International Pasifika music legend George ‘Fiji’ Veikoso, known for hit songs such as Sweet Darlin, Hey Girl, Stone Cold, and Chant of the Islands will be recognised at the 2021 Pacific Music Awards with the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award.
Born in Fiji and raised in Hawaii, Mr. Veikoso is also renowned and respected for recording songs in multiple Pacific languages. He has been described as more than just a singer; his prowess as a song writer, composer, and producer has set him apart from the rest, and led to international acclaim and fame.
He has received numerous awards during his career, winning the Hawai’i Academy of Record Arts’ Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Male Vocalist of the Year and the public balloting for Favourite Entertainer of the Year in 1998. Fiji also won the first Best Pacific International Artist Award at the 2014 Pacific Music Awards.
Fiji has collaborated with many legends including Gladys Knight, Aaron Neville, Beres Hammond, Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Ziggy Marley, Ky-mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest, and Inner Circle.
The winners will be celebrated in an online awards ceremony, now moved to Saturday 11 December at 7pm, screened by Tagata Pasifika on TP+ (tpplus.co.nz).
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