One of Fiji’s biggest bands, Black Rose has today released the new official Fiji Water Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup song called Drua I Valu.
Black Rose lead singer, Jim Ratusila says they have been to many concerts and performed on big stages but in his heart, he knows there is still one more thing that he needed to do and he is really grateful and honoured to do the official song for Fiji Rugby.
Ratusila says the song is based on the twins on the Fiji Coat of Arms and also its bloodline entrenched in the Fijian race.
He says he was actually writing about his ancestors but he has always wanted to do this for Fiji rugby for a very long time because he has a passion for Fiji rugby and for Fiji as a whole.
He adds it is also because Black Rose has represented Fiji in four Pacific Arts festivals, three Melanesian Arts festivals, the Commonwealth Games Festival and the Moroccan Festival. Ratusila says it is an amazing track done by the band and the whole composition of it is based on just the whole Pacific way which is love, happiness and excelling in everything.
He further says it depends on what sort of lyrics, the music and the style of music that you put out and what message you are trying to convey to the people, whether you want to bring them hope or you want to make them feel good and feel proud and give them a sense of pride, from where they come from.
Ratusila says those are the elements they have put together in this track and it is just to be patriotic for Fiji.
Fiji Rugby Administrator Simione Valenitabua says one of the reasons that the Flying Fijians decided to take their preparation to Taveuni during the start of their RWC preparation was to reconnect with the people.
He says even though they are from different villages and provinces in Fiji, it was to get the players to reconnect and remind them that they are going to war in the Rugby World Cup, and they are the ambassadors of the country.
Valenitabua says there is a powerful message behind the song and there are two strong mediums that can make or break a nation and that is rugby and music.
He says the combination of the two has motivated not only the players but the regions, races and all colours to come together and unite behind the Flying Fijians.
Valenitabua says the boys are ready to go, and this music is a boost for them.
You can check out the music video of the official Flying Fijians song, Drua I Valu, on our website and facebook page, fijivillage.
The Flying Fijians will play their first RWC game against Wales at 7am next Monday in Bordeaux.
The RWC kicks off this Saturday with host France taking on the All Blacks at 7.15am in Paris.
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