Music Mentors Honoured at Vodafone Pacific Music Awards

May 9th 2014
We were extremely proud to see two of our Mentors, Mark Vanilau and Bella Kalolo win big at the 10th Annual Vodafone Pacific Music Awards.

Mark Vanilau, solo artist, and a regular member of Dave Dobbyn's band, took the award for APRA Best Pacific Song for ‘Giant of the Sea’. Vanilau seemed humbled by this honour and chose to stick to his speech cards, which he hadn’t expected to need on the night.

He also got to perform his winning song later in the evening, after winning a second award for British Council Aspiring International Artist. This prestigious award sees Mark flying to the UK in August, the overseas trip will provide performance and networking opportunities. 

Samoan soul diva Bella Kalolo won the Trillian Trust Best Pacific Female Artist for her EP 'Time and Space'. She gave a heartfelt speech, acknowledging the support or her family and friends, and especially her husband who stood next to her on stage.

“Half of this award belongs to him, well most of it really.”

It's been a huge year for Kalolo after a tour of the US with Aaradhna and sharing the stage with the legendary Chaka Kahn.

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