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The dancing and songs of Fiji

January 28, 2012

A half dozen singers and dancers from Fiji’s Conservancy of Music are performing at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the lively exhibit was drawing healthy crowds and serving the traditional kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the root of the pepper tree. In Fiji, it¿s used as medicine, and also to mark important occasions, such as weddings, or a new tribal chief.Also, ask about a “tapa, a piece of Fijian artwork. Free samples were being given away at the booth as supplies last.In the meantime, the Conservancy of Music performers were enchanting audiences of 20 to 30 on Saturday afternoon, when the show was at its busiest.The Fiji booth is easy to find, located right next to the show¿s climbing wall. Or, just listen for the drums.

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