PAULA FUGA (Hawai’i)
Paula Fuga is a musician on a mission. Though many play music for the platitudes or acclaim, Paula plays music for a culture, spreading the thoughtful and evocative voice of the Hawaiian people across the world. Not content to be merely a widely respected artist, Paula has taken on the mantle of cultural ambassador—using her talent as an instrument to help bring about positive social change within her islands and beyond: performing at benefit concerts for charter schools, instilling the Hawaiian culture in the generations to come and, generally, being a beacon of the meditative and healing powers of her people.
Exquisite vocals, powerful lyrics and gorgeous melodies have earned Paula widespread critical praise and an incredibly dedicated fan base. A blend of tradition and evolution, her music features soul and jazz–infused lyrics, with that laid back island rhythm, seamlessly mixing English and Hawaiian languages, supported by traditional Hawaiian instruments like the nose flute and ‘ukulele, she is all feeling with a voice filled with so much soul, you are guaranteed to become an fan. Paula collaborate regularly with musical soulmates Jack Johnson and Mike Love, both of Hawai’i.