Mana Poly All-Stars (MPA) is no stranger to the music industry. With well over 20 years of combined experience, they have had success in both the retail and radio charts, in addition, to posting numerous “Number 1 Hits” on Polynesian radio stations...
Mana Poly All-Stars (MPA) is no stranger to the music industry. With well over 20 years of combined experience, they have had success in both the retail and radio charts, in addition, to posting numerous “Number 1 Hits” on Polynesian radio stations along the west coast, the Polynesian triangle, Guam, Saipan, and the Micro and Melanesian islands. MPA’s fortune is accredited to a sound which they have pioneered together–urban island music.
The Unity Concert, hosted by SolKrush Entertainment on July 5, 2008, was the backdrop for the release of MPA’s sophomore album, “riddim + blues.” The perfect blend of Jamaican riddims and sultry R&B vocals is what sets this album apart from any other.
Mana Poly All-Stars is rapidly gaining mainstream recognition. Performing at the after party for the Tanner Hall film premiere in September 2008, being selected for the Puma Fragrances “Puma Flowing” campaign in October 2008, licensing by Warren Miller Entertainment for Ford Motor Company and sharing the stage with national reggae artist Morgan Heritage in 2007 are a few examples of this. Other indications of their growing popularity are being nominated for the 2007 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards), winning the Best Out of County Artist/Group award at the Fifth Annual Orange County Music Awards, being nominated for Best R&B at the First Annual Southern California Music Awards, selected as the Salt Lake City, UT finalist for the 2006 Virgin College Mega Tour and their placement with the Annual Legends of Rasta Reggae Festival Tour: Universal Love 2006 (formerly known as the Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour). Joining that tour set Mana Poly All-Stars in a line up with nationally recognized artists Wayne Wonder, Ky-Mani Marley, Shinehead and more.
“Mana,” meaning power or great spirit, is the driving force behind this skillful sensation. “Poly,” the shortened version of the word Polynesian, is the culture and heritage of which they are a part. In trying to put together the best Polynesian group imaginable, they sought out musicians who were already established in that particular market. The collaboration of these musical innovators and brilliant song writers helped derive the term “All-Stars.” Thus, the caliber of talent this group possesses is what makes them truly unique.
Formed in the summer of 1999, the Mana Poly All-Stars is definitely setting a new world-wide trend in music. The accomplishments of this eight member ensemble are only the beginning of many great things to come. All that is gained and learned will be reinvested in an effort to inspire and provide avenues for other Polynesian artists who also wish to pursue their dreams. Join MPA as they embark on their mission to spread “feel good” positive music in their communities and throughout the world.
MPA win Social Action Song Award by Independent Music Awards For Immediate Release January 14, 2009 SALT LAKE CITY’S OWN MANA POLY ALL-STARS AMONG WINNERS OF THE 8TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS Salt Lake City based Mana Poly All-Stars is among a diverse...
Mana Poly All-Stars: 4 star Review by City Weekly A huge untapped market (at least by most mainstream press outlets) of Polynesian artists resides in Utah and releases like Mana Poly All-Stars Riddim + Blues aren’t given their full due. Hopefully,...
MPA win Social Action Song Award by Independent Music Awards For Immediate Release January 14, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY’S OWN MANA POLY ALL-STARS AMONG WINNERS OF THE 8TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Salt Lake City based Mana Poly All-Stars is among a diverse group of independent artists named as Winners of the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards (IMA) program. Mana Poly All-Stars release “Gunshots” was named the winner of the Social Action Song category.
Fusion reggae band, Mana Poly All-Stars, ingeniously combines sultry R&B vocal stylings with the prominent basslines and drum patterns of Jamaican reggae. “Gunshots” is a tale of two true life stories destroyed by senseless gun crimes and gang violence. Mana Poly All-Stars call all who hear this song to action—unite. In addition to many music award nominations, this IMA award is the second award won by this dynamic group. Their first victory was at the 5th Annual Orange County Music Awards in 2006.
Reflecting the breadth of the independent music community, this year’s IMA Winners and Finalists were culled from thousands of submissions worldwide, including the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Cuba, China, Mongolia, Republic of Guinea, Israel, South Africa, Italy, France and Sweden. Additionally, they represent every level of experience including a variety of seasoned recording artists.
A 50-person judging panel consisting of influential artists and industry decision makers including Peter Gabriel, Suzanne Vega, Roger Daltrey, George Jones, Buddy Guy, Keith Urban, James “Blood” Ulmer, Butch Walker,
Paquito D’Rivera, Lee Ritenour, and others determined this year’s
Winners in 50+ Music and Design categories.
The following artists are among those who received Independent Music Awards alongside Mana Poly All-Stars this year: Martin Sexton (Live Performance Album), Jaime Lidell (Pop/Rock Album), Dan Zanes (Children’s Album), The Cute Lepers (Punk Album), April Smith (Pop/Rock Song), Sweatshop Union (Rap/ Hip-Hop Song), The Redwalls (College Label Release, Drexel University), Blackheart Records (Indie Label Web Site), Leerone (Music Video), The Trews (Hard Rock/ Metal Song), The Wilders (Alt. Country Album),Tony Trischka (Americana Album), Jeff Healey (Blues Album), Dengue Fever (World Fusion Album) and Lucy Wainwright Roche (Folk/ Singer-Songwriter Song).
Additionally, many past IMA Winners and Finalists credit the program for boosting their profile with festival and club talent buyers, distributors, publishers, radio programmers, record label A&R and fans. Previous winners include Apples In Stereo, Koko Taylor, Lacuna Coil, Joan As Policewoman, Miguel Migs, Sugarcult, Chris Whitley, Richard Julian,
Speech, Val Emmich, Hoots & Hellmouth, Bitter:Sweet, Jennifer Nettles, God Forbid, Mary Gauthier, Eleni Mandell, Girl In A Coma, The Mooney Suzuki, Phil Roy, Miko Marks and Kristy Kruger.
ABOUT THE INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS
Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry print and online contact database, The Musician’s Atlas & co-sponsors that include online retailers eMusic and PureVolume; radio promotion firm
The Planetary Group; radio tracking service, MediaGuide; HD radio station eRockster.com; online digital networks maniaTV & The Stream TV, PunkNews.org, CMJ Music Marathon, music community Sound Click, Venus Zine, LIFEbeat, SESAC and Rock the Vote, IMA Winners are promoted to more than 15 Million music fans & key industry players.
Unlike songwriting competitions and band contests that award cash prizes, The IMAs is a unique, international program that helps vetted indie artists and releases overcome mainstream obstacles and reach wider audiences via strategic partnerships and active promotions.
• Winners & Finalists are featured in the 2009 of The Musician’s Atlas– the independent musicians’ and entrepreneurs’ definitive guide to the music business, distributed throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
• Yearlong marketing campaigns, partnerships and distribution alliances that will place the Winners in front of millions of music fans and industry decision makers around the world.
• Winners tracks are included on the IMA CD compilation, Now Hear This distributed at major music events and serviced to 700+ USA & Canadian public & college radio stations by The Planetary Group a leading radio promotions company.
• CD compilation promoted to 4 million+ eMusic subscribers
• CD compilation promoted to 2 million+ Pure Volume customers
• Winners and Finalists will be featured on the maniaTV and The Stream TV Internet networks.
• More promotions and performances will be announced in the 2nd quarter of 2009.
“Vox Populi” Voting Determines IMA People’s Choice Winners
As in previous years, thousands of music fans around the world select their favorites and cast their votes at the Vox Populi Jukebox for all Music, Design and Video categories. While this “peoples choice” vote does not affect the Judges’ final decisions, these IMA Vox Populi winners will be announced early next year and benefit from yearlong print, online, broadcast, live performance and event promotions alongside formal Winners.
Vox Populi Voting will remain open through April, 2009.
In addition to honors in 50 music categories, including Social Action Song, the 8th Annual IMAs also recognize achievements in several creative design categories including Album Packaging, Album Photography, Poster Art, Band Website, Indie Record Label Website and Swag.
Live Concert Photography, Artist/Band Press Photo, Cover Song and Ringtone categories were added to this year’s program. New categories and events planned for the 9th Independent Music Awards will be announced later in the month when submissions for the next IMA program resumes.
For a complete list of program details and Judges for the 8th Annual IMAs go to: www.IndependentMusicAwards.com.
For more information about Mana Poly All-Stars, visit them online: www.myspace.com/manapolyallstars or
contact Jillana S. AhLoe at (801)372-0309.
Get Connected: www.myspace.com/theindependentmusicawards
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Mana Poly All-Stars: 4 star Review by City Weekly A huge untapped market (at least by most mainstream press outlets) of Polynesian artists resides in Utah and releases like Mana Poly All-Stars Riddim + Blues aren’t given their full due. Hopefully, that will change sooner than later. Most reggae groups in Utah can’t cut it and have a Trustafarian (trust fund + Rastafarian) attitude and nature. Mana Poly is legit and have the R&B to back up their traditional reggae roots. Lyrics on songs like “Gunshots” enforce this and encourage working with the realities of the little noticed underbelly of Utah’s streets by dealing with issues of small decisions that bleed into huge mistakes of life-and-death ramifications. Tight harmonies abound on this release and put the blues behind the riddim in this excellently produced work. Local vocals usually don’t have the true depth to complement this style of music but Mana Poly blessedly pull it off. This is perfect party music. Put it in and crank it up with the All-Stars.