Punialava’a are renowned pioneers of Samoan Music. The group was established since 1968 in Samoa by Rev. Iosefa Lale Peteru. Lale (as he is known) composed songs for the band in the 70s, with his wife Vini becoming their lead singer in the 80s. Throughout both decades they excelled at producing hit songs and were supported by numerous accomplished musicians. The next decade, saw Lale and Vini’s children become part of the family band, starting with Viellani, Vania and Punialava’a and most recently, the youngest member Miss Melody has joined them. Punialava’a has performed to, harmonized with, driven and empowered musical artists both locally and internationally empowering and paving the way for various Samoan local artists and NZ born Samoan artists who have recorded Punialava’a songs.
Punialava’a were the recipients of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pacific Music Awards, which recognised their 50 year contribution to Pacific music. The bands’ tunes and lyrics are celebrated and appreciated by all age groups with its classical island touch. The Punialava’a music, lyrics and metaphorical messages are authentic and true to the heart of Samoa and the Pacific and are now used for the Samoan school curriculum. Punialava’a hopes to bring awareness about ourselves, our families, our society and their future.
In less than one year, POETIK has become an imposing force on the local & International Hip Hop scene. From being hailed as the “Poly-Pac” to winning the Philip Fuemana Most Promising Artist Award at the 2018 Pacific Music Awards, to opening for YG & now collaborating in studio with YG’s artist SLIM 400 on the song “Woop Woop” from HAMOFIED 2, (Slim 400 recently recovered from being shot 9 times in Compton as reported in TMZ ) the 28 year old street star is poised for superstardom.
Prolific Samoan Rapper POETIK has had announced a full Australian Tour to followw the release of his new single “Crazy Love” feat Los Angeles based singer / songwriter Tenelle. The news comes on the heels of his recent chart success with #2 Official RIANZ NZ Album debut for “HAMOFIED 2 EP”, and #2 HOT 20 NZ Single for “Crazy Love” (A Hip Hop Interpolation of the Van Morrison classic). Poetik recently featured in “Fast & Furious / Hobbs and Shaw” movie and soundtrack on the posse cut “MASTA”.
Best known for her vocals on Disney's "Moana" soundtrack and as a member of Polynesian band Te Vaka, Olivia Foa’i is a singer, songwriter, dancer and director. On stage since the age of two, Olivia has performed in 40 countries to date and featured on a number of tracks over Te Vaka's 10 albums including hit single “Lakalaka”, released by Walt Disney Records (she also directed the music video). As the first voice you hear in “Moana” and featured throughout the film, Olivia has performed the songs internationally, including the prestigious Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim, the 2017 VNZMAs and the World Premiere of Moana at the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood. The records she featured on have racked up over 127 million streams on Spotify.
In 2018 Olivia debuted as a solo artist with an innovative pop-tribal sound bringing Polynesian rhythms into the mainstream. Her debut album “Candid” was released in November of 2019 to glowing reviews. “Soaked with integrity the album showcases her ability to write in English and Tokelauan, delivering the integration of Polynesian sounds and culture into the Western pop and RnB realms in perfect harmony.” - NZ Musician Magazine “Candid's sophisticated blend of traditional and contemporary sounds comes off like the perfect soundtrack under summer skies.” - Graham Reid (Elsewhere).
Noah Slee, known for slick and evocative vocals, released his debut, full-length album Otherland in 2017 (Wondercore Island and Majestic Casual) and was rewarded with two prestigious Pacific Music Awards in 2018. The secret recipe? - “We were writing a mix-tape, so that it gave us no boundaries”. And Slee is continuing to push boundaries with his upcoming EP, TWICE. While the indie-club artist holds nostalgia for growing up in a Tongan household in West Auckland, Slee is resolute about his choice to pack up his life and move to Germany in 2015. It’s a long way from home but “a big part of being in Berlin was coming into myself” Slee admits.
Otherland wrestles with place as something internal and unstable, something that contains refractory notions of heritage, identity, sexuality and grief. Most recently, (having finished up his two world tours and peaking interest at festivals such as SXSW 2018), Slee has been turning his hand to the worlds of visual-art and dance, helping to produce the short-film. The short-film is an impressive example of Slee’s penchant for collaboration which has similarly spurred him to produce thoughtful and successful tracks alongside talents such as Jazzanova, Jordan Rakei, Melodownz and Hiatus Kaiyote.
The end of 2019, will see a full EP project drop; crafted largely by Slee himself with help from his Berlin dynasty of trusted creatives but also showcasing talent from all corners of the globe. Relishing in the potential forces of the arts, Noah Slee is as determined as ever to create wavy ground swells with his heart opening breezy r’n’b dance jams.