Common Kings

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Common Kings
OriginOrange County, California, United States
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsIsland Empire
  • Jr. King
  • Mata
  • Uncle Lui
  • Big Rome

Common Kings are an American/Hawaiian reggae band from Orange County, California. The band's debut album, Lost in Paradise, was nominated for a Grammy Award.


The band comprises 'Jr. King' (Sasualei Maliga) (vocals), Mata (Taumata Grey) (guitar), Uncle Lui (Ivan Kirimaua) (bass guitar), and Big Rome (Jerome Taito) (drums).[1] They formed while studying at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and began recording in 2011.[2] After releasing two EPs in 2013 (both of which were top ten hits on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart),[1][3][4] they toured Australia and New Zealand as a support act on Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience World Tour' in 2014.[2] They signed to Island Empire Records, who issued the 2015 EP Hits & Mrs., which peaked at number 2.[1][3]

Their 2017 album Lost in Paradise received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Reggae Album category,[5] and topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Their 2018 EP, One Day, reached number 2 on the chart.[3]


Albums, EPs[edit]

  • #Weontour Soundtrack EP (2013)
  • Summer Anthem EP (2013)
  • Hits & Mrs. EP (2015)
  • Lost in Paradise (2017)
  • One Day EP (2018)


  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy "Common Kings Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  2. ^ a b Garcia, David (2015) "Common Kings Became OC Reggae Royalty By Never Resting on Their Laurels", OC Weekly, October 2, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  3. ^ a b c Jackson, Kevin (2018) "Common Kings debuts at two on Billboard", Jamaica Observer, August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  4. ^ "Common Kings", Retrieved August 24, 2018
  5. ^ "Meet the Nominees: Common Kings", Retrieved August 24, 2018

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