Ronnie Monien, a 40-year-old Phoenix resident, recently recorded and released a new devotional album, which is dedicated to those suffering from disabilities.
KadavulKodupinai was launched in aid of the Chiphaven Siva Sakthi Gangaiammen Kovil building fund.
The musician began his musical career in the early years of his life. His music career started in 1979 and this year, he will be celebrating 40 years in music.
Monien was born in Mill Barracks, Mount Edgecombe. He began singing in service groups as a chorus singer.
Speaking of his musical history, Monien said, “My parents moved to Phoenix. When we moved, my cousin, Teddy Sigamoney, introduced me to the band, Shackles, where we did South Indian music.”
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As time went on, he joined The Eastern Touch, led by Vinod. Thereafter, he joined Rajen Pillay to form Luxmi Raagam.
“After a few years, I formed a new band- Saraswathi Sangeetham. Our first recording was Thaai Nyabagam. Later, I would go on to record a solo album called Hits of Yesteryear,” he added.
During his career, he has shared the stage with Valla Kiston, Siva Kiston, Bema Naidoo, SV Govender, Gandi Govender, Steven Narainsamy, Richard Naicker, Sebastian Christian, Rogers Chocklingam, Norman Pillay, PG Pillay and Kem Chandlall.