The group is currently touring Croatia with the Kralj Tomislav Ensemble and Maori Kapa Haka group “Te Roopu O Aotearoa” from New Zealand. The Kiwi-Samoans, who sing traditional Croatian songs in Croatian, have been a hit since arriving last week.
The group, made up of Christian Malietoa-Brown, Freddy Lewis, Easton Malietoa-Brown, Geoff Ioane, Kulu Liava’a, Austin Malietoa-Brown and Taka Vuni, have had appearances on Croatian breakfast television, national radio, and have been featured by most of the country’s leading media outlets. The group, who are guided by one of Croatia’s leading cultural exports – former Lado member and now Auckland-based cultural teacher Goran Kacurov, have drawn wide praise from the Croatian public.
“Amazing. That bought a tear to my eye, these guys are awesome!”
“Beautiful. I have heard some foreigners sing Croatian songs before but these guys are the best by far.”
“Wow, bravo guys! It makes me proud of my culture when I listen to these guys sing.”
Were just a few of the hundreds of comments on social media in Croatia when the video of them performing went viral.
This is when and where the 3 groups will be performing on their Croatia tour.
1 – 5 July – The group participates in a multi-national Folklore festival in Velika Gorica, Zagreb, with concert multiple performances in Velika Gorica and on Trg Ban Jelacica.
5 July – Concert in Zagreb
7 July – Concert in Podgora, Split-Dalmatia Region
8 July – Concert in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Hercegovina
9 July – Concert in Tucepi, Split Dalmatia Region
10 July – Concert in Metkovic, Dubrovnik-Neretva Region
11 July – Concert in Zagvozd, Split Dalmatia Region
13 July – Concert in Korcula Town
14 July – Concert in Blato, Korcula
15 July – Concert in Pupnat. Korcula