Michelle Rounds

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Michelle Rounds
Michelle Rounds jazz vocalist.jpg
Background information
Born (1962-04-29) 29 April 1962 (age 58)
Years active1990–present
LabelsCumquat, Mangrove, PI Inc.

Michelle Rounds (29 April 1962) is a jazz singer, songwriter, and teacher from Australia.

Early life[edit]

The eldest daughter of five children, Rounds was born in Sydney Australia. Her father was an architect who sang and played guitar. Her grandmother sang, played several instruments, and was in the first all female band in Suva, Fiji in the early 1940s.[1] Her family moved to Fiji when she was 11.


Rounds is a scat singer who has released several albums.[2] and is a supporter of using native language and dialect. On Let Me See Now in 2005 she collaborated with the Japanese band Steal & Shorty.[3] In 2014 she released Time & Space, recorded with Egyptian Lil.garhy, who raps in Arabic and at the time of recording was 17 years old. In 1998 she won a Te Reo Award from TVNZ for her version of the Fijian "Era Bini Tu". This award is given to people who use indigenous languages in their music.

She regularly works with Nabil Khemir, Cesar Mora, and in the Australasia region with Tom Mawi.[4]

She has been performing in Cairo, Egypt since 2009[5] and has performed at the Cairo Opera House, Kempinski Nile Hotel,[6] El Sawy Culturewheel,[7] and is a regular performer at Cairo Jazz Club.[8] In 2014, she began giving vocal training to Egyptian children and adults.


  • Te Reo Award – New Zealand from TVNZ for Keeping It Real (Pacific National Volume 1) (1998)
  • Vakalutuivoce Award – Fijian music award from FPRA (FPRA was established under the guidance of APRA) 1996 – Best Album (Draw Blood) and Best Female Artist.[9]


  • Draw Blood (1994)
  • Contrasts (1996)
  • A Matcha Chocolate Love Adventure (2005)
  • Coffee Time Jazz (2005)
  • Autumn Leaves (Spectra, 2010)
  • Michelle Rounds and Her Amazing Friends (2013)


  1. ^ Chaudhary, Felix (2014). "Music was the norm". The Fiji Times Online. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Discography". Michelle Rounds. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Let Me See Now". You Tube. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ Finnegan, Ruth. Music Reflections. p. 311. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ Bainimarama, Rear Admiral J.V. "Speech at the Fiji Performing Rights Association Music Awards 2014". The Fijian Government. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  6. ^ Diack, Hilary (2012). "Jazzing Cairo Up: Michelle Rounds at Kempinski Nile Hotel's Jazz Bar". Cairo West. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Amro Salah Jazz Trio ft Michelle Rounds". Cairo Scene. 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Cairo Jazz Club". Cairo Jazz Club. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  9. ^ The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002. Psychology Press. 2002. p. 441. Retrieved 21 July 2015.

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