California-born and Byron based roots artist and environmental educator Manoa draws upon his reggae and folk influences to weave a dynamic soundscape of upbeat songs with positive messages and intention. His music ranges from laid back soulful folk melodies to upbeat infectious reggae and funky jams that uplift the spirit, inspire bodies to move and get people grinning from ear to ear! Manoa’s early musical influences come from growing up sailing around the Carribbean, where he was influenced by the music of the islands.
After completing his PhD in Environmental Education in Western Australia and sharing his music throughout the Southwest, Manoa moved to Byron Bay and lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 for 3 months. There he experienced first hand the power of music to bring community together. He spearheaded production of the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’, showcasing the grassroots music that was written by the Bentley 'protectors'.
Manoa recently completed a national tour to promote his new single 'Life In The Garden' and has shared his music at Uplift Festival (2014), Nimbin Roots Festival (2016), O'Heart Festival (2017) and Splendour In The Grass (2016). He has also played alongside and supported various roots musicians including Dustin Thomas (USA), Oka, Murray Kyle, Bearfoot (Sunny Coast), The Floating Bridges (Sunny Coast), Cheap Fakes, and Nicky Bomba.
His 2015 single ‘The Water Song’ was included on an international compilation album ‘Songs of Water’ alongside Shimshai, Murray Kyle, Dustin Thomas, PEIA, and others and The Water Song music video was launched in collaboration with Uplift Connect in 2016 to promote clean water initatives and remind people of the sacredness of water.