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Kanuhura Maldives to host NYE celebrations with renowned saxophonist Ellie Sax



New Year’s Eve always seems to hold so much promise, but for many, it’s often nothing more than a total disappointment. It’s “meant” to be a celebration of things past and wonderful opportunities and experiences still to come, but, ultimately, there’s a lot of pressure on it to be the best night of the year.

Now, when was the last time you had a truly fantastic or memorable New Year’s Eve?

The good news is, this year, you could actually have the New Year’s Eve of your dreams — end off 2019 by indulging in a trip of a lifetime and have the most enviable New Year’s Eve ever at the magical gypset paradise of Kanuhura in the Maldives.

Situated in the Lhaviyani atoll in the heart of the destination, the pristine island of Kanuhura offers guests a sublime mix of excellent service, sublime experience, luxury comforts and chic, gypsy-esque design elements in the most outstanding tropical surrounds.

Here, along the golden shores of Kanuhura and the glittering cyan waters, you can enjoy an unforgettable festive season, with a “cruise ship” party on December 31, that will guide you into 2020 in style to the sounds of some very special music. This New Year’s Eve, Ellie Sax and Harry Lewis Meredith will be gracing the picture-perfect shores of Kanuhura to set the tone for an evening to remember.

Mitigate the chance for another New Year’s Eve let down and spend the last night of the decade at Kanuhura listening to the phenomenal sounds of Ellie Sax. Here’s what you need to know about this sublime performer.

She’s an esteemed saxophonist

Ellie is not just any musician, she’s a highly trained and talented saxophonist. Having graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England — and winning a few awards in the process — this now A-list performer can play everything from chilled beachside music to upbeat tunes to go with lively DJ tracks — she’s wonderfully versatile.

What’s especially exciting is that she will be performing on New Year’s Eve with her DJ husband, Harry, also known as Laser Boy Wonder. This is sure to be a performance to remember.

She’s performed at some of world’s most exclusive events

As a highly sought after saxophonist, Ellie has performed at some of the most exclusive events and parties around the world, not to mention high-end weddings!

She spent the year performing at Nikki Beach in Ibiza and Mallorca as well as in Italy, the UK, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Portugal, the Cote D’Azur, Sweden, Kenya, the US, the Maldives. She even played at the Ocean Beach SIN Sundays closing party in Ibiza.

She’s managed to travel the world, saxophone in hand, and delighting party-goers of every kind as she goes.

She’s worked with top artists

Being a Hedkandi artist, the UK-based record label owned by Ministry of Sound and known for their dance music compilations and specific artist albums, Ellie has been afforded the opportunity to play with other world-renowned artists and DJs from across the globe. From Alison Limerick, Karen Harding and Alesha Dixon to N Trance, Marvin Hulmes, Artful Dodger and Stonebridge and more.

By working with DJs and artists from all over, she has enhanced her live performances and amplified the dance music experience.

She’s not just a musician

Ellie has many titles: saxophonist, musician, blogger and influencer. She has an impressive following on both Instagram and Facebook and posts highlights of her life, travel experiences, glitzy performances and the beautiful people that are fortunate enough to enjoy them.

She’s known for her unique style

Ellie knows how to perform in style and has become increasingly well known for her incredible style; vivid colours, feathers, sequins, her iconic bejewelled hat and lots of sparkles. From her sensational talent and contagious energy to her amazing stage presence and glittering clothing, Ellie is sure to make your New Year’s Eve all the more special and unforgettable.

On December 31, don your cruise ship best, pick up a glass of champagne, dance barefoot on the beach and enjoy the fabulous live music and atmosphere set by Ellie under the Maldivan stars as you set sail into the new decade. This is bound to be a New Year’s Eve for the books.

Want to make sure you don’t miss out? Then book your spot at Kanuhura over the festive season and embrace a holiday of a lifetime.

Located at the heart of Lhaviyani atoll, one of the most spectacular Maldives atolls, Kanuhura is considered one of the most iconic barefoot beach resorts in the Indian Ocean. Part of the Mauritius-based hotel and leisure group Sun Resorts, Kanuhura hosted its first guest in 1999.

A USD42 million reimagining of the resort in 2016 has positioned it for the latest trend travellers have identified as Gypset; part gypsy in their drive for freedom and jetset, reflected in their wealth and craving for luxury living. The gypset muse of Kanuhura is Erin Wasson, famous top model and face representant of Maybelline.

The new rooms are luxury villas and suites with unusual elegance and furnished with natural materials with a touch of refinement and modernism. Whether you stay on the sunrise or sunset side of the island, you will be overwhelmed by the breathtaking view of the sea. The water villas have a private terrace with private access to the lagoon.

With its eight restaurants and three bars, Kanuhura will make you discover various cuisines from all over the world such as Italy, Brazil and the Maldives. The chef also provides interactive cookery demonstrations. Those looking for tranquility and well-being will be able to visit Kokaa, the wellness and spa centre for a unique sensual experience uplifting body and mind.


Legendary NYC DJ Bert Bevans takes up residency in Ifuru Island Maldives



Ifuru Island Maldives has just welcomed the legendary Bert Bevans as their in-house Resident DJ who will be spinning his tunes for the next 2 months on the island.

The Belize born DJ grew up in NYC where he moved to as a child and has spent a huge part of career playing in across the globe. He has DJ’ed in Playboy NY, Studio 54, Xenon’s, Pippins, Bonds, New York, New York, Le Circus, and has worked in promotions for Prelude Records New York before moving to London where he held residencies in Annabelle’s, Embassy Club, Xenon’s, and Camden Palace.

During his time in London, Bert joined Justin Berkmann & Humphrey Waterhouse to create “Ministry of Sound” where he was a resident DJ as well as was one of the pioneers of the music label “Ministry of Sound” He has also worked with a number of well known artists such as Kathy Brown, Sheree Hicks, Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and various others.

Forty years on and he continues to wow crowds worldwide with his sets of classics and bona fide house music. From Cafe Del Mar in Ibiza to Ministry in London, there’s nothing he likes more than to play extended sets up to 10 or 12 hours long.

“It’s about taking the dance floor on a journey,” he says.

Over the years, he’s collected over 30,000 records – and that dedication shows in his freewheeling sets and the connection he creates with audiences.

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Violinist Petar Markoski to host unforgettable musical performances tour in Sun Siyam Resorts



Established musician Petar Markoski, a talented violinist, singer, and songwriter from Ohrid, Macedonia, is set to perform at Sun Siyam Resorts in the Maldives from May 1st to May 15th, 2024, showcasing his captivating musical talents at Siyam World, Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, and Sun Siyam Olhuveli.

During his musical residency at Sun Siyam Resorts, Petar Markoski will mesmerize guests with his soulful performances, enriching the artistic ambiance and elevating the cultural experience. This unique musical immersion promises to captivate discerning travelers and aficionados of fine music. Additionally, Sun Siyam Olhuveli will host a special cocktail party alongside Markoski’s performance, celebrating World Cocktail Day on May 13th in style.

Petar Markoski’s musical talent has been evident since his early years, starting his career at the young age of 9. He has received praise, awards, and widespread recognition for his virtuosity on the violin, as well as his skills as a singer and songwriter.

His repertoire covers a wide range of genres, from classical masterpieces to contemporary pop and rock hits. Markoski’s ability to effortlessly transition between musical styles has endeared him to audiences of all ages, from fans of legendary artists like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Elvis Presley, to admirers of modern icons such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my music with the discerning guests of Sun Siyam Resorts in the Maldives,” said Petar Markoski. “Music has the power to transcend boundaries and bring people from all walks of life together, and I am eager to create unforgettable moments through the universal language of melody.”

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Oaga Art Resort to host annual Kula Kula Festival 2024



Oaga Art Resort, Maldives, has announced the upcoming Kula Kula Festival, taking place from April 10th to 15th, 2024.

“Kula” translates to “colour” in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language. Kula Kula, with its playful repetition, signifies an abundance of colours. This vibrant celebration promises an immersive experience into Maldivian culture, pulsating with music, dance, visual arts, and a taste of the archipelago’s unique traditions. Building on the foundation of last year’s success, the 2024 Kula Kula Festival promises an even richer experience.

A Journey Through Festivities

The festival kicks off with the joyous Eid Al-Fitr celebration on April 10th. Savour the sizzling flavours of a Maldivian BBQ dinner infused with international influences, creating a delightful communal dining experience. Enhance your Eid celebration with a visit to our live Hedhikaa station, offering delectable Maldivian short eats and delicacies to enrich your palette.

Experience the soul-stirring sounds of local Boduberu drumming, a Maali parade combined with a small narration of Koadi, along with flash dances through the day, offering a captivating journey through the Maldivian Village. The local band Sky Rock is set to liven up the stage during sunset hour with surprise guests making the performance extra special.

A Visual Feast

Witness the artistic flair of Maldivian artists throughout the festival. Be present for the book launch by local artist Baburu Akuru and a captivating live wall mural creation by the local duo, Razzan & Hampu:

  • Book Launch of ‘Baburu Akuru’ by Rafil Mohamed – Rafil Mohamed (a.k.a. Baburu Akuru) is an avid enthusiast of Maldivian culture and history, focusing mainly on folklore and the supernatural belief system prevalent among Maldivians since time immemorial. He has penned and published a book called ‘Baburu Akuru’ compiling his research, thoughts, and musings on the subject matter in January of 2023. The book is a collection of contemporary Dhivehi poems with English translations and backstories based mainly around Maldivian culture, history, folklore and the supernatural realm.
  • Live Wall Mural by Razzan and Hampu – Mohamed Razzan Abdulla (Razzan) and Fathmath Hamna (Hampu) are a husband-wife artist duo based in Maldives. With over 7 years of experience, Razzan and Hampu both specialises in visual art. They primarily work with acrylics and water colour when it comes to smaller scale artwork, while for indoor and outdoor murals they prefer working with emulsion paint in bright, vibrant and joyful colours. They are also very versatile when it comes to digital art and combined, have completed countless illustrations for various resorts, corporations, NGOs, children’s books, and calendars to name a few.

A Celebration of Community

The Kula Kula Fair on April 11th offers a vibrant marketplace featuring local artisans, live art demonstrations, and captivating performances. Participate in a variety of games, create recycled art at the Coral Live Station, or get a henna tattoo with a twist.

Throughout the week, guests can partake in a specially curated “Cocktail of the Day” showcasing Maldivian, Brazilian, and Indian delights.

Immerse Yourself in Music

The festival comes alive with music performances throughout the week. Sway to the rhythm of local talents, featuring Axsam and Alikko’s sun kissed beats, the soulful in-house duo Dumb and Dumber, the dynamic band called Sandpaper and the husky vocals of Mai accompanied by Muthrib. Local guitarists Adlee and Muad is also set to make an appearance, culminating in a special DJ night featuring DJ Afruh on April 12th and many more.

Unleashing Your Inner Artist

Embrace your creativity with the Tie-Dye experience available during the festival days. Travellers can personalise plain white t-shirts with the assistance of the resort’s art and vibe community, resulting in a unique memento of the festival.

The Kula Kula Festival at Oaga Art Resort promises an unforgettable experience, brimming with cultural exploration, artistic expression, and delightful culinary discoveries. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Maldivian culture.

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