George Veikoso

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George "Fiji" Veikoso
Birth name George Brooks Veikoso
Also known as FIJI, George FIJI
Born (1970-05-10) May 10, 1970 (age 48)
Fiji
Origin Tailevu, Fiji Islands
Genres Reggae, world, R&B, ska, jazz, Hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, vocalist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Indigenous Alliance
Associated acts J Boog, Drew Deezy, Tenelle, Pia Mia
Website fijitheartist.com

George "Fiji" Veikoso , born George Brooks Veikoso (May 10, 1970) is a Fijian classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz vocalist, songwriter, music producer and occasional actor. He was born in Fiji but raised in Hawaii.[1]

Early life[edit]

His first professional singing appearance earned him $5 from the audience. He liked singing in the church as a kid. He credits 3 relatives for helping him reach his goals which includes his uncle, Isireli Racule who worked on Elvis Presley's, Drums of the Islands, his other uncle and Fijian jazz star, Sakiusa Bulicokocoko and Paul Stevens. He joined Fijian band Rootstrata in 1987 but left the same year for Hawaii due to the 1987 Fijian coups d'état.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1998 he won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Male Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year.[3]

He has earned numerous other industry accolades and awards “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” and “People's Choice Award”. FIJI's collaboration on the "Island Warriors" compilation album earned a Grammy-nomination for Best Reggae Album.[4]

Fiji also co-wrote and sang the season 11 theme-song "Let Me Be the One"with Glenn Medeiros for the TV show, Baywatch and he has acted in the 2002, surfer film Blue Crush.[5]

He has produced and released many albums during his career such as “Evolution” and “Born and Raised” to name a few. One of his all time and most popular songs is “Lia”.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amrit, Ajay (12 April 2015). "George Fiji Veikoso, A Fiji Legend". Fiji Sun. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fiji's got it, and more, including a Hoku and a new CD". Star Bulletin. 29 June 1999. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Berger, John. Billboards 12 May 2001. 
  4. ^ "Reggae album from Hawaii is Grammy finalist". 5 January 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Blue Crush cast". TV Guide. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Amrit, Ajay (12 April 2015). "George Fiji Veikoso, A Fiji Legend". Fiji Sun. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

George Veikoso on IMDb