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Jul 03

Mavis Rivers

QUICK FACTS:

NAME: Mavis Rivers

A.K.A:

BIRTH DATE: May 19, 1929

PLACE OF BIRTH: Apia, Samoa

EDUCATION: Recipient of a scholarship to BYU in Provo, Utah.

 

KNOWN FOR: Jazz singer

VILLAGES IN SAMOA: Apia

 

SHORT BIO / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 1949 – Mavis recorded her first 78 rpm record with TANZA label. Rivers went on to record over 40 songs as a soloist, in duets and as a guest singer with many popular bands of that era.
  • Mavis later recorded with another iconic New Zealand record label in the music industry, Zodiac.
  • Rivers also appeared on ‘The Steven Allen’ show and other television programmes.
  • First Samoan Jazz singer in the world
  • First Samoan and Pacific Islander to be signed to Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label
  • First Samoan and Pacific Islander to record with iconic TANZA and Zodiac labels in New Zealand
  • Performed in the Royal Variety show for Queen Elizabeth II
  • Performed at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Performed at the Jazz and Blues festival in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards
  • Frank Sinatra is said to have described her as the ‘purest voice’ in jazz, comparing her to Ella Fitzgerald

 

 

 

 

 

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