MUSIC DANCE THEATRE DESIGN
Ocean and Life inspired Samuela Konusi Taukave also known as Skillz FJ, is from an island in the Pacific called ROTUMA, Fiji. He had migrated here to the coast from Fiji in 2020 with his beautiful wife to welcome their newborn son Samuela(Jnr) in December of that year. Nowadays, you’ll be able to find him gigging every week as well as running workshops between Noosa and Brisbane as well as online, either hosting Concerts or just the casual jamming LIVE to his fellow patrons.
He was first introduced to the arts industry through hip hop and street dancing as a Bboy while still in secondary level education at Marist Brothers High in Suva, Fiji. After completing Form Seven (Y12), he enrolled at the University of the South Pacific studying Chemistry, Physics and Biology. It was only a few months after, realising his love for arts and music, that he began his full time journey as a Performing Artist.
In the 1st 12 years of pursuing his dream, Skillz had been with Rako Pasefika as one of the key musicians, dancers, visual artist and slam poet stars. Skillz alongside his co artists, scooped 4 Fiji Performing Rights Association Awards for International Recognition, Song of the Year, English Song of the Year and New Artist of that Year.
“My passion for the arts is something I will continue to communicate, pass down and encourage with one and all because life is only lived once, and should be lived without regrets......”
I'm super stoked and excited to share with you my stories and journey as an artist and newly wedded Husband to my beautiful wife Litia and our baby boy Samuela Jnr. So whenever you are ready, please free free to take a look around and if interested book an online class , buy a Tēfui Logo Tee, or get in touch via the contact form for performance enquiries and collaborations.
Alalum ma hanis ti'pauof ......................... Faiakse'ea
(Blessings upon you with much Love ....... Thank you)
- Toowoomba Busking Festival Winner
- ANBC Noosa Busking Championship
Special Judges Award
- Eumundi Brewery Fuel Your Passion Campaign
Runner up Winner
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Samuela Konusi Taukave also known as SKILLZ, has been with Rako Pasefika since 2009 as a key musician, dancer, visual artist and writer.
As part of the Rako team Skillz has performed at festivals and conducted Music/Dance/Culture/Heritage workshops around the world. Including the Byron Bay Blues Festival (AU), Woodford Folk Festival (AU), Quandamooka Festival (AU), Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (Guam), COP24 (POLAND), COP25 (SPAIN), Global Action Summit (SAN FRAN) and many more.
Skillz was also one of the key artists on Rako's album MAMA HANUA (2016), which scooped 4 Fiji Performing Rights Association awards for International Recognition, Song of the Year, English Song of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
PERFORMANCES with RAKO PASEFIKA
PERFORMANCES with LYFSTYLE
-King Kapisi Concert opening
-Sean Kingston Concert Opening
-Founder of Hip Hop Dance Group Troop 10, Fiji
l- Ipswich Show Circus
|- Commonwealth Day Celebrations in Brisbane.
|- Childrens Festival Workshop, Sunshine Beach
|- Bush Time Workshops, Woodford
· Rako Pasefika Concert, Sydney Opera House, Australia
· Rako Pasefika Concert, Holiday Inn Paramatta, Sydney, Australia
· BluesFest, Byron Bay, Australia
· Natives Go Wild Sydney Opera House
· Pacific Dance Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
· Global Action Climate Summit, San Francisco, United States of America.
· COP 24, Climate Change event, Katowice, Poland
· Rako Pasefika Concert
· WOWS Kids Laughing Samoans Opening
· Crest Cool for School Kids Workshop
· World Hockey Tournament Opening
· Talanoa Vaka
· Epeli Hauofa Dance Festival
· Uprising Music Festival
· Miss World Pageant Performance
· Indonesian Arts and Culture Scholarship 3 month Program
· Boomerang Festival Byron bay Australia
· Common Kings Opening Concert
· World Supermodel Pageant
· Contemporary Dance workshop Brisbane
· South Pacific Food and Wine Festival
· Kula Film Dance Workshop
· Te Mana O Te Moana Vaka Arrival
· World Super Model Pageant Performance
· FBCL Concert of Hope
· Uprising Jim Beam Festival
· Woodford Folk Festival Brisbane Australia
· Conservatorium of Music
· Dreaming Festival in Australia
· Melanesian Arts Festival in New Caledonia
· Joined Rako Pasefika
· Juju Connections Fundraiser Dinner, Santa Rosa, California, United States of America.
· Graduation Dinner in San Francisco, California, United States of America.
· Rotuma Day Celebrations in Santa Rosa, California, United States of America.
· Dateline Transam Anniversary Celebrations, Nukualofa, Tonga.
· Walking with Spirits Festival in Beswick, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
· Bronccos Vs BullDogs Cocktail Events, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia.
· Quandamooka Festival in Winnam, Brisbane, Australia.
· Quandamooka Festival in Stradbroke Island, Australia.
· Ethno Australia, Paradise One, Australia.· Mullum Music Festival, Australia.
· Byron Bay Bluesfest and Boomerang Festival.
· Pacific Arts Festival, Guam.
· Pacific Oceans Summit and World Parks Congress in Oahu, Hawaii.
· Rako Album, MamaHanua – 4 FPRA Awards including Song of the Year and International Achievement Award
· Mua Voyage Vaka Arrival Opening Darling Harbour
· World Parks Congress Olympic Park
· Oceania Festival Darling Harbour
· Planet Festival Olympic Park
· Rako Pasefika Workshop
· World Parks Congress Closing Ceremony
· Homeground Festival Opera House
· Fiji Fashion Week Ball
· ANOC Gala Awards Dinner in Washington DC, United States of America.· Mahina Arts Festival, Nukualofa, Tonga
PERFORMANCES with TROOP 10
- Released 1st Music Album with the group Lyfstyle
-Composed and released Hit Single titled "Soup Tavioka".