California-born and Byron based roots artist Manoa weaves a dynamic soundscape of upbeat songs with positive messages and intention. His music ranges from laid back soulful folk melodies to groovy reggae loops that uplift the spirit and inspire bodies to move. Manoa’s early musical influences come from growing up sailing around the Caribbean and experiencing the music of the islands.
Manoa released his latest single 'Change Is In The Air' in 2018 and is releasing his new EP in early 2019. He will be touring the new EP throughout Australia, Bali, New Zealand and America. 'The Water Song', written to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, was released in 2016. The music video was created in collaboration with Uplift Connect and has received worldwide acclaim.
Manoa has played at Splendour In The Grass (2016), Uplift Festival (2014), Nimbin Roots Festival (2016), O'Heart Festival (2017/18) and other folk festivals around Australia. He has also supported various roots musicians including Dustin Thomas (USA), Oka, The Floating Bridges, and Nicky Bomba.
With a background as a marine biologist and after completing his PhD in Environmental Education & Ecopsychology from Western Australia, Manoa moved to Byron Bay to focus on music full time. He lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 and where he experienced the power of music to bring community together. Manoa co-produced the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’ because he strongly believes in the magnetic power of music to bring healing, empowerment, self expression and to build and bond community.
He is also a cultural ambassador for the Pacific Village and Earth School on Stradbroke Island/Minjerribah and runs workshops around music and connection to the more than human world.