23 Jul 2019

Pacific music legend Daniel Rae Costello dies

4:59 pm on 23 July 2019

One of the Pacific's most successful musicians Daniel Rae Costello Junior has died following a long battle with cancer.

Daniel Rae Costello Junior

Daniel Rae Costello Junior Photo: Facebook/ Daniel Rae Costello

The Fiji-born singer/songwriter and producer was 58 years old when he died in Australia on Monday.

Influenced by the Caribbean sound, Costello's music captured many hearts across the Pacific and the world.

Costello's first album Tropical Sunset was released in 1979 and Lania in 1980.

He went on to release another 18 albums - the last was Light Up The World in 2009.

His hit songs include Samba, Dark Moon and Take Me To The Island.

Costello went on to open his own recording studio Tango Sound Productions in Lautoka where he lived for more than 30 years.

He and his family moved permanently to Samoa 10 years ago - the homeland of his grandmother Amy Peterson.

Both his parents were born in Fiji.

His mother Jessie Rae had Samoan, Rotuman and Scottish heritage. His father, the late tourism pioneer Daniel Costello Senior was Irish.