Introducing KeAloha

{ kay - ah - loh - hah } she/her, & discovering

KeAloha is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/dancer.
The youngest of three, raised by their Mom, her heart’s foundation comes from upholding each other in solidarity, and creating somethings-from-nothings.


KeAloha's music explores being a Person of Colour with Indigenous ancestry, born and raised on a colonized land; being a femme in music; and living with chronic illness. Her debut single entitled 2Lips is now available on Bandcamp.

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"Mama’s Hands celebrates my Mom, Nani, who raised me and my 2 older siblings with somethings-from-nothings,” said KeAloha. “This song celebrates our triumphs as a low income, brown, femme gang hailing from the North-West of Turtle Island.”

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'O KeAloha ko'u inoa

MY NAME IS KEALOHA

 

Part I. The Origins:

KeAloha rises through her voice as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and dancer. Her seed as an artist was planted on day one: learning the traditional dance of her Hawaiian and Tahitian Ohana; her further mixed ancestry continues to lead her to heart-songs. KeAloha’s young love for tap dance inspired her career as a drummer, and at 18 she moved to the unceded, ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations. KeAloha's creations focus on empowering the most tender parts in herself, as she explores being a P.O.C. of mixed and Indigenous ancestry, living on stolen land, being a femme, and living with disability.

 

Part II. The Scene:

KeAloha has been a usual suspect as a drummer and vocalist in Vancouver’s jazz, fusion, Latinx, RnB, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, and Pop scenes; including performances at The Orpheum, The Wisehall, Museum of Anthropology, Guilt & Co, Deer Lake Gallery, Khatsalano St. Fest, The Railway, Indigifest (Victoria), Glitterball Fest, & Experimental Waves. KeAloha has collaborated with and learned from artists including Tonye Aganaba, Ruby SinghKimmortalJosh EastmanLeela Gilday, and Marc Merileinen.

 

Part III. The Creds:

KeAloha was nominated to the top 100 of CBC Searchlight 2021 out of over 2500 artists.

KeAloha has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance as a drummer (2018).

In 2018 she was selected nationwide to perform with the TD Youth Jazz Summit in Ottawa’s International Jazz Festival.

In 2019 she performed with CYPHER in the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Later that year she had the privilege of joining Banff’s Indigenous Singer Songwriter residency, where she composed her first three singles for her newborn project, KeAloha.

Part IV. Previous Projects:

Sweetz

PRIMARY Trio

Cumbia Galera

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Debut Single - 2lips - OUT NOW on Bandcamp

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