A light-hearted upbeat guitar sets the tone for Micah Manaitai’s latest single “Månnge’ Hao.” Accompanied by rich vocals and paying a generous ode to upbeat ’70s funk, Manaitai’s track recalls the improvisation of a backyard jam session.
Written along with singer/songwriter and Chamoru scholar Andrew Gumataotao, the Los Angeles based musician continues to bring an intentional and reviving sound to the Chamoru culture. Focusing on the articulate instrumentation of the track, Manaitai infuses the song with a bright ukulele and steady rhythm.
“This song is the very least I can do to honor the village that raised me — both in Guam where I was born, and in St. Louis, where I grew up,” says Manaitai. “It’s celebrating the love of your parents, grandparents, your whole familia.”
The track indeed recalls a celebration, as the lyrics honor the love and affection around him. It’s this authenticity in his music that has led Micah to produce new musical environments for his cultural dichotomy to thrive in. Previous work such as his cover of Marianas Homegrown “Inner Voices”, demonstrates Manaitai’s agency to honor his heritage among his soulful compositions. Be sure to keep up with Manaitai below.