Semisi Ma'u formed his band, Semisi & FulaBula, in 1993. Hailing from the islands of Tonga in the South Pacific, he studied classical guitar at Wellington Polytecnic in New Zealand from 1975 to 1977. He moved to San Diego in 1978. Semisi mixes Polynesian rhythms into what he calls Bula Music (bula is a Fijian greeting).
FulaBula includes Semisi's two sons, Keli Ross-Ma'u, who plays steel drums and keyboard, and multi-instrumentalist Tonga Ma'u.