Dryw Keltz 2 p.m., Jan. 23
RIYL: Greyboy All-Stars, Malo
Influences: Malo, Jose Feliciano, Gil Scott Heron
Influenced by South Pacific sounds, Semisi Ma'u of Fula Bula mixes Polynesian rhythms with any style of music he takes a liking to, calling it “Bula Music” (he word “bula” is a greeting from Fiji). The San Diego-based musician feels that combining traditional elements of his native music with other styles adds new vitality and depth. So far, the songs that have undergone this transformation are diverse: Rock, reggae, calypso, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and folk songs have all been used.
“The idea is open to any style and, in fact, the trial and error involved in superimposing them is half the fun.”