Oceanic RnB Soul Group
Oceanic RnB Soul group Nesian Blue carry the spirit and rhythm of the islands with church and culture firmly in their foundation. Connecting their motherlands Tonga and Samoa, they were all born in Aotearoa and are among the exciting new generation of young emerging Pasifika artists creating on Yorta Yorta land.
A strong mutual love for music, family and inspired by community, they all started singing in highschool together landing their first performance at Pasifika Fest 2021. Also featuring at the upcoming Converge Festival in Shepparton, Nesian Blue are determined to share their god-given gifts to achieve greatness and bring pride to their Pasifika communities.
Rich layered voices flanked with soaring harmonies, powerful and meaningful lyrics with soulful piano and gospel stylings, Nesian Blue will draw you in gently and squeeze your heart.
Nesian Blue have contributed to the Duniya Behter Project to write a song called ‘Can We Talk’ about their experience through COVID lockdowns. “We wanted to express what mental health meant to us as Polynesians. We understand traditions and expectations which play a part in our mental health. During covid, our mental health was affected badly, but there was one thing that kept us thriving, and that was God. Through God we overcame our struggles and all we had to do was call out. All we had to do was talk to him, ask for his guidance and that's exactly what we got. He answered our prayers. This song gives us strength in whatever we do. It helps us remember that in tough times we can always turn to God.”
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.