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Photo Gallery | Sacramento Culture Fest August 22, 2014

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento get ready! For those of you, who missed Island Reggae Festival at Great America 2014, do not fret!
 
As of July 12th, at one of the Bay Area’s biggest reggae festivals which brings worldwide performers such as JBoog, Anuhea, Fiji, Rebel Souljahz, Common Kingz, Jah Maoli plus more and mixes it up with upcoming local Sacramento artists such as Valufa, Finn Da Groovah, Samu, YBM (Your Boy Mo), Maeli, Luisa Lavulo, Supa Saa, Molia plus local 103.5 DJ Casey Reef, it was definitely a sold out festival holding more than 10,000 people. 
Sacramento Culture Fest hosted by Big Toko Entertainment,  Maxizamus, JSV Events and One Culture bringing this to you for a special cause. This show is going to bring you music to groove to and it will support local organizations in Sacramento and Elk Grove areas. The fundraising of these organizations will go to their cause and missions. 
 
The event features a concert of music, dances and group performance by Art of Teknique, Cyrus the Virus, Funky Fresh, Makemae Melia O’Polynesia and Tribal Conneczion. This cultural festival is a celebration of Polynesian music and all cultures!
 
Support our local Sacramento artists and hear their music. 
 

FINN DA GROOVAH - Finn a.k.a Groove Operator (born Haifine Latapu) was raised in South Sacramento, CA. The first genre of music he ever heard was old Tongan folk music from his parents. .Formerly known as the Groove Operator Finn brings to you a smooth laid back mellow R&B/Reggae twist to the Polynesian music scene. He grew up listening to R&B, Old School, and Soft Rock music–even before Reggae music. Whatever was on the radio, they listened to it. “We didn’t have any money for music tapes or CDs. We only had the radio so we listened to artists The Jets, Boys II Men, Jodeci, Sade, just to name a few”.The Jets, Boyz II Men, Jodeci and Sade just to name a few.” It wasn’t until junior high school that he was exposed to Reggae music through church dances and activities tists like The Jets, Boyz II Men, Jodeci and Sade just to name a few.” It wasn’t until junior high school that he was exposed to Reggae music through church dances and activities.

http://youtu.be/nSDY6dyrOlg

http://youtu.be/Hntu47Lgzzg

https://www.facebook.com/finntheGroovah

 

LUISA LAVULO – Luisa born as Luisa Hafoka and raised between California and Minnesota. Her love of music stems from her early childhood years growing up in a strong Tongan rooted family. Luisa’s household was listening to her mother sing and play old school Tongan tapes, her brothers playing reggae and her older siblings each playing their own genre of music. Whether it is hard rock, R&B, alternative or Neo Soul there was music daily. "There weren't too many poly's out in Minnesota, so the normal music was on the radio but every time I got my hands on a reggae tape when I'd come back from Cali, it would be like my most prized possession" says Luisa. All of these influences have cultivated her sound to what it is today. With her soulful sound and big voice singing over reggae beats it's hard to categorize her in one genre. Collaborating with producer, Robert "Looty" Hafoka , this happens to be her younger brother, of Wells Records Entertainment.

http://youtu.be/LKBZWt5rtjY

http://youtu.be/NBhh1a5yGeM

https://www.facebook.com/luisa.lavulo

 

MAELI – Maeli is an American Samoan aspiring artist who fell in love with music as a kid. At the age of 8, he joined the church choir to learn how to sing and during this time, he determined singing is his passion. He remembers listening to his father playing the guitar and singing Samoan church hymns. Aside from church music, they spent time together listening to old cassette tapes of Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, ABBA, Bon Jovi, UB40, Bob Marley and many other music legends. Maeli loved it so much; he imitated their style of singing. During the early 90's he was then introduced to R&B music. He started listening to Boyz II Men, BlackStreet Boys, Baby Face, R-Kelly, and many more! It was at this time Maeli pushed himself to be a Polynesian R&B/Reggae Singer! With a very soulful voice that slowly evolved over time which makes him unique in his own way. His music has influences from his favorite singers such as Trey Songz , Ne-Yo , Brian Mcknight, and Sean of Boyz II Men. He brings a combination of all these artists in his own way and with an island twist!

http://youtu.be/jbUZiVQeVEc

http://youtu.be/XqJpKbisaxU

https://www.facebook.com/maelienesa.paradiseent

 

MOLIA – Humble but eager this Polynesian performer, singer/songwriter and musician, bringing something different. As she mentioned, Molia is grateful for God's gift of singing & writing. Appreciative of her fans from everywhere for their love & support in her music. They inspire me to be a better singer/songwriter. Her hopes are to travel the world & share her story through music. One of her mottos is "Dream Big & Go Hard!!!" Some of her musical inspirations are Bob Marley, Lauren Hill, Chris Brown, Beyoncé & Rihanna.

http://youtu.be/HfE3kevSxGQ

https://www.youtube.com/themoliab

https://www.facebook.com/brittneymoliaschwenke

 

SAMU – Urban Island Artist SAMU is the smooth son originally from Euless, TX now local to Sacramento. This young southerner has an old soul, and his R&B vibes mixed in with lover's rock/roots reggae as well as hip-hop and dancehall influence makes his sound very unique. SAMU has done songs with very talented artists such as Baby Bash & Fiji and has also been a part of opening acts for Fiji, Jon B, Peetah Morgan, & J Boog (even participating in both of the sold-out Island Reggae Festivals 2 and 3). SAMU is a very proud advocate of the POLY MOVEMENT and hopes to make a positive influence with his life, music, and work!

Maxizamus Camp presents another original track titled, "Lonely Man'. It's a bonus track following his single, "What It Do" feat. Baby Bash. This song was written and produced by SAMU himself.

http://youtu.be/VLPdKhylO9k

http://youtu.be/EouMCptFfME

https://www.facebook.com/samumusic

 

SUPA SAA –born in Sierra Leone, West Africa in the time of the blood diamond war. Even though he does dance, Supa Saa is inspired by his country in his songwriting and rapping in the music. He knows that the power in music is able to relate and flow to any beat which can inspire anyone to feel good about it. Check out “Beautiful Mine” shot here in Elk Grove and Sacramento.

http://youtu.be/LwTR1Hq9S20

http://youtu.be/ehqaQHEWtI8

https://www.facebook.com/supa.saa

 

VALUFA -Tongan word for "84". We are a brothers and sisters Band from Oakland, CA. Born & Raise on 84th avenue; This is our Family Street "VALUFA" (84th Ave.) The Valu Fa Band, family and friends lost "4 Angels" to a tragic car accident last year. After the 2013 USA Rugby 7's Weekend, the "4 Angels" were on their way home to the Bay Area when a car accident tragically cost them their lives.

The "4 Angels" would have it no other way then to have the Valu Fa Band continue with what they love so much......Music!

http://youtu.be/i0G98WLDXk4

https://www.facebook.com/valu.fa.1

https://www.youtube.com/user/ValuFaProductions

 

YBM – Ya Boy Mo, this 20 years young born and raised in Sacramento, CA. First recorded his first song in 2006 in the basement with his brothers. In 2009, YBM and his brother Maeli Enesa created a group called Paradise Entertainment. Their first recorded single, as a group was called "Let Me Know". Now as a solo artist teamed up with the Maxizamus management. In 2012, released, "Know Your Rootz, Vol. 1", "Peakin Out Ya Window" & "So Cruel", which is on Itunes as well and will be on my upcoming E.P Album that I will be dropping December of this year on various media outlets online. Stay tuned for upcoming projects E.P and the VOLUME 2 to my first album "Know Your Rootz".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtQD4eYG-S0

http://www.reverbnation.com/yaboymo

https://www.facebook.com/pages/YA-BOY-MO/158949874149803

 

DJ CASEY REEF – our local Sacramento radio DJ. DJ Casey found his love for music in the early stages of his life. Hailing from the Islands Suva, Fiji Dj Reef grew fond of his native music. His exposure to the music later on earned him his stripes, living and breathing the sounds of the Islands and went on mission to take his passion for music to a whole new level. Working side by side with other local Djs he quickly learned and mastered the art of mixing, scratching, blending and most importantly, selecting. A couple years later DJ Reef ventured out and starting his own Dj company rocking countless clubs, parties, events etc. and opening for various Island Reggae artists is one of the most well-known and versatile in Sacramento. 
https://www.facebook.com/caseydjreefcakau
 
 
 
EVENT SPONSOR by Big Toko Entertainment, Maxizamus, JSV Events, One Culture
 
STAGE SPONSOR by Asian Pacific Film Fest with creative video director – 
Rueben Rodriguez (916)741-7074
https://www.facebook.com/AsianPacificFilmFest
 
MARKETING DESIGNS by Nika Designs 
http://www.nikaunltd.com/
 
SOUND & LIGHTING by sound engineers - Brian King of King Sound Productions & Mario Vitug (Dj Mario V)
http://www.kingsoundproductions.com/
 
 
Enjoy culture and revel in the coming together of the Sacramento county organizations and communities as they celebrate their unity and diversity.
 
LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS TO BENEFIT
Chelo Bruceville
www.facebook.com/chelobruceville 
 
Cyrus The Virus (6 year boxing prodigy)
www.facebook.com/teamcyrus1208
 
FAM Basketball League 
http://www.FAMLEAGUE.com
 
Makamae Melia O'Polynesia (Hula Group also)
www.makamaemelia.org
 
Savage Rootz Gym (Kids fitness center)
www.savagerootz.com
 
Steve Ly for Txuj Ci Hmong School, Elk Grove City Council
www.stevelycitycouncil.com
 
Tribal Conneczion (Kids dance studio- hula/tahitian, hip hop)
www.facebook.com/tribalconneczion
 
 
VENDORS/BOOTHS
2 Days Future Tomorrow
Auntie Mel's CA Hula Center
Chelo Mack Rd & Bruceville
Epic Bloom
Gina’s Palm and Psychic Reader 
Green Back Intl'
ROC 916
Roldan & Fields 
Sac Asian Film Festival
Savage Rootz Gym
Silver Fern Koru
Samoan Affairs
T.E.A.M Clothing
University of Fresh
 
 
TICKET VENDORS
 2morrows Future 2Day Non-Profit
 Ipua Foa 
 (916)807-6069
 North Sacramento, CA
 
 Chelo Bruceville
 JJ Dizon
 8215 Bruceville Rd, Sacramento, CA
 (916)838-3987
 
 Family First Bail Bonds
 Larry Crisostomo 
 Sacramento, CA
 (916)844-2245 (BAIL)
 
 Makamae Melia O'Polynesia 
 4-Ever Fit
 Jessica Cross 
 (916)667-2022
 Elk Grove, CA
 
 Planet of the Vapes 
 Hanzel Dela Cruz
 6840 65th Street, Sacramento, CA
 (916)399-5555
 7330 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael, CA
 (916)333-3794
 6840 65th St sac 
 
 Soulution Ink / Aloha Spa
 Jaye or Marifel Inocelda
 10466 Franklin Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 
 (916)681-3888
 
 Tribal Conneczion 
 10464 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove, CA
 Gina Bustos
 (916)206-3265 
 
 
SPONSORSHIP / VENDORS CONTACT
 Joyce Vitug 
 916-320-8864
 sacculturefest@gmail.com