Common Kings credits Hawaii with putting the band on the map


A band with Hawaii ties will be opening for Bruno Mars at Aloha Stadium this weekend.

You have lead singer Jr. King Maliga, Taumata Grey on guitar, Ivan Kirimaua on bass, and Jerome Taito on drums. Together they are Common Kings.

The band, known for songs like “Wade in your Water” and “Lost in Paradise,” can’t wait to share the same stage with Bruno Mars, and they’re even more excited to play for the fans in Hawaii.

“We screamed like a girl. I know I did,” said Maliga. “We were all shocked. Something we’ve been working towards, to be on the stage with Bruno.”
The band is based out of Orange County, California. But Hawaii has a special place in their hearts.

“Hawaii put us on the map. ‘Alcohol’ was our first song and Hawaii radio loved us, and for seven years it was nothing but an amazing roller coaster,” Grey said.

The band’s name is a tribute to their heritage — a mixture of Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, and Fijian.

They started off years ago playing for parties and playing cover songs. Now they have their own songs, and their album “Lost in Paradise” even got a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Reggae Album category.

“If it wasn’t for Hawaii and Hawaii radio putting out our music, we wouldn’t be where we are now, and it’s came full circle. Now we are playing on the biggest location on the island where we first started. It’s amazing,” Grey said.

Common Kings will open for Bruno Mars on Saturday and Sunday, along with another popular band, The Green. On Thursday night, Charlie Wilson will be the opening act.

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