Benjamin Fifita Makisi was born in Wellington NZ and is of Tongan and Samoan descent. He began singing at a young age with the Tongan Wesley Methodist Church choir in Wellington. He graduated with a Master of Performance (Opera) with High Distinction from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from Victoria University of Wellington. He also received his tutoring in New York, London and Italy.
He has performed alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and has performed with Dame Malvina Major, Sir Donald McIntyre and the Late Sir Howard Morrison. He had also sung for the State funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary broadcasted all around the world.
Benjamin has also travelled extensively and performed in concerts in New York, London, Tuscany, Barcelona, London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Pacific Islands. He and his wife Maina are now based in the United Kingdom.
Benjamin has been dubbed as "The Polynesian Pavarotti" and "The Tenor of the Pacific!"
GAFA ARTS Collective GAC London presents..
PACIFIC VOICES LONDON
BEN MAKISI Tenor, special guest.
AIVALE COLE. Soprano extraordinaire
& the talented GAC luminaries:
Louise Callinan,Rosanna Raymond, Courtney Sina Meredith, Simon Eastwood, Kathryn Bolitho, Sani Muliaumaseali’i & the Gafa Arts Collective.
MAY 19 7:00pm Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3 5EE
Tickets are priced at £30, £20 & £15 (concession) & available from:
All proceeds to the Gafa Arts Collective, for the promotion & development of Samoan & Pacific Art,Artists,language & Culture in the UK.
"My gift of voice is my Blessing from God. It is my craft, my talent, my passion.
All my success belongs to Him. All Glory, Praise and Honour is His.
I am Blessed to be a Blessing. Amen!"