BIO


Tana began his career as a teenager in Samoa with the band from the legendary Mount Vaea Nightclub in Apia, the most popular club of it’s time under his mentor Oli Brown. After securing his place in the band Tana quickly became one of the favourite singers, both with locals and the large number of tourists that visited the island. The band toured Samoa and featured Tana on the following self titled album.

After the album was released Tana was sent to New Zealand to work with former Mount Vaea member Pene Matautia who was now well established in his own right with the Kokonut band, a fixture in the West Auckland scene for some time. Tana joined Pene with his new band at Club Leon while they worked on his first solo recording. Quickly releasing his first single back in Samoa called ‘Samoa Manaia’ which Tana followed up with his album ‘Mealelei’.

With the first album selling well in Samoa, Tana was approached to record a second album in Los Angeles. However after spending weeks writing material and only recording one track that was to remain unreleased Tana decided to return to New Zealand. While In Los Angeles however he had met future collaborator Sam Tu’uga, of Jamoan Jam and Pacific Soul. Upon returning to New Zealand Tana and Sam began to work on an album. Half way through recording Sam and his family relocated to Brisbane. Tana visited Australia to finish the album ‘Natural’ and while he was there was cast as the lead in an independent feature film.

His first indie film was initially a sideline to his recording, but he quickly found that other acting roles followed. A second indie film and a string of short films then lead to his securing the lead role as Ethan, a psychologically disturbed young man in ‘Tin God’ by Jake Reedy.

In 2009 Tana worked on Jake Reedy’s second film ‘Loyalty’ in which he plays Miller, the chilling captive being held by four criminals. This was followed by ‘Who Pays the Hitman’ in which he plays Father James Donelly, a young priest who’s world is destroyed and faith put to the test in a single night.

In 2010 Tana returned briefly to music, recording a five track EP for itunes release which featured a cover of the Michael Jackson hit ‘Human Nature’ and ‘Friends’, penned the week Heath Ledger passed away. It was important to pay tribute to two people he admired. Tana had been front and center at the Michael Jackson concert in Auckland New Zealand on the world tour that would prove to be Jackson’s last.

2010 also saw Tana take on a new challenge establishing his production company ‘Get Reel Films’ to work on the Samoan themed horror ‘Still Waters’. Tana wrote and directed the directed the film which will screen in Cannes May 2011.

In January 2011 the Brisbane floods saw Tana’s residence and Get Reel Films Base in West End go underwater, wiping out almost everything. Despite this Tana, with the support of many of his friends in the local film community, has rallied to quickly re-establish himself. He has been cast in Jake Reedy’s third film ‘Consequence’, has finalized post-production on ‘Still Waters’ and ‘Tin God’ developed and shot a trailer for ‘REAP’ as well as producing a music video for Sydney ska/punk band ‘Chris Duke and The Royals’.

Other projects in the pipeline include the drama ‘2 Degrees’ and potentially another music release.