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!
After completing his PhD in Environmental Education in Western Australia, Manoa moved to Byron Bay and lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 for 3 months. There he experienced first hand the healing power of music. 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 and has been invited to share his music at Uplift Festival (2014), Nimbin Roots Festival (2016) and Splendour In The Grass (2016). He has played alongside various roots musicians including Oka, Murray Kyle 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.