonia but also around the entire Pacific region.
“Coming here we didn’t know that we have so many fans not only here in New Caledonia but also around the Pacific region.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback and messages from them.
“This is really encouraging for the group especially since we now know that people are into our music-especially since the band is preaching the good news of God through our music,” Mr Riti said.
Meanwhile III Kings band have again been invited back to New Caledonia to play alongside the band of reggae legend the late Lucky Dube, who will be touring in December.
Riti revealed this to Solomon Star saying that it is yet again another opportunity for them to show case their talents and preach the good news of Jesus at a more global level.
“We were informed by the organizers of the Pacific Festival United, that we will be coming back to sing alongside the band of reggae legend the late Lucky Dube who will be visiting New Caledonia in December.
“We were also told that the late Dube’s son is their lead vocalist.
“This is indeed a chance of a lifetime to play perform alongside such world renowned artists-and the band, we count this a privilege and a blessing,” Mr Riti said.
III Kings band rose to fame in 2010 after scooping up the Pacific Break Competition with their harmonious blend of contemporary reggae and reggae ton style of music.
Also last year 2011, grabbing the award for best pacific reggae band.By JEREMY INIFIRI
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