California-born and Australian based roots artist Manoa combines uplifting reggae grooves and laid back folk melodies with soulful vocals and conscious lyrics. Manoa’s early musical influences come from growing up sailing around the Caribbean and experiencing the music of the islands.
‘Change Is In The Air’ (feat. Bobby Alu), off of Manoa's brand new EP, embodies the message of personal and cultural transformation twoard a regenerative society. The music video was shot live at Island Elements Festival and the Pacific Earth School on Stradbroke Island, Australia.
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. Manoa released his new EP in April 2019 inspired by his deep love for the natural environment and sharing the story of an emergent regenerative culture empowering the earth and its people. He is currently touring the album throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Manoa 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 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), Oka, Nicky Bomba and Murray Kyle.