Kumsa Maphalala, a 20-year old Big Island singer-songwriter, will release her second EP, Flow of Life on May 1. The recording features three original songs with a sweet, soulful, and jazzy sound and a heartwarming message.
Each song on the Flow of Life EP expresses Kumsa’s experience through life and the challenges we all face individually and collectively as we grow and evolve. The track “Stop being Nice” has a smooth-jazz and soul feel and is about being real in whatever state you find yourself rather than putting on a mask and acting like everything’s OK. “Change our Ways” is a slow, sophisticated acoustic call to action encouraging us to face and overcome the shared troubles of today’s world. The third song and title track, “Flow of Life”, is an uplifting song about viewing life in the most positive way through all the ups and downs it brings. The songs feature the very talented local musicians Jessie Snyder on sax, Matt Spencer on guitar/bass, and Michael Surprenant on drums and percussion.
Kumsa has a deeply soulful voice that many people have associated with singers such as Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, and Grace Slick. Her lyrics are original, and she shares personal experiences of growth and vulnerability through her music. Kumsa believes music is one of the most powerful ways in which you can spread messages with the world, and her dream is to continue writing and recording music that expresses her passion for envisioning and creating a healthy and prosperous future for all.
Soulful and sophisticated with a positive message.
– Michael Surprenant, Mana Music Studios
These new songs were written while Kumsa was in Costa Rica completing her first year of studies at EARTH University where she’s currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Engineering. Over her winter break, she came home to Hawaii and recorded this EP right here on the Big Island at Mana Music Studios with the incredible musician and producer Michael Surprenant tracking and laying out the songs. This EP is dedicated to all the inspirational and supportive people who have influenced Kumsa throughout her life.
Kumsa Maphalala is a twenty-year-old singer-songwriter from the Big Island of Hawaii. She was raised around music and began her musical career in a local marimba band called Kunzwanana at the age of 10. She fell in love with the guitar at 15 and went on to spend two years studying music at Portland’s School of Rock where, as a member of the House Band, she had the opportunity to play in some of the best local venues in Portland, Chicago, Milwaukee (Summer Fest) and more. Kumsa has a deeply soulful voice that many people have associated with singers such as Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, and Grace Slick. Her lyrics are original and drawn from personal experiences of growth and vulnerability. Now living in Costa Rica, Kumsa is a student at EARTH University, a four-year college focused on Sustainable Agriculture and Engineering. Kumsa is very driven by the dream of creating a world that can support generations to come through regenerative communities and thoughtful, sustainable development. This dream is also evident in the songs Kumsa writes, as she feels music is one of the most powerful ways to spread ideas and dreams such as this with people around the world. Kumsa wishes to keep writing and recording music that expresses her passion for creating a healthy and prosperous future for all.