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Tributes continue for Samoa's "king of reggae"

16 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

Tributes continue to flow from Pacific musicians and artists for Samoan musician Ma'ilo Ben Vai who passed away this week after battling cancer.

Ma'ilo Ben Vai. 

The 45-year-old was dubbed as Samoa's 'King of Reggae' whose recent work was alongside Jamoa Jam's Lapi Mariner and international reggae artist Fiji.  

Co-founder of Dawn Raid Entertainment, Brother D, had this to say:

"You've been a wonderful ambassador for our young people and just our musicians in general."

Gospel singer TJ Taotua also remembers Ma'ilo as a great mentor.

"I remember that time we met when I was gigging in Samoa, he really embraced me as a younger brother and introduced me to some of the industry people in Samoa."

The 45-year-old Ma'ilo passed away at Auckland Hospital on Monday night.

His family took to social media to thank the community for their love and support.

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