The popular choral group established last year by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Solomon Voices will once again perform at the 2014 Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards Gala Night scheduled for Saturday 30th August at the Heritage Park Hotel’s A’Hara Conference Centre.
Since the SI BEA Gala event of March 2013, Solomon Voices has continued to gain popularity, performing for the Temotu tsunami dundraising, the Miss Solomon Islands pageant show and the first regional event, the Miss South Pacific pageant show.
The group, being groomed by well-known Pacific Choir Master, Igelese Ete of Samoa, and assistant Jolame Cagi of Fiji, were recently joined by more than 200 young voices from schools around Honiara for the first ever Solomon Islands high school choral festival which took place at the National Museum Auditorium from 7-10 July 2014.
The choir master’s team for this choral festival also included three additional team members from Fiji to ensure that this inaugural event engaging high school students was a most successful and unforgettable one.
SICCI is very pleased that great voice and performing talent came out of the school students and Solomon Voices youths during the choral fest.
The choral festival coincided with a number of regional meetings hosted in Honiara during the same week, which enabled Solomon Voices to perform for its second regional audience.
The regional meetings included the Private Sector Dialogue and the Forum Economic Officials Meeting that took place from 7-8 July, followed by the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting on 9th July.
Solomon Voices had the privilege to perform at a couple of the evening events, joined by some of the students that performed at the high school choral festival.
“Solomon Voices is now an independent group, registered as a small business enterprise, to provide entertainment for special events, and one of these is the up-coming Solomon Islands Business Excellence Awards,” said Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Tengemoana.
Fijian Jolame Cagi who takes care of the music and choreography of the group in Ete’s absence, says the group has moved so fast, and gained so much popularity within just one year.
He gives credit to the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce for taking the lead in engaging business houses from its membership to sponsor the group.
Solomon Telekom for instance was the major sponsor of the recent High School Choral Festival while other substantial support were also received from some members and affiliate members including Advanced Technology, Tropical Glass and Aluminum (TGA), Tongs Corporation, University of the South Pacific, SI National University, Carls Robin Construction and Trade Transformation Construction (TTC), as well as Pasifika Events and Pasifika Voices.
The 2014 Business Excellence Awards Gala Night at the end of August will be giving recognition and prestige to businesses and Civil Society Organizations for excellence in 9 different categories with a tenth (10th) award being the Judge’s choice for the Prime Minister’s Award for ‘Business of the Year’.
Organizations and individuals wanting to bid for these prestigious awards should contact Nancy Kwalea on 39542 or mobile 7623188 for briefing appointments, or collect entry forms from the SICCI office, Suite 223, Level 1, Hyundai Mall.
Entry forms can also be downloaded from SICCI’s website, at www.solomonchamber.com.sb.