Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she was born and raised.
When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited Taimane to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling her desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her own musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences across the globe. She lights up rooms and commands stages wherever in the world she plays, sparkling like the unforgettable diamond that she is.
Her mass audience appeal has been evident since her childhood years busking in Waikiki thru her current viral YouTube videos, even being shared on Facebook by the likes of Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and written up in Guitar World magazine. Having attended last year's NAMM in Anaheim in support of Todo Mundo's performance, there is no doubt Taimane will stun the audience with her gift and presence, likely creating another viral video considering how highly regarded and widely viewed NAMM is. We are currently setting up a West Coast tour around that time, including a Soka University performance on February 6th, and it would be an honor to add a stage performance at NAMM 2016.