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MIT Masterclass with VPMA Artists Siavani & Mal Lakatani

25 Jul 2017

Date:  Tuesday 25 July
Venue:  Pasifika Community Centre
Address:  MIT North Campus, Gate 12, 53 Otara Road, Otara
Time:  6 – 8pm

Siavani and Mal Lakatani work across the board in music, as independent artists, songwriters, mentors and performers.

Presented by MIT and the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards, this masterclass provides the rare opportunity to hear direct from these two artists – who will share their experience and advice on navigating the music industry and a career in music.  They will talk about their own creative processes, both for songwriting and recording, as well as sharing the work they do as professional music artists.

There will be time to ask questions from Siavani and Mal – and both of them will perform a few songs on the night as well. 

This is a free event and light refreshments will be provided.  We hope you can join us.

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SIAVANI is most well known as a music artist, songwriter, producer and music mentor.   As one half of the duo Cydel, Siavani has been releasing music for over 20 years.  They are known for their one of a kind vocals and undeniable unique sound.  With Cydel, Siavani is a Vodafone Pacific Music Award winner first in 2008 for their long-awaited debut album "Soul Finder" and then they were the big winners in 2015, winning Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Pacific Group and the Tui/NZ Music Award for Best Pacific Music Album for their album ‘Memoirs of a Midnight Cowboy’.

Strongly independent, Siavani consistently creates and music is at the core of what he does.  In between Cydel albums, Siavani released a solo album project, and has mentored artists such as GiantKilla, 3BChill and Zacnon, through the GrooveHouse movement and record label.

In recent years, he has extended his repertoire of skills to behind the camera, producing music videos for the Groovehouse artists and content for Groovehouse TV.  He has also written, directed and produced a film Groove City, along with his Groovehouse team.


MAL LAKATANI is one of the most hard working musicians and artists in the local industry.  His work includes being a professional musician, a high school music teacher, the Director of the Creative Souls Project, and he is also an independent artist releasing his own original songs. 

Through the Creative Souls Project, which is a social enterprise working in the community to develop the potential of young people through the arts, Mal mentors artists and teaches music.  Mal is a very active musician and has gigged consistently in the covers scene.   Over the years he has been in a number of high profile bands including Te Vaka, Che Fu & the Krates, and Daylight Robbery with David Dallas.

Mal’s debut EP Quote Unquote, confirmed him as a finalist at the 2010 Pacific Music Awards, for three categories.  He has always been passionate about Niuean music and two of his most renowned releases are the Niuean songs, “Nukututaha” and “Fiti Lagakali”, with the second release confirming Mal as a finalist for the 2016 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards, for the Best Pacific Song and Best Language award categories.