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Joel Havea


  1. 1.
    Make Me Believe
  2. 2.
    'Uluaki Fepaki / Island Songs (feat. The Faupula Family Choir) - The Faupula Family Choir
  3. 3.
    Simple Things
  4. 4.
    Only Ever See You
  5. 5.
    Dinosaur Jam
What does it mean to be at home? The experience is different for everyone, but this feeling is universal.
For Joel Havea, listening to old Tongan music has always transported him to that place. Born to a Tongan father and Dutch mother in the friendly island's capital of Nuku’alofa, Joel was raised in the rich cultural landscape of Melbourne, Australia, and has spent the last decade living in the dynamic harbour city of Hamburg, Germany.
On his trio's new album “Ki 'a Lavaka”, Joel delves into the music from his country of birth for the first time paying homage to the long line of well-respected Havea songwriters from the tropical island Kingdom, going back many generations. The result is a reflection of his roots as a true world citizen, adding another element to his already eclectic style.
Since relocating to Europe, Joel has played hundreds of solo and trio shows (with the @JoelHaveaTrio) in over 20 countries, spanning 4 continents. In the process he has become a fixture on the festival and club circuit, with performance highlights including Bardentreffen World Music Festival (Nürnberg), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg), London Folk Festival, Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival (Australia), Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark), and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
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