Phil Fuemana

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Phil Fuemana
Birth name Philip Fuemana
Born (1964-01-06)6 January 1964
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 28 February 2005(2005-02-28) (aged 41)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, songwriter, singer, mentor
Years active 1990–2005
Labels Urban Pasifika Records
Associated acts OMC, Pauly Fuemana, Matty J Ruys, Fuemana, Houseparty

Philip "Phil" Fuemana (6 January 1964 – 28 February 2005) was a New Zealand musician. Affectionately known as "the Godfather of South Auckland", he was highly regarded for his work in South Auckland in establishing the urban Pasifika sound.[1][2]

Fuemana died of a heart attack at his Auckland home in 2005.[2]


Fuemana was a soul group consisting of Phil and siblings Tony, Christina and Pauly Fuemana as well as Matty J Ruys. Initially performing as Houseparty, the group released a single on Southside records, before moving to Deepgrooves and recording as Fuemana.[3]


The Otara Millionaire's Club was originally formed in 1993 by Phil Fuemana.[4] Fuemana and his younger brother Pauly Fuemana recorded two tracks as the new band for producer Alan Jansson's Urban Pacifica collection, Proud.[4]

Pauly suggested that they shorten the band's name to just the initials, and thereafter, he and Jansson were OMC. Pauly became the public face of the band and its primary performer, serving as the frontman and playing several instruments during performances and tours. However, the music was created by both of them, with Jansson co-writing all of the tracks and handling most of the arrangement and production duties in the studio. The OMC reached worldwide fame in 1995 with the single "How Bizarre", from the debut album of the same name.[5]


Albums with Fuemana[edit]

Year Title Details Peak chart
1994 New Urban Polynesian
  • Label: Deepgrooves Entertainment
  • Catalogue: DG018
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles with Fuemana[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1994 "Rocket Love" New Urban Polynesian
"Closer" 35
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Obit. Phil Fuemana". Amplifier. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Hip-hop stars farewell mentor". NZ Herald. 5 March 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Deepgrooves - Fuemana". Dub Dot Dash. 
  4. ^ a b Field, Michael (8 February 2010). "Pauly Fuemana: Otara's star flared but briefly". Dominion Post. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Musician Pauly Fuemana dies". 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b "DISCOGRAPHY FUEMANA". Retrieved 6 September 2013. 

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