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In conversation with Solomon Islands singer Charles Maimarosia

In conversation with Solomon Islands singer Charles Maimarosia

Celebrated Soloman Islander Charles Maimarosia looks back on his musical inspirations and process ahead of his performance at Melbourne Recital Centre. 

Effortlessly weaving elements of folk, world music, and contemporary pop, Maimarosia’s music crafts a distinct sonic landscape that is both accessible and deeply expressive. Captivating audiences with his skilful guitar playing and soulful vocals, Maimarosia’s lyrics explore themes of love, identity, and the beauty of nature. Seamlessly incorporating traditional Solomon Islands sounds and rhythms, he embraces traditional instruments like the pan flutes, bamboo percussion, and guitar, infusing his compositions with a unique cultural flavour.

We spoke with Charles about some of the music that shaped the curation of this special performance ahead of his appearance in the Primrose Potter Salon.

In the world of music, there are countless inspiring songs and artists, each with their own unique stories and messages. However, amidst this vast array of musical treasures, certain songs possess an enduring quality, captivating listeners with their special and touching qualities. Now, I'd like us to focus on five such songs that I listen to and never get tired of, because each song has something special, touching, and very true about them.

Charles Maimarosia

'Imagine' by John Lennon – this song invites listeners to envision a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality, which has inspired countless listeners to think more deeply about peace, unity, and coexistence.

'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong – with its serene melody and hopeful lyrics, this song reminds people to appreciate the beauty in the simple things in life, despite the world’s many problems.

'Heroes' by David Bowie – an anthem of resilience and determination, 'Heroes' inspires listeners to overcome obstacles and push through challenges, no matter how insurmountable they seem.

'Beautiful Day' by U2 – this song encourages optimism and finding beauty in everyday life, even when things aren't going perfectly. It's a call to not let the troubles of life diminish the appreciation of living.

'I Will Survive' by Gloria Gaynor – a timeless anthem of resilience and empowerment, this song, performed by the iconic LGBTQIA+ artist Gloria Gaynor, has become synonymous with overcoming adversity and standing strong in the face of challenges.

Don't miss Charles Maimarosia's performance in the Primrose Potter Salon on Saturday 18 May 7pm. Click here to book

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