In the 16th Century, the Pepeve’a, a kingly Samoan fine mat was bestowed to Fonoti by his father, launching sibling rivalry and a war over titles and the kingship. Fonoti was successful, became king, and the battle was known as “Le Taua o le Pepeve’a”.
Written by Fonoti Pati Umaga, this new music work is a nod to his heritage and the parallels with Fonoti’s own battles as a disabled Samoan musician advocating through the arts, for his beloved Pacific disability community.
“Deep heartfelt thanks and alofa to all the family, friends, performers who contributed to this work and special acknowledgement to Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University and Accessibility/Imagine Better and the Kia Mau whānau.”– Fonoti Pati Umaga
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Pati Umaga, a musician and disability advocate, became a quadriplegic in 2005 when he slipped in the shower and broke his neck. In 2012, he was awarded a QSM for services to the Pacific community. In 2013, Pati was appointed by Minister Tariana Turia as one of four Whānau Ora champions. In 2019 he was the inaugural winner of the CNZ Pacific Arts Toa Awards and that same year was inducted into the Attitude Awards Hall of Fame.