Vanuatu Musical Group Wins 2016 Pacific Song Contest

'Spirit of Santo' takes top price in audience selected 'virtual stadium' contest

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Feb. 22, 2017) – Entering its fifth year with 17 songs from nine countries the Pacific Song Competition (PSC) was a true representation of Asia-Pacific’s diversity of song and culture.

PSC welcomes countries around the Pacific Ocean, from New Zealand and Australia in the south-west, up to Russia and Canada in the north and down to Ecuador and Chile in the south-east.

The aim of the competition is to give musicians and performers a world stage that they might otherwise, not be able to attain. The PSC final series takes place by Web-stream on a virtual stadium with the final in November each year. PSC allows anyone to enter the competition. There is no cost involved to enter.

In first place for 2016 “The Spirit of Santo” a collaboration of Santo’s Leweton Water Music Ladies, Ban Ban Bamboo Band, NCYC Youth Band and friends, their original composition touching the hearts of the international judges and public voters from all over the pacific.


Winning in many aspects, Spirit of Santo is a powerful collaboration, uniting community in song and celebration of the Island they all call home, Espiritu Santo Vanuatu.

What next for the group, on the wish list is Tourism info commercial to promote Santo featuring their original song and EP with three different versions, of the Spirit of Santo.

Second Place “Time Now” collaboration between Santo’s Reggae Roots Band, “26 Roots” and Melodownz Funk/Rapper from New Zealand who spent time with the band in Chapuis, drinking kava and creating music, a ghetto song with lots of funk.

Third Place, ‘Sombras’ (Spanish for “Shadows”), fuses elements from both Celtic and Native South American Mapuche culture with Rock and Folk melodies, instruments and harmonies. Trashumantes is a Chilean Folk Fusion band which mixes traditional instruments and rhythms from the Americas with Western melodies and styles.

Finalists cash prizes for 2016 1st 600.00AUD [US$460] 2nd 200.00AUD [US$153] and 3rd 100.00Aud [US$77] and Pacific Song Competition Trophy to display. Each year the prize money increases.

Entries from Australian, Chile, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Vanuatu and bigfala congratulations goes to Vanuatu the 2016 winners.

Good luck for next year to all countries that entered.

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Interested: search “Pacific Song Competition” on Face Book (please like the page) and Youtube.

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