Samoan opera students sign UK deal
Decca Records launched new signings Sole Mio last night at The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street.
Journalists and music insiders caught the first UK performance of this bright new operatic trio.
Made up of two tenor brothers, Pene and Amitai Pati, and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay, Sol3 Mio is the combination of three powerful operatic voices, and a dash of irrepressible Samoan humour.
The Samoan New Zealand trio are very quickly establishing an international reputation. Their album reached 5 x Platinum sales in just 6 weeks in New Zealand, making it the biggest-selling album of last year and overtaking New Zealand's biggest musical export of 2013, Lorde. Sol3 Mio also kept One Direction and Susan Boyle off their usual No.1 position in the charts.
From modest but solid beginnings, their families moved from Samoa to seek a better life in New Zealand making sacrifices in the process, as well as finding value in music, choirs, hard work and an ability to see the absurdity in life. Their gift for entertainment was obvious from a young age; as children, the brothers gave weekly performances in rest homes to the delight of the residents.