New Zealand-bred singer-songwriter Noah Slee is taking the R&B/Neo-Soul world by storm. His music is a mix that includes the sounds of his Tongan heritage and is contagious. Slee whose real name is Tau Manukia grew up in a musical family and he performed with his siblings doing Polynesian floor shows.
When he got to high school he and his friends started a band named Spacifix and the music was funk-oriented. The band only recorded one album but they did chart with the single, Sunshine Day. The band also opened up for such artists as Christina Aguilera and the English band, UB40. In 2011 he decided to move to Europe and settled in Berlin, Germany. There he absorbed the art scene and changed his name professionally to Noah Slee. Reflecting on his indigenous roots he started seeing things differently and asking himself the question, how do our personal histories influence who we are in the present? This reflection caused the way he writes and his lyrics to change to a more conscience awakening. Therefore his music now mixes, R&B, soul, and electronica with influences of his Tongan heritage. Slee says his musical influences growing up were Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Prince, Billy Holiday, Radiohead, and more.
He made his solo debut in 2016 with the EP, To Your Inner Hippie & Cos You Fly as Fuck which caught the attention of beatmaster, producer Jordan Rakei, and others. He quickly recorded his second EP, Twice, check out the song America it's funk, and the lyrics reflect where his heart is. He just released his latest single, Golden featuring Joy Denalane and on April 29th will release his new full-length album, It Takes A Village. Now that things are getting back to normal with live music and concerts... he will be on tour and we hope he makes stops here in the U.S., especially here in NYC. Check out this spiritually awakened creative force and support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!
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