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Imua / Bio

Traditional & Contemporary Hawaiian music with a touch of R&B and whole lot of Aloha!

Alex Ohumelemele Medeiros - Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele:
Born in Kailua, Oahu, I moved to California in 1983. I’ve been on the mainland for a long time, however I still know my roots. The only formal training I’ve had in music is with the Kailua High school Madrigals choir, directed by a Shigeru Hotoke. Being a Madrigal, I’ve had the privilege of touring three times around the world and perfomed in many different venues perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha. Today many years later and a few bands later, I’m still perpetuating the Spirit of Aloha. I’ve learned to sing and play from the heart, hopefully it will touch people and make that moment special and meaningful. Music is an international language no matter what you sing, if it’s sung from the heart. We have formed this band, bringing together different genres, possibilities and the talent that God has given us. We call our self “IMUA”, it means to go forward and as we move forward today, we grow as one and become stronger in life. I’m blessed to be surrounded with so much talent and passion. We inspire each other and learn from each other. I’m proud to be apart to this group, we call IMUA.

James Kaleo Bent - Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Ukulele, Slack Key Guitar:
Coming from a musical family, I've been playing music all my life. My father was from Hawaii and my mother from the mainland. It was always important to me to incorporate both cultures, so I believe that is why I love to blend Hawaiian music with R&B. I play multiple instruments and sing. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, I started touring at the age of seventeen with Hall of Fame musician, Joe Tex, then went on to being a studio musician. I've played in numerous bands performing Gospel, Jazz, R&B, contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music. Music is my passion and spreading Aloha is what it’s all about for me.

Ben Akoni Reyes - Vocals, Keyboards, Ukulele:
I’ve performed in various bands since I was 14 years old and have been fortunate to travel across the U.S., Canada and Japan. I played keyboards on the multi-platinum album, Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel. Being of Polynesian descent, the Islands are within me, along with the ideals of "aloha". Sun, sand, ocean, mountains and ohana are important to me. It is my hope that when we perform, the audience will remember their favorite time in the islands, that we bring back memories of that special time & place, and that they truly feel a part of the show. I feed off the smiles and happiness of the audience and it's what makes performing special and rewarding to me.

General Info

Band Members
Alex Ohu Medeiros - Multi-Instrumentalist, James Kaleo Bent - Multi-Instrumentalist, Ben "Akoni" Reyes - Multi-Instrumentalist
Artist Name
Imua
Profile Page
https://www.reverbnation.com/imua
Active Since
09/13
Genres
World / Tradtional & Contemporary Hawaiian Music with a to

Contact Info

Location
Livermore, CA

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