KAS FUTIALO | APRA Member since 2001
Kas Futialo is a multi-award winning Hip Hop Artist for his work both in English and his native Samoan language. He’s well known by his peers as ThaFeelstyle.
Born in Samoa, he moved to New Zealand in the 1980's. He won the first NZ Rap Competition in Wellington in 1987 and started The Overstayerswth King Kapisi and DJ Raw. Kas began rapping in Samoan because he felt less creatively restricted in his native tongue and his pioneering island style took Samoan Hip Hop to the world.
His debut album 'Break it to Pieces’ picked up Best Album Design, Best Male Artist and Best Urban Album at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards. His single 'I Ain’tMad At You / Suamalie’ featured in the film ‘Sione’s Wedding’ and won APRA’s Best Pacific Song in 2005.
His music has appeared in many award winning films including ‘No.2’ and ‘The Orator/Le Tulafale’. His second album ‘Good Morning Samoa’ won Best Language Album and Best Polynesian Album at the NZ Music Awards in 2012.