@ The Arts Lounge Stage
California-born and Australian based roots artist Manoa combines uplifting reggae grooves and laid back folk melodies with soulful vocals and conscious lyrics. Manoa’s early musical influences come from growing up sailing around the Caribbean and experiencing the music of the islands.
Manoa released his new EP in April 2019 and currently is touring the new EP throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
The music video for his new single ‘Change Is In The Air’ shot on Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), was launched along with the EP in April and was inspired by The Pacific Earth School, an urban permaculture farm and learning center the island. The song embodies the message of personal and cultural transformation through new ways of education and new ways of being connected to each other and the more-than-human world.
Manoa has shared his music at Splendour In The Grass (2016), Island Elements Festival (2018), Biophilia (2019 – NZ), Uplift Festival (2014), Nimbin Roots Festival (2016), O’Heart Festival (2017/18) and other folk festivals around Australia. He has also supported various roots musicians including Dustin Thomas (USA), Oka, The Floating Bridges, and Nicky Bomba.
With a background as a marine biologist and after completing his PhD in Environmental Education & Ecopsychology from Western Australia, Manoa moved to Byron Bay to focus on music full time. He lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014 and where he experienced the power of music to bring community together. Manoa co-produced the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’ because he strongly believes in the magnetic power of music to bring healing, empowerment, self expression and to build and bond community.
He is also 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.