“Golden Kingdom” is the opening song off Aisea Taimani's first full length record “Closer To Home” which is set to be released in late February.
"Growing up as a son of a Tongan Minister with a strong reputation in our community was not easy. There are many things I can look back at now and give thanks for but there are definitely a few things that I experienced as a Pastors kid that I will hopefully do differently when I have a family of my own"
"Golden Kingdom" was co written by Will Tuanaki, Micah Bournes and Aisea about his journey as a prodigal son, both spiritually and culturally.
In under a week, he’s had a huge response to the video on Facebook with over 30,000 views & over 500 shares with folks all over the world resonating with the narrative of his song.
Aisea says the visual story of the song is not meant to have a definite resolve but meant to promote mindful dialogue about the things that we’ve abandoned that are now worth seeking again.
He says "The things my parents instilled in my siblings and I, intentionally and unintentionally, have become the foundation for who we have become.
This video is my opportunity to honor my parents and the faith and culture that they planted in my siblings and I."
As he explores the power of family in this visual, he hopes that others would reimagine what it means to be family. "What if we all treated each other like family, just tryna find our way back alone. The journey Closer To Home is not meant to be a solo mission, it takes a village."
There are many layers to the visual and he says that although he is lifting up his Tongan culture, a value that he also holds up is Diversity.
"Our Tongan Family, is bigger and deeper than the Kingdom of Tonga, I hope to promote and celebrate diversity in a way that inspires others to seek after it as well. Diversity is not only beautiful, it is the world we live in and a virtue necessary to our spiritual and human development."
He shares his song and video to us with this introduction:
"Malo e lelei,
My name is Aisea Lupeheke Taimani, the son of Vaka and Neomai Taimani.
I am the brother to Teolosia, Barry, Vaka Leka and Toakase.
I am also the grateful uncle of Kiarra, Liana, Evangelia, Mia, Kalina, Kelesi and Vaka Jr.
Although it might seem a bit unnecessary to write all these names - if you watch “Golden Kingdom”, you’ll see why these names and faces are worth mentioning. These people are the home that I belong to, the home that I come from and the home that I will leave behind. It is my home here and now, now and not yet."
Aisea Taimani http://aiseataimani.com/