Samoan acoustic trio 'FAIVA' recently released their highly anticipated debut album Faiva o Samoa and is now available on all streaming platforms.
Comprised of Dr. Grant Muāgututi'a, Vaea A'etonu, and Tinifuloa Grey (a.k.a Loa Greyson), FAIVA has been making waves in the music industry.
Dr. Grant Muāgututi'a, a full-time linguistics professor at Cal State San Marcos, combines his education and passion for music to bring Polynesian melodies to life.
The album showcases traditional Samoan music played with acoustic guitars, selo (upright bass), and ‘ukulele, along with traditional Samoan percussion instruments such as pātē, fala, bamboo, and pahu drums.
The music draws influence from the melodic storytelling traditions from throughout Polynesia.
Check out the album playlist on Youtube here
"We wanted to prove to ourselves that we can still produce organic and authentic music in this age of technology," says Tini, a member of FAIVA. "Using only acoustic instruments and live drumming was important to us. We hope our music stands the test of time"
FAIVA has achieved notable milestones in their career, including being selected to perform at Disneyland for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and being featured artists for the Pacific Islands Ethnic Art Museum music series.
They have already released two singles, "Valovalo Mai" and "Sei Leva" (music video above)