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Musicians and fans mourn the loss of Laga Savea

Alice Lolohea | Reporter/Director/Videographer

With hits like ‘Take Me Away’, ‘Pretty Lady’ and ‘Nanakuli’, Laga Savea was a household name for fans of Poly roots/reggae music.

Today it was announced the Hawaiian musician had passed away, and tributes have begun to flow online honouring the singer, songwriter and musician.

A proud son from Nanakuli, Hawaii, Savea got his musical start as the drummer for the group Hot Rain. He worked alongside artists such as Kiwini Vaitai and Siaosi and had opened for Fiji, Arrested Development and Yellow Man.

In 2007 he released ‘Roots Satisfaction’, an album which brought him much acclaim and saw him collaborate with one of his musical inspirations, singer/songwriter Fiji.

Fiji took to Instagram to share his grief, “I have & will always embrace you forever in my heart like my own flesh & blood go in power my beloved uso Laga Savea #forever #gamechanger.”

Other artists and fans have also paid tribute online:


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