International ukulele virtuoso and songwriter, Taimane, experienced a breakout year in 2017 launching herself into the national psyche thanks to performances in front of crowds of over 10,000 at iconic venues Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the Gorge Amphitheater and her selling out a host of shows on the west coast and east coast during her first ever headline tours. Concert-goers and arts presenters alike responded with glowing praise and excitement.
Since that time, Taimane has continued to build momentum filling venues across America, performing to a crowd of over 20,000 at The Staples Center in Los Angeles and releasing a new album ‘Elemental,’ which illuminates her maturation into a complete artist-songwriter, virtuoso, singer and producer.
On the recording which features a song for each element (‘Water,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Air,’ ‘Earth’ and ‘Ether’), Taimane continues her exploration of natural and metaphysical worlds and successfully weaves several distinct threads (classical, latin and ethereal) into a cohesive cloth, one that looks and feels like its unique creator – contemplative, as well as playful and fun.
2018 also saw Taimane receive much attention around the globe through her collaboration with the Playing For Change (PFC) organization. PFC released two, live Taimane videos, Pluto – King of the Underworld (Hades)* and The Moon*, that have amassed over 350,000 views with more PFC video releases still to come.
While this rise in popularity felt like a lightning strike in many ways, Taimane’s journey to this position has not been overnight. She began performing in public at age 10, busking in Waikiki in her home state of Hawaii every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home and workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a place in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. At 17, Taimane received her own show, a Friday night residency at the expansive Hyatt Regency in the heart of Waikiki. Taimane’s artistic lifeline came shortly thereafter when she enrolled at the University of Hawaii and discovered the arts venues of Honolulu’s Chinatown where she was given the opportunity to take her instrument of choice, the ukulele, in whatever musical direction her heart desired.
Fast forward to today, and you have an artist whose soul shines through in every performance, presenting a sound and style all her own. From Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, Taimane captivates upon first sight and ignites a fire thereafter channeling her passion into her instrument and busting the door wide open for connection with her audience. Supreme artistry meets spell-binding entertainment.
Through this magical combination, Taimane (her birthname which means diamond in Samoan, the heritage and native home of her mother) has garnered a worldwide audience – over 9 million video views and 90,000 social media followers amassed in DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion. With support from the music industry now coming forward, there appears no limit to how bright this diamond will shine.
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