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Ronnie Riti ( (Paeva))

  • Ronnie  Riti ( (Paeva))
© (Ronnie Riti)
Singer, Musician, Rapper
Column : Music
Solomon Islands

One of Solomon Islands music sensation, Ronnie Riti who has always been backing and behind the shows has snatched Papua New Guinea’s highest musical award for this year, 2012. This was from his song, “Isa noqu lewa”, a Fijian dialect which was nominated as the song of the year in PNG’s top musical award with the backing of two popular figures, Black Black and Rineta.

Artistically known as Paeva, Ronnie will be leaving the country and head for PNG next week to get that award.

In an exclusive interview with the artist last night, Ronnie expressed that he was so honoured to be receiving such an award.
“Well as you know, I’m like baby face here in the Solomon just helping artist become big shots so I’m always behind the scenes and that’s where my position is in the music industry.

“But since this award is given to me I couldn't be more happier because this just proves that what I did for a lot of artist was on the right track in this industry and so I am honoured to receive such an award,” the happy artist expressed.

Meanwhile, when asked what inspired him to choose a Fijian dialect rather his own language or some other languages, Ronnie explained that he is a big fan of Fijian music but never understood a single word.

“So I decided to get some help from my cousin which is part Fiji and Solomon and that was when I got some Fijian lyrics.
Despite being an old Fijian original song, Ronnie got the chorus of that song and re wrote the verses in English.

He shared that, while working on the remake of the song, he felt that it was going to be a good mix of the Fijian lyrics and English which resulted in the best outcome.

However, when asked whether he (Peava) has any future plans to do another similar song maybe in the same or probably a different language, he revealed that listeners, particularly his fans are to listen out because he has a surprising album for them, set to be out at the end of this year.

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