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Yoza to perform free concert at Kimo’s

By Staff | Oct 9, 2014

Yoza has redefined the sound of “acoustic soul” through her hip hop, R&B and Latin influences.

LAHAINA – Known for turning acoustic music on its ear, Yoza will perform a free concert at Kimo’s Restaurant from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Yoza took to music early, learning to play the ukulele at age five in Hawaii. By the time she turned ten, she performed with world-renowned ukulele master Roy Sakuma as a “Super Keiki.”

Not being bound by one instrument, she then began playing the saxophone at age 12 with her school’s symphonic orchestra. The two years that followed were filled with many musical accolades as a saxophone player. This included a position as first seat, first chair in the Hawaii State Select Band. Her accomplishments also led to her being offered a full musical scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University.

Fast forward to the present with her fusion of hip hop, R&B and Latin influences, Yoza has redefined the sound of “acoustic soul.”

From her rich, palpable ballads to her show-stopping upbeat renditions, Yoza has been featured in many articles, television performances and interviews, including “Living Local,” “Pakele Live,” “Cool Corona Nights,” “HI Sessions,” Real Word Magazine, FLUX Magazine, Waikiki Magazine, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, and Local Entertainment Magazine.

Yoza performed at the Waikiki Shell in the summer of 2012 with Matt Catingub and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. On July 4, 2012, she headlined the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Independence Day Fireworks show and concert extravaganza.

Venues in Hawaii that Yoza has had residency include the Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki, RumFire at the Sheraton Waikiki, Mai Tai Bar Ala Moana, The Study at The Modern Honolulu, Apartme3nt and Dave & Busters.

Currently residing in California, she has performed in Los Angeles venues, including the Hard Rock Hollywood, Hotel Cafe, The Charleston, and Room 5.