Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Afele: I consider myself a Bay Area Native because I lived most of my Life here.. pretty much since I was a baby, mostly in SF, Bayshore and Geneva all day.. but I was born in Torrance,CA.
Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Afele: I feel like I was set on this path since birth. As far as really finding my voice and using my words/music/other kinds of art to express myself (and to express my gratitude for the Growth I have found within my Life) I am really just beginning.. with new eyes and a new found fearlessness that only comes from overcoming certain trials and tribulations. Love is the foundation.
Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Afele: It could be in my baby nieces smile or a quiet conversation with one of my closest aunties; in my Polynesian Roots, nature, struggles or within my Sisters and Brothers; it could be a night out with my cousins, at family gatherings or a spontaneous conversation with a stranger… The Bay Area! Meeting and connecting with people such as yourself is always a Blessing and very inspirational.
Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Afele: hmmm… wow! Its been a long time since then, dang I can’t even remember and I don’t have too much of a vinyl collection but the first record I ended up scratching the hell out of as a kid, on my regular ass turntables,was my Uncles copy of the “Do The Right Thing” soundtrack. lol!! I used to try my best to cut that thang up and emulate what I heard on the radio.
Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote? Afele: I Love all of my Family! I Love that God never gave up on me and has set me on a path that I am still getting used to. I am truly grateful for all the wonderful people that I have been meeting and connecting with, and for the opportunities for Growth that come with that. I wasn’t always so unafraid to express myself but I hope that whoever reads this will find their voice and the courage to express themselves from their Heart. My ultimate goal in Life is to buy my Mom a house… yup, not rent. Its time to connect and be a positive influence on each other… encourage each other to grow and progress and let Love and compassion be the foundation. Together, We can! One last thing: I want to share an old Samoan proverb that has become one of my favorites, “We are moved by Love but never driven by intimidation.” OneLove!