Bio

 

About King Wawa

 

King Wawa’s sound is a fusion of world music. Rooted in Africa, his influences also include music from the Caribbean, Americas, Asia, Pacific Island, and Europe. He will be releasing a new single, “Haiti Will Rise Again”.

King Wawa, is an accomplished songwriter, singer, percussionist, guitarist, actor, and model. He grew up performing folkloric and traditional Haitian, African and Caribbean music and has been influenced by different pop artists from around the world. King Wawa’s love and gift for music distinguished him quickly, in the world music scene where he played with many well-established local and international bands.


He has delighted audiences as a solo artist and with his band The Oneness Kingdom at numerous World Music. Festivals. He shared the stage with musical artists such as, Baaba Mal ,Pete Escovedo and, Judy Mowatt of Bob Marley and the I-Three’s band.


King Wawa celebrated the release of his debut album, Oneness, in 1998. The album received extensive airplay on radio stations on the East and West Coasts, kicking off a 1999 Northwest summer tour. King Wawa’s newest album, Respect Movement was released in February of 2006, it was officially distributed by City Hall Records, November 2007 worldwide. King Wawa and The Oneness Kingdom Band continue there Musical mission of delivering the best in uplifting and danceable music loved by audiences everywhere.

King Wawa’s History

King Wawa lived in the neighborhood of the most popular musical groups including Nemour Jean Baptiste , the creator of the "Compas Direct" style of music that most African/Carribean/Latin bands play. His love and gift for music quickly distinguished him in the African/Carribean/Latin music scene where he frequently played Afro-Caribbean music and African/Carribean/Latin popular music with many well-established local and international bands. His diverse musical background also proved most valuable at the Salesians Vocational School where he was an instructor of percussion.


Relocating to California's north coast a few years later, his musical talents were showcased in a variety of performances with dance companies Orinoco, Juve from Trinidad, Congolese and Dimensions. King Wawa also shined bright in collaborations with many San Francisco Bay Area bands like Junglz Apart , The Caribbean All Stars, George and the Wonders and the DV8 Band . During this time, Wawa shared the stage at Bay Area shows with The Meditations from England and even played percussion for the great Reggae legend, Burning Spear . Wawa has also performed with Judy Mowatt (who gained fame as one of the I-Threes singing backup vocals for Bob Marley and The Wailers). In 1994, Oakland's Soul Beat Television Studios gave King Wawa the opportunity to share space with The Fugees. To promote music festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was a featured artist on Channel 5's Latin Tempo Show.


King Wawa and the Oneness Kingdom Band have delighted audiences at numerous World Music festivals and street fairs in the 90's including Art In The Park, The San Francisco Blues and Jazz Festival, Crockett Festival, Peddlers Fair, Solano Stroll and the Contra Costa County Fair. King Wawa was the leader of his own band, Brimad from 1990 to 1995 and during that time, he gained attention performing at clubs in Oakland, San Francisco and Marin County, California.


King Wawa and The Oneness Kingdom Band celebrated the release of their debut album, Oneness in 1998. The album received extensive airplay on radio stations on the East and West Coasts, which kicked off their 1999 summer tour emanating in Portland, Oregon and Washington State - where they received an enthusiastic reception including a well received performance at the popular Bohemian Club in Seattle, Washington.

The new millennium will find King Wawa and the Oneness Kingdom Band continuing their musical mission of delivering the best in uplifting and danceable music loved by audiences everywhere!