The two worlds of rapper Kas Tha Feelstyle Futialo intersect in
this lyrical depiction of the influences on his life. In the
intermingling of Western Hip Hop and Sāmoan culture we find a place
where similarities are strengthened and music flows.
What our story is about
Kas Tha Feelstyle, the rapper, invites you to experience his world
- his two worlds. This is a place where Sāmoan oratory intermingles
with urban rap, where the pillars of hip hop mix with everyday
living, where the poetry of the street plays a rapper's delight.
This is a place where rap tells stories of today like songs of old
tell of life in the yesterday.
An OG rapper who first forayed into the scene in the late
1980's, Kas Futialo has been a way seeker in the Aotearoa scene. He
also takes the honour of being the first rapper to rap in Sāmoan in
the world - 'Suamalie/I
Ain't ad at You' - and has influenced a myriad of other artists
on his creative journey.
Still preaching the word and keeping things real with
Sāmoan-centric and Aotearoa enthused hip hop, what is the influence
of hip hop on his Sāmoan and Sāmoan on his hip hop?
Who we are
This doco is directed by Sani Sagala who some of you may know by
his stage name as award winning hip hop music artist 'Dei
For the past few years Sani has moved away from being a music
artist to being a successful music video director and now he is
making the leap into documentary and needs your help to fulfill his
dream of making his first doco.
For this doco, Sani thought who better to cover than his good
friend Kas Futialo, a.k.a. 'Tha Feelstyle'. Kas is not only the
subject of the documentary but also involved in its creation
working side-by-side with the creative team so as to keep its
Working closely with Sani and Kas is doco producer Aaron Taouma
who is equally excited to be able to present a doco on subject
matter close to his heart - Sāmoan culture and hip hop.
It is extremely difficult to fund short documentaries in New
Zealand. Crowdfunding is an awesome people-power way to get around
this challenge and to also include audiences in the filmmaking
Our short has been selected to be made as part of the Loading
Docs initiative. Along with principal funder NZ On Air and with
support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho,
they want to see the film get made just as much as we
do. Loading Docs will provide an additional $4,450
and help with grading and a sound mix, but only as long as we reach
our funding goal as of part of the development
How will your donations be used?
It's expensive filming in the islands. But, for us, it's
important to add context to our doco by filming in Kas's homeland -
Sāmoa. Most of our budget will go on filming in Sāmoa, paying our
crew while we are there, transportation, accommodation and also
hiring equipment like drones and cranes for filming. We will also
use graphics in this doco.
This all costs mullah, as we are sure you will
appreciate. We've set our initial goal for crowdfunding at $2,000
but we are hoping to raise an additional $8,000 to enable us to do
this doco well. We hope you will help us achieve this dream by
Where will our film go?
Our film will be released online through the Loading Docs website
and TVNZ ONDemand. It will be yours to share, watch, and treasure
for free. We hope it may go other places like film festivals
We believe film has the power to create positive change. We're
making this film accessible because we hope it will provide all
generations with a fresh perspective on Sāmoan culture and hip
We also want this story to inspire other Polynesians around the
world to go out and make their music, make their song, make their