California-born and Australian based roots artist Manoa brings the summer vibes by weaving uplifting reggae grooves that inspire audiences to move and soothing folk melodies that calm the mind and inspire a contemplative flow. Manoa creates a powerful dynamic and unquestionable presence through his music as audiences are inspired by the positive messages of re-connection to nature, personal growth and transformation.
‘Change Is In The Air’ the latest single off of Manoa's new EP released in 2019, embodies the message of cultural transformation toward a regenerative society and features Bobby Alu (Xavier Rudd, Oka) on drums. The music video was shot live at Island Elements Festival and the Pacific Earth School on Stradbroke Island, Australia and is reminiscent of Manoa's early musical experiences, growing up sailing around the Caribbean islands, soaking in the island rhythms.
Manoa has shared his music at a range of folk festivals including Splendour In The Grass (2016), Mullum Music Festival (2019), Earth Frequency Festival (2020), and Wallaby Creek Festival (2019). He has supported and played alongside roots artists including Dustin Thomas (USA), Caravana Sun, Oka, Nicky Bomba and Murray Kyle.
Manoa, a true world-bridger, completed his PhD in Environmental Education & Ecopsychology and shares his ecologic knowledge and his belief in the healing potential of the natural world through education, workshops and retreats. Music is intimately intertwined with nature-based reconnection work, and Manoa believes the more time we spend to slow down and listen to the more-than-human world, the more the songs that we have inside ourselves will have the space to express.
Manoa’s time lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 allowed him to experience the power of music to bring community together. He 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.
“Manoa will be sure to bring an positive energy and uplifting groove to the stage!”
"A groover, a maker, a DR (PhD - excuse me!). Bring on the vibes of summer.”