Late businessman unites Samoan overseas artists in concert

The artists line up for tomorrows concert

By Tulifau Auvaa

APIA: THURSDAY 28TH AUGUST 2014: Raymond Fruean may be gone from this world but his spirit lives in the hearts of the people he used to bring together in past concerts and will again sing in his memory tomorrow night at the “Ray Of Hope Concert”.

Talents such as Aaradhna, Scribe, Savage, Monsta, Pieter T, Sammy Johnson, Vince Harder and MZJ (Julie Ta’ale) will be performing not only in memory of Ray but for the establishment of the maternity wing at the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) House of Hope at Tuanaimato.

Ray played a key role in promoting pacific talents in the entertainment industry and tomorrow they want to pay tribute to him.

In a press conference this morning, the artists told the media how much they miss Ray.

Funds collected from the concert will be allocated to the building of a maternity wing for those seeking refuge at the Samoa Victim Support Group.

Digicel the major sponsor of the concert has already succeeded in including the concert in the Teuila festival programme.

The artists who have Samoan blood connection are from Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.

“Digicel identified the SVSG maternity shelter as a suitable and fitting project to direct the Ray of Hope funds to,” said Pepe Christian Fruean, Chief Executive Officer of Digicel.

“The event focused on bringing hope to the lives of one of the most devastated segments of the local community, the young women and children who are victims of sexual violence,” said Pepe.

“We are here to contribute the “ray of hope” gift as part of Ray’s vision to the development of young talents” said Bro. D.

Ray was a strong advocate for Pacific island artists and music.

The Ray of Hope Concert will be held tomorrow 29th August 2014 at the Funway Park, Matautu, Apia.

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