Matt Catingub and Mavis Rivers Tribute Band welcomed in Ava Ceremony

PHOTO: Award winning musician and composer, La’auli Matt Catingub accepting his Ava during a welcome ceremony this afternoon.

By Staff Reporters

APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 07 NOEMBER 2018: Award winning musician and son of the late jazz legend, Mavis Chloe Rivers was welcomed in an Ava Ceremony shortly after he arrived in Samoa this afternoon.

La’auli Matt Catingub and the Mavis Rivers Tribute Band will be performing a tribute concert to the late Mavis Rivers (1929-1992) who Frank Sinatra once referred to as the purest voice in jazz and was known in her life as “Polynesia’s First Lady of Song”.

Mavis was born in Apia, Samoa, and first gained recognition as a singer in her father Moody Rivers Band.  When the Samoan band relocated to Pago Pago and performed at the US military during WWII, Mavis was known as “the singing mascot” of the American troops. Her voice was transmitted across the Pacific on short-wave radio.

She later moved to live in New Zealand, where she gained recognition as a jazz singer.

Mavis Chloe Rivers (1929-1992)

She made the United States herhome in her last years. She was not as widely known among younger Samoans in the States although she made a name for herself in the world of jazz as a recording artist in the 1950s and 1960s. She signed with Capitol Records in Hollywood and the record company was proud to feature her stunning vocals and brave arrangements.

The special tribute concert to honour Mavis Rivers achievements in music will be at the Taumeasina Resort on Saturday evening, 10 November.

Her son, La’auli Matt Catingub a Grammy Award Winning musician and composer in his own right, will lead the tribute to bring her mothers’ memory back home. The concert will be opened by the US Air Force Band of the Pacific 7-piece Jazz Ensemble, Papana.

Rounding out the sextet are three musicians from the United States – Steve Moretti, Kevin Axt and Christina Sousa along with two musicians from New Zealand – Mike Booth and Andrew Hall.

Other performances on the weekend will include the opening concert at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Friday 9 November, and jazz on the beach at Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa on Sunday afternoon, 11 November.