Tha Feelstyle

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Tha Feelstyle is the stage name of award winning hip hop artist Kas Futialo, a New Zealander of Samoan descent. His first album was Break It To Pieces in 2004. Tha Feelstyle was born in Samoa and moved to New Zealand in the 1980s. He raps in English as well as the Samoan language.[1]


Tha Feelstyle won three awards at the 2005 Pacific Music Awards for his album Break it to Pieces.[2] He won Best Pacific Hip Hop Artist, Best Pacific Male Artist and Best Pacific Song for Suamalie/Ain't Mad at You.[3] Tha Feelstyle had been up against Scribe and Dei Hamo for some of the awards. Break It To Pieces won Best Album Cover at the 2005 NZ Music Awards.


Tha Feelstyle entered his first rap competition in 1987 and under the name of RIQ[4] was part of the Wellington hip hop duo Rough Opinion with Samoan rapper K.O.S. In the 1990s, he was a member of The Overstayers which included King Kapisi and DJ Raw (aka Ian Seumanu). He has also worked with Andy Morton (aka The Submariner) an experienced producer in Auckland who has worked with various New Zealand artists including King Kapisi and Che Fu. The music video for Tha Feelystyle's award winning single Suamalie/Ain't Mad at You was filmed in Samoa and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Chris Graham, the director of feature film Sione's Wedding.[5] The track also featured in the movie. In 2009, Tha Feelstyle is touring New Zealand with King Kapisi.[6] In 2008, Tha Feelstyle released the Samoan-language album Lokokasi. In March 2011, He released his third album Good Morning Samoa, at the Pasifika Festival. Good Morning Samoa was nominated for three awards at the 2012 Pacific Music Awards - for Best Pacific Male Artist, Best Pacific Language album, and Best Pacific Music Album.


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  3. ^ "Feelstyle dominates Pacific Music Awards". The New Zealand Herald. 12 March 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
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