California-born and Byron based roots artist, environmental activist and educator Steve Manoa is a rising conscious roots artist. Blending 6 and 12 string guitars with Native American Flute and Didgeridoo, his music is medicine that allows audiences to explore the essence of the relationships between each other and Earth. Manoa draws upon his reggae and folk influences to weave a dynamic soundscape of upbeat songs with positive messages and intention.
After completing his PhD in Environmental Education in Western Australia, Steve 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’.
Steve Manoa recently completed a national tour to promote his new single ‘My Medicine’ and has shared his music at Uplift Festival (2014), Nimbin Roots Festival (2016) and Splendour In The Grass (2016). He has also played alongside and supported various roots musicians including Oka, Murray Kyle, The Floating Bridges 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.
Performed at Splendour In The Grass (2016)
Performed at Nimbin Roots Festival (2016)
Featured on ‘Songs of Water’ CD (2015)
Performed with Nicky Bomba @ Island Vibe Festival (2015)
Panel member of ‘Art and Acitivism’ with Trevor Hall and Natilie Rize @ Uplift Festival (2014)
Opened for Xavier Rudd, John Butler and Nahko at Bentley Blockade (2014)
Organized and featured on ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’ CD (2014)
Australia National Tours (2014, 2016)
Paul George (Tijuana Cartel)
The Floating Bridges
Katie J. White