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.
After completing his PhD in Environmental Education in Western Australia, Manoa moved to Byron Bay and lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014. There he experienced the power of music to bring community together and helped produce the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’. Manoa is 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.
Manoa is releasing his new album in November 2018 and is touring throughout Australia, Bali, New Zealand and America. He has played at Splendour In The Grass (2016), Uplift Festival (2014) and other folk festivals. He has also supported various roots musicians including Dustin Thomas (USA), Oka, The Floating Bridges, and Nicky Bomba.