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Culture, Spirit And Love Meet On Aisea Taimaini's Album 'Closer to Home'

Aisea Taimani
Lindsey Taylor
Aisea Taimani

Aisea Taimani blends genres, including R&B, gospel, hip hop, and music from his Tongan culture. His band Minor Islands' latest album is “Closer to Home.” It's about him finding home when his cultural background is both Tongan and American.

Music was how we connected with each other, how we remembered where we came from, how we connected with God.
Aisea Taimani

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.