Solomon Islands very own Jeremy Saeni, known by his stage-name ‘Jaro Local’ has won the “Best International Pacific Artist” with his hit song ‘Daki Ni Tangarareh’ at the Pacific Music Awards in New Zealand.
Jaro local is also the son of legendary Solomon Islands musician, Sharzy, who was one of the Pacific region’s top musician in the late 90’s and early 2000s.
He is the first artist from Solomon Islands to have won in the 15-year history of the awards, and this is also the first time a Solomon Islands artist has won a major international award, or recognition, for their music.
Jaro Local also performed his international hit song ‘Daki ni Tangarareh, and Half Malaita’ during the awards ceremony.
Previous winners of the “Best International Pacific Artist” award include major Pacific island music stars like Common Kings, J Boog and Fiji.
Speaking upon receiving his award on stage, he thanked his fans for following his music, and paid tribute to his mother, who passed away last year.
“I would just like to thank papa God for the talent he has given us to share and touch people’s lives all throughout the Pacific, and around the world” he said.
“To my people back home in the Solomons, and people around the pacific, thanks for supporting my music, and thanks for vibing to it man.”
In 2016, Jaro Local went solo and reached new musical heights – winning Rookie of the Year, Song of the Year and South Pacific Artist of the Year awards at the PNG FM Music Awards in 2017.
He has performed sold out tours in PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand, and his hit song “Daki ni Tangarareh” became a smash hit across the Pacific and New Zealand hitting four million streams on YouTube and recently was selected to be play listed on the number 1 most popular Hawai’ian Reggae playlist on Spotify.