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PAULA FUGA

CULTURAL VOICE

Though Fuga is no strict traditionalist, her birthplace and the legacy of her ancestors are prominent in her music. “When you grow up in a place heavily influenced by native culture, you’re influenced by it,” she said. “The accent, the diction, that’s my roots.” Though her influences are an eclectic mix including Motown and Reggae, the sounds of her kapuna are the foundation. “Sometimes when you play the ukulele and you turn it a certain way in the wind there’s a ring that gets left behind, this beautiful resonant note that captures the strings in the right way. That’s when the wind is playing the ukulele for you.” That sound is a timeless echo of generations past.

“When you’re given a gift, it’s your responsibility to use that gift to help others.”