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Hi, my name is Fa’a (yes, that’s Samoan). I play keyboards in a reggae band with my better half, John. We are called Cultural Nation, and have been playing music together for about 7 years. I am also the very lucky mother of 3 beautiful children, who are all under the age of 5 (yeah, we didn’t plan that right). When I’m not jamming or mothering, I work at the nearby elementary school a few days a week doing parapro work, and I do freelance graphic designing for my sanity when I can. Needless to say, life can get hectic between live shows, studio recordings, rehearsals, school, graphics, kids, my weight-loss plans & the rest of life. I know I’m not alone.

Becoming a mother taught me one thing: you will never be prepared for the shitstorm that is about to become life. Nobody told me half the shit I’m disclosing on this blog, which is why I decided to start one. From my blog, you’ll gain the wisdom to tackle this #parentthing even if you don’t have family or friends around to help you (we didn’t, it can be done). I’ll also reveal the behind the scenes work that goes into one of my favorite things in the world: MUSIC. Music is Life. If you’ve ever wanted to pursue it, DO IT. You will find there is no feeling comparable to being onstage.

In the band, I play keyboards and sing backup-vocals for John, our lead singer. We are very fortunate and proud to have not 1, but 2 female keyboardists jamming. Our lead keyboardist, KC, is also accompanied by her other half Dillon, our humbly shy, but shredding guitarist. That’s TWO power couples on one stage at any given time. #Blessed. Our drummer, Rastan Raggah, is a talented, pocket mastermind. Our bassist Cliffmon is another genius bassist of our time. Our band plays regularly at a popular local bar, and we’re currently working on the release of new tracks. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for the next album, coming soon.

At home, my oldest son, Hohepa is 5yrs old, my daughter, Peatarangi, is 2, and my baby boy Ihaia just made 1. Their names, I know you’re wondering, are from the Maori culture in New Zealand (John’s heritage). Hohepa means Joseph, Peatarangi Agelu means heaven-blessed angel, and Ihaia is just fancy for Isaiah. They are gorgeous, absolutely beautiful kids. When they’re asleep. At the same time. Seriously, lol. They all love music, and try their hand at all of our instruments. We have only one rule (besides don’t break it), Make MUSIC, not noise. Still, they do a pretty good job of both.

In short, I’m pretty much running a miniature madhouse. This is the life of a Reggae Mom. Get involved and stay updated! Subscribe below to get updates sent to your email, or leave me a story/comment right below! I believe it takes a village to raise a kid, but I also think it takes a community to keep our sanity. Trust me, you’ll want to stay tuned, it’s about to get hilarious.

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