Falefia Jr. Brandon Fuamatu
Falefia Jr. Brandon Fuamatu is a Tagata Pasefika with Samoan and Chinese ancestry. He comes from the village of Pava’ia’i in Tutuila, American Samoa. Falefia is a classically trained opera singer and arts administrator, and is setting groundwork in his community as a Pasefika orator and creative. Navigating the Moana (Pacific Ocean) communities of diaspora, his interests are in creating platform and foundation for Tagata Pasefika and other minority groups that are under-represented and ignored. His experience and work within the classical music industry has driven him to disrupt and explore the spaces in which true diversity and representation is lacking and/or non-existent. Falefia Jr/Brandon is working towards creative directing and curating inclusive and respectfully-disruptive artwork(s) that centers on queer+ identity, indigeneity, and modern-world navigation through a Pasefika lense. His goal is to foster and uplift community spaces that champion the diversity and perseverance of the Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian people.
I remind myself that all of who I am and what I have become are because of my parents, friends, loved ones, and my ancestors. Their love and guidance has helped me persevere and thrive.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.2nd Timothy 3:14