4 THA LUMANA’I
Live performance connecting traditional Sāmoan oratory and contemporary hip hop lyricism “4 THA LUMANA’I” is a celebration of the parallels, similarities and differences between the two worlds of Fa’asāmoan and Hip Hop Urban culture, with a specific focus on the use of language, lyricism, wordplay and oratory. It is an intergenerational conversation between the old school and the new. Between indigenous ‘traditional’ Sāmoan ethnic culture and Hip Hop urban social culture.
It is part of the ongoing conversation of what is even considered traditional anymore in an ever evolving and globalised landscape. It is a conversation between analogue and digital signals. It is a conversation between communities. It is the physical conversation between the cast on stage and our digital cast of archival sound recordings and location samples, some from over a century ago. The title of this work in Sāmoan means “For the future”. In addition to it’s entertainment value, we also hope for it to double as an inspiring resource for future generations to help understand the ‘heart’ of the customs depicted in this work, as interpreted and reimagined by our amazing cast of industry and community volunteer performers, all under the umbrellaship guidance of our community elders.
The word “lumana’i” is also a reference to the word “lumen”, the measurement unit of light, which is quite appropriate for this production given its video projection elements. This ‘projection’ in itself however, is also a double meaning for the work. Though the show obviously features the physical video projection, it is also a forecast and ‘projection’ of how this generation would like to see our real world analogue Fa’as¯amoa and Hip Hop customs navigating into the increasingly digital future that our children are growing up in.
4 Tha Lumana'i was presented as part of the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival Whānui programme at the Mangere Arts Centre 22-24 March. Photos courtesy of Raymond Sagapolutele.
LACOCO "FREE TO BE REMIX"
Track about to go off for mastering, and currently in video post production for a remix of LaCoco's "Free To Be", originally off her "Love and Other Things EP".
Arranged this track for a one off performance at the 2016 AKL Arts Festival Spiegel Tent APO Remix performance (featuring players from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra), and it was so dope we just had to commit it to tape. Track turned out so good we just had to shoot a visual to it (huge thanks to Bethells Beach Cottages for the spectacular location).
Mid December release.
"DO YOUR LAG"
Currently in audio post production and video pre production for the soul stirring new single "Do Your Lag" from Lops (who you may also recognise from the brilliant 'Songs from the Inside).
First heard him jam this to me acoustically when he stopped by a mutual friend of ours Wiggidy Wayqs house while we were chilling back in 2015. I was so moved by the amazing songwriting that I invited him to join the APO Remix programme we were looking to programme for the following year. His performance went so well, that like LaCoco, we just had to lock it down in the studio and on visual. Track recording also features players from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Late December release.
Been a long time in the concept...can't give away too much right now...but we are super excited to soon announce a major new creative multi-media theatre work that will debut in March 2018.
Will be making an official call out for expressions of interest and community involvement for this project soon.