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Pacific Music Awards announces Queen Salote Tupou III to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/05/2019

Her Majesty Queen Salote Tupou III will posthumously receive the Manukau Institute of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Pacific Music Awards this week. The Pacific Music Awards Trust made the announcement in a press release yesterday acknowledging Her Majesty Queen Salote’s huge contribution to the preservation and creative use of the Tongan language and recognises her as a celebrated writer of poetry and song.

A gifted composer of Tongan Music Her Majesty Queen Salote expressed love, loss and culture in her work. She composed over one hundred songs, lullabies, laments and dances.

One of her compositions – Siueli ‘o e Pasifiki – Jewel of the Pacific, performed here by the Fuiva ‘o Fangatapu – was an ode to her home country. When the Queen visited other Pacific nations during her royal visits she found these islands beautiful but nothing really compared to Tonga, her Pacific jewel.

Today, her compositions of Tongan music continue to inspire a new generation, now aware of our rich past and to our shared futures. Her Majesty Queen Salote’s music is played all over the world by string bands and well-known artists; her legacy lives on through her music and poetry.

Her Royal Higness Princess ‘Ofeina ‘e he Langi Fakafanua, grandchild of the late Queen Salote, will be accepting the award at the 15th Pacific Music Awards on Thursday 23 May 2019.

There will be a special tribute performance to the late Queen Salote on the night, which is a collaboration by Rewaken, John Pulu, Tongan Creatives and Lomipeau Aotearoa.

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