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Vanessa Quai


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Vanessa Diandra Sally Ann Kiristiana Quai, better known as Vanessa Quai, born July 13, 1988 in Port Vila, is a ni-Vanuatu singer.

She recorded her first album, To Aitape With Love (recorded at Vanuata Production, produced at Pacific Gold Studio), as a child singer, aged 9, in 1998. In 1999, she was one of 3000 competitors at the South Pacific International Song contest held in Gold Coast, Queensland, and was the only child competitor. She won third prize in the Gospel/Inspirational Category. Later that same year, she took first prize at the Nile International Children Song Contest, in Cairo. 1999 was the year she “hit the international music scene”, according to the Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire.

Quai’s second, third and fourth albums -Beautiful Pacific Islands, The Untouched Paradise and Pacifika- were released between 2000 and 2003. In 2004, her album Promise was a cooperation with Papua New Guinean group Soul Harmony, and was described as bearing a strong “R&B flavour”.

In 2004, she won first prize at the International Teenagers Singing Competition, in Bucharest, with a jury presided over by Lane Davies.

Pacific Islands Radio describes her music as being primarily gospel songs, but also “rang from traditional to modern music”. The Papua New Guinea Post-Courier describes her music as gospel music, “mixed with slow ballads, R‘n’B, hip hop and South Pacific flavour”, and notes that she sings in “many languages”, including Tok Pisin and Motu. In 2002, her song “Freedom” topped the radio charts in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, and ranked second on the charts in Papua New Guinea. Quai’s mother is Fijian, and she also sings in Fijian.

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