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Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 Anaheim, CA
An Evening with FAIVA and FRIENDS: A Polynesian Musical Extravaganza
Anaheim, CA - Get ready for a spectacular evening of music, dance, and cultural celebration as three distinct Polynesian artists come together for an unforgettable performance. FAIVA, Mevina, and Josh Chang will take the stage at The Performing Arts Theater, Loara High School, on Saturday, November 18th, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
What: An Evening with FAIVA and FRIENDS Three talented artists from Samoa, Tahiti, and Hawaii unite to showcase their unique musical talents and share their heritage with the world. FAIVA, Mevina, and Josh Chang will mesmerize the audience with their original songs in their native languages, creating a perfect Polynesian triangle of artistry and cultural expression.
Who: FAIVA headlines the evening, with opening acts by Mevina and Josh Chang. The event also features captivating dance performances by Samoa Matalasi, Nonosina, and Kaulana Ka Hale Kula ʻO Nā Pua ʻO Ka ʻĀina. Hosting the event will be the esteemed Miss Hawaii 2000 and Miss America 2001, Angela Perez Baraquio Grey.
When: Saturday, November 18th, 2023 Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm)
Where: The Performing Arts Theater, Loara High School 1765 W. Cerritos, Anaheim, CA 92804
Why: FAIVA is celebrating the release of their debut album, "FAIVA O’ Samoa," which was launched in May. The group is also commemorating their nomination for the "2023 Best International Pacific Artist" award by the Pacific Music Awards.
Price: $25 Presale / $30 Door Seating is limited, so be sure to secure your tickets in advance. In addition to the incredible music and dance performances, there will be food vendors and holiday craft stalls, offering an early opportunity for Christmas shopping. Please note that alcohol is prohibited at the event.
For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.faivamusic.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those interested in supporting this remarkable cultural celebration.
About The Artists:
FAIVA: Nominated for "2023 Best International Pacific Artist" by Pacific Music Awards, FAIVA is dedicated to infusing their music with the rich cultural traditions of Samoan music. Made up of Dr. Grant Muāgututiʻa, Vaea Aʻetonu, and Loa Greyson, FAIVA's authentic sound and passion for Polynesian music will leave you captivated and inspired.
MEVINA: Mevina Liufau has revolutionized the way America experiences Tahitian and Samoan culture through dance. Born into the legendary Liufau/Nonosina family, Mevina's lifelong dedication to preserving and sharing Polynesian cultures is awe-inspiring.
JOSH CHANG: Joshua Kamuelaonakupanihianamekamahele Chang is a multi-talented individual known for his deep commitment to Hawaiian culture, music, film, and dance. His dedication to preserving his heritage and sharing it with the world is truly remarkable.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of Polynesian culture through music and dance. Join us on November 18th for an unforgettable evening of celebration and unity.
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Samoan Acoustic Trio FAIVA Releases
Debut Renaissance Album: Faiva O Sāmoa
Contact Information: Band name: FAIVA Contact: Ana Niumata Email:
email@example.com Phone: 808-224-4882 Website: www.faivamusic.com
Los Angeles, CA – Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Samoan Acoustic Trio FAIVA is thrilled
to announce the release of their debut album, Faiva O Sāmoa. The highly anticipated
album is set to be released on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, and will be available on all
streaming platforms. Fans can also pre-save the album on Spotify and Apple Music, as
well as pre-order it on iTunes.
Comprised of Dr. Grant Muāgututi'a, Vaea A'etonu, and Tinifuloa Grey (a.k.a Loa
Greyson), FAIVA has been making waves in the music industry. Dr. Grant Muāgututi'a,
a full-time linguistics professor at Cal State San Marcos, combines his education and
passion for music to bring Polynesian melodies to life. Vaea A'etonu, who moved from
American Samoa to pursue music, has played alongside renowned artists such as Fiji,
Pati, Sammy J, and Common Kings. Tinifuloa Grey, son of legendary singer Fa'anānā
Jerome Grey, appeared on NBC's The Voice Season 7 and has shared the stage with
artists like Willie K, Amy Hānaiali'i, and Justin Young.
Faiva O Sāmoa was recorded at The Common Kings Studio by Matt Borden in Garden
Grove, California. The album was mixed by Kale Chang of ‘Auwa‘a Studios in Honolulu,
Hawaii, and mastered by Nicholas DiLorenzo of Panorama in Melbourne, Australia.
They have also collaborated with fellow Samoan artists Niki Mariner, JP Pereira,
Tifaimoana Ito, Kadeesha Tautua‘ā, and Joleen Faraimo in bringing together the visual
tapestry of the album.
The album showcases traditional Samoan music played with acoustic guitars, selo
(upright bass), and ‘ukulele, along with traditional Samoan percussion instruments such
as pātē, fala, bamboo, and pahu drums. The music draws influence from the melodic
storytelling traditions from throughout Polynesia.
"We wanted to prove to ourselves that we can still produce organic and authentic music
in this age of technology," says Tini, a member of FAIVA. "Using only acoustic
instruments and live drumming was important to us. We hope our music stands the test
Grant Muāgututi'a adds, "The process of creating this album allowed us to dive deeper
into the beauty of Samoan music. It's been an incredible journey."
FAIVA has achieved notable milestones in their career, including being selected to
perform at Disneyland for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and being featured
artists for the Pacific Islands Ethnic Art Museum music series. They have already
released two singles, "Valovalo Mai" on February 14th, 2022, and "Sei Leva" on
February 14th, 2023.
To celebrate the album release, FAIVA will be performing at API Heritage Month at
Downtown Disney on Memorial Day, May 29th, 2023. They will also be performing with
Jerome Grey at the Carson Samoan Flag Day on June 24th, 2023, and at the
Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration on July 8th, 2023.
For more information about FAIVA, their music, and updates, please visit their official
website at www.faivamusic.com or follow them on Facebook
(facebook.com/faivatheband) and Instagram (@faivamusic). Their music videos and
performances can be found on their YouTube channel.
FAIVA’s debut album,
Link to Press Photos
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January 11, 2022 – The We Are Sāmoa: A Diamond Gala Evening celebrating 75 years of legendary Sāmoan musician Jerome Fa'anānā Grey will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Fete The Venue, in Costa Mesa, California. This red-carpet event will be a dynamic, entertaining evening filled with food, music, fashion, dance, and various art forms that celebrate the Polynesian culture and will feature special guests throughout the night.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of event that will bring together artists from the Pacific to pay tribute to Mr. Jerome Grey, including Lapi Mariner, American Idol contestant Reno Ano’ai, Gary King, FAIVA, Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winner, Shawn Ishimoto, award winning dance groups TUPUA, TAMA'ITA'I and many more. The event is hosted in partnership with the National Pacific Islander Education Network (“NPIEN”)—a 501c3—to benefit the Pacific Islander Community through several initiatives such as general education and performing arts scholarships.
The black-tie event will also feature a fashion show by designer Nancy Elizabeth and a live painting demonstration of a piece inspired by the NPIEN and We Are Sāmoa Gala mission by Sāmoan artist and muralist Jason Pereira (“JP”), which will be bid for in a live auction along with a silent auction happening throughout the evening.
The event’s coordinators will also use the diamond gala platform to bring awareness on the burden of diabetes and heart disease on the Pacific Islander community, a very personal mission for them—diabetes taking their mother’s life in 2019 and their father, Mr. Grey, a two-time stroke survivor.
Information on how to get involved and how to purchase tickets is on the event website. The organizers of the event are advising the public to purchase tickets early because seating is limited.
For more information, please contact the We Are Samoa Gala team at firstname.lastname@example.org. #wearesamoagala #wearesamoagala2022