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KeAloha - EPK

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'O KeAloha ko'u inoa
                         My name is KeAloha

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Pronunciation kay - ah - loh - hah

Pronouns they/ them/ she/ her

Genre Indigi-Pop, Alt RnB, Folk-Fusion

BIO

KeAloha { kay - ah - loh - hah | they/ she } is a mixed-Indigenous and chronically-ill artist based in so-called “Vancouver, BC". Their music carries essences of Alternative RnB, Latin-fusion, and Dream Pop mixed with sounds inspired by their Hawaiian, Tahitian and Lheidli T'enneh Indigeneity. "Dynamic, multi-pronged musical paradise. Grounded, Elevated, oceanic, bars, all of it" (Music Waste Festival 2022). ​KeAloha weaves soundscapes of Indigi-Pop wonder, fluidly owning the stage as a vocalist, drummer, and dancer.  

KeAloha’s young love for tap dance led her Mama to surprise her with drum lessons when she was 12. At 18 KeAloha moved to xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in 2014 where she achieved a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drums on full scholarship, while diving into performance and session work.

This project was born out of necessity. “Living with chronic illness is like being a bird asked to learn a life on the ground. What I have cultivated is the power in shape-shifting, the beauty in unplanned paths, the relationships that bloom through deepened empathy, and the ancestral voices of resilience.” KeAloha’s music is a manifestation for the world we are weaving that centers disabled, queer, and Two-Spirit people, and liberation of all our relations. 

​KeAloha’s second single, was nominated to CBC Searchlight Top 100 in 2021. “Mama’s Hands celebrates my Mom, Nani, who raised me and my 2 older siblings… and celebrates our triumphs as a low income, brown, femme gang hailing from the North-West of Turtle Island” said KeAloha (Aesthetic Magazine). Their third single - Mahina - reached #13 in the Indigenous Music Countdown, “under a groove with rnb, soul and pop intonations, the singer mixes and interweaves the sounds in a percussive instrumentation and a tenderly beautiful song.“ (Iggy Magazine).

​The spring of 2021 to present has seen KeAloha across stages and circles in Turtle Island, including Banff Centre for the Arts, Oahu Indigenous Youth Workers gathering, Indigenous Day Live presented by APTN, Music Waste, Vines Festival, and Shipyards Festival. 

KeAloha opens portals that traverse hope & lament, heartbreak & remedy. A Two-Spirit and Mahu person, a chronically ill time-bender and shapeshifter, music is part of KeAloha's commitment to collective liberation. Their upcoming debut album, “Pieces of Who I am” is a fierce & tender soundtrack for the revolution of our youth.

LINEAGE

I am a Great-Great-Grandchild of Granny Seymour, “Matriarch of the North” of the

Lheidli T’enneh Nation; medicine woman, trapper, crafter, and knowledge keeper.

I am the Great Grandchild of Captain Owen Browne - father of my Grandpa Earl Browne,

who passed the traditions of Hawaiian and Tahitian dances

down to my Mom, Nani Browne, who in turn taught my siblings and I.

Our Mom's Mom was Lorraine Grove, descended from Irish-English farmer-settlers.

I am paternally descended from Chinese immigrants.

Music, dance, and storytelling are vessels for me to express

the wisdom of disabled, queer, Indigenous, Two-Spirit, and Mahu identities.

LANDS

I grew up in the urban centre of so-called "Prince George, BC" in my native Lheidli T'enneh territory. When I was 18 I moved to the unsurrendered ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations ("Vancouver, BC").

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LIVE PERFORMANCES

"Home"
(Centering Indigenous Joy, 2023)

"Rising"
(Access Festival, 2023)

MUSIC VIDEOS

"Mama's Hands"

"Mahina"

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Upcoming Shows

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"I’ve gone through lots of adaptations as I’ve explored living with chronic illness and learnt about how dance would have to show up differently in my life at certain times, which ended up giving more space for starting my own original music project.My music project is about telling stories and fuelling Indigenous resurgence. "

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