Semisi Ma'u: Vocals

Genre: Latin | Tejano, World

RIYL: Greyboy All-Stars, Malo

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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.”

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