- When: 8th Mar 2:30pm
- Where: Carrara Park Jazz Picnic
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Rosita Vai rose to prominence as the winner of NZ Idol 2005.
Born in Wellington and of Samoan descent she embarks on a journey of her own – one with a soulful tune, and sultry tones that will make you fall in love again. Nominated in 2006 for Best Female Artist at the Pacific Music Awards; Tui award winner for Best Selling Single in 2006 for the Number 1 hit ‘All I Ask’.
Her debut album ‘Golden’ was also a top 20 success. And the growth of her sound has engaged various crowds singing along side some of the very best, Dame Malvina Major, Ben Makisi, Sir Howard Morrison, Bella Kalolo, Che Fu and Scribe; which has drawn the interest to who is ‘Rosita Vai’. Attracting not only young audiences but of all ages, the variety of her instrument shares a charisma and fascinations for the arts.
She was the voice of the 2007 South Pacific Games, performing the acclaimed theme song ‘Live the Dream’ by Igelese Ete. In 2008 bewildered the audience at Vector Arena, for Style Pacifika. Rosita graced the stage with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra 2008 singing power house ballads.
In 2009 she mesmerized a packed audience with her band at the Botanical Gardens in Wellington as part of the ASB Magic Concert series.
She has recorded a few voice over’s for several movie projects and released a song on Isaac Aisili’s album ‘EYE SEE’. Featuring also on gospel album volume 1 ‘According to the Gospel’ with other artists: Lapi Mariner, Spacifix and Cydel.
She gave a breathless performance in Igelese Ete’s masterpiece ‘Malaga’ with rnb pop artist Vince Harder and again in ‘Sina Oe’ with Mobil Song quest winner Aivale Cole.
Rosita recently was part of the ‘Samoan Jazz Divas’ which undoubtedly speaks of how vibrant and colourful her instrument is. And this year 2012 her debut acting role came when she starred as a stepsister in the funny and quirky play ‘SINARELLA’ brought to you by Auckland Theatre Company and PIPA – a fresh playful version of Cinderella which was a sold out success.
This was followed up with Little Shop of Horrors where she played Chiffon, one of the three aliens that act as a Greek chorus also produced by Auckland Theatre company.
Currently Rosita is generating enticing new songs. Inspired by the truths of life, unconditional love, to never give up, her faith and being a woman, her songs convey her journey. She promises to create a lot more soul and individuality to her up and coming album.
She endeavors to pursue her dream of being an international voice that will change lives with her music. An inspiring young New Zealand woman who combines her classical training with her Polynesian heritage and individual and unique sound; but also encouraging young people of the importance of identity and being yourself.