“The WhatItDo has been providing exclusive interviews on some of the hottest Polynesian men and women in the music business right now. We caught up with R&B/Reggae singer Neti Taumoepeau a.k.a Miss 676! Showing that it is possible to create mainstream music while staying true to your roots, this Tongan beauty from Utah shares experiences from her musical journey so far and what to expect from her new album.”
“The title says it all and its a great collection of tradional Tongan music.The choices of songs are interesting and performed brilliantly.If you can only afford one CD of Tongan Music,get this ONE.A great album to own and cherish!!”
“No need for hard core/ booming bass (what do i know about music) Anyways I love tongan music. I dont know what the songs are referring to. But I love the vocals/guitarists... Its better than Boom/Boom/Clap. Love you Kolokakala! love you 676 God bless Each and every one of YOU. what a combination. Job well Done.”
"I have been wanting to record an album like this for a long time and finally it's coming true" says Neti Taumoepeau of 676. Her first full-length Tongan album is set to be released this Spring with all proceeds from the record sales to be donated to the Tongan Red Cross. 676's Tongan album pays homage to some of the most influential and universally respected musicians and song writers from her homeland of Tonga, among them are the late Queen Salote Tupou III, Tu'imala, and many more. "It was very important for me to keep to the authentic traditional Tongan sound and lyrics while recording this album as a way to show respect for these amazing music artists who transformed Tongan music into a form of poetry and art" says Taumoepeau.
"The Promise" was written specifically for the Hype Movement. Different issues in our community were embedded in the back of the mind of 676, however to make sure the right audience was targetted, the youth was the main focus. The first verse starts off with 676 - Neti Taumoepeau, and is symbolic of a parent or elder speaking to a child. The second verse of the song was recorded by her niece Abby Langi, (12 years old) and symbolizes the child's response, or the "promise" about to take place. In composing this song 676 wanted the lyrics to be something empowering for our young people. The chorus and the last bridge were all sung by the HYPE KIDS ranging in age from 5 - 13 years old which was a perfect touch and ending to the Hype song, "The Promise".
“For the average young adult musician, the abstract notion of piety is almost always obscured by hedonism and the allurements that are woven into the fabric of fame; the road to notoriety rarely begins with the idea of devolving into self-indulgence, yet, when fame rears its unruly head, desisting from the enticements of such fickle trappings becomes futile. But every now and then, an artist comes along with a movement that leaves the rest of the pack wallowing in their own haphazard definitions of what fame ought to espouse; a movement which allows filial compassion the freedom to flourish and mature into reality. For Neti Taumoepeau, better known in the music industry as 676, her connection to a rudimentary country—Tonga—moves beyond the dusty, unpaved roads that were once trodden by her forefathers, and delicately traces the great expanse of stars that have witnessed the dawning of her indigenous roots.”