Triggerfish, who have been visiting Tahiti since 2013, recently played as an opening act for US reggae R&B giants the Common Kings, who supported Justin Timberlake in Australia and New Zealand.
“So this is a huge promotion not only for TriggerFish, but for the potential of contemporary Cook Islands music”, says Motone director Glenda Tuaine.
Over the next 10 days Trigger Fish will play a variety of gigs in Papeete and will be joined by Beyond the Reef DJ Eddie Chambers this Friday to create a Cook Islands event at the Royal Tahitian.
Kura Happ and Maurice Newport will play in Papeete at various venues and music stores, with DJ Edilicious set to play certain clubs in Papeete under an arrangement with local promoter Vetea Ransbotyn.
“The strategy for Motone is to take artists and promote them to the regional and international market. Tahiti opens up opportunities for Cook Islands artists to develop their products to the Tahitian and French markets,” says Tuaine.
Co-director Newport says contemporary Cook Islands music is just as good as what is being produced overseas and needs to more support.
“The music and entertainment industry is as viable as all the other industries in the Cook Islands, but unfortunately it does not get much support and assistance. A lot of talk has been made about supporting the creative industries, but not much action has taken place.
“Our approach is to lead and eventually our government agencies will catch up.
“This tour puts the Cook Islands and our music in front of direct audiences with our closest neighbour, Tahiti.
It proves that our music, DJs and artists are international ”