Sulata Profile

aka Sulata Foa'i, Sulata Foai-Amiatu
Peter McLennan
18 Oct 2013

Sulata Foa'i got her start in the music scene as a teenager when her cousin asked if she wanted to join her boyfriend’s band, Colony.

Sulata previously sang in groups and choirs throughout primary and intermediate school and was in sixth form at Auckland Girls Grammar when she joined the band. They were approached by Kane Massey of the Deepgrooves label at their first gig, who signed them for an EP, which came out in 1994.

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A 1995 Sulata publicity shot
Mancini, a 1997 single
Sulata - Always
New Loungehead feat. Sulata - Cloth
Sulata - Never
Sulata's Never, a 1995 single
Sulata Foai-Amiatu in 2016 with Te Vaka's Opetaia Foa'i and Jemaine Clement
Sulata, a publicity shot from 1995
Sulata - Mancini
The 1997 Kia Koe album
Te Vaka on the beach in 1998, taken in New Caledonia when the band were performing there. Band members from left to right: Daniel Foai, Neil Forrest, Sulata Foai-Amiatu, Manase Foai, Opetaia Foai, Etueni Pita, Alana Foai, Vasa Foai, Andrew Dukeson and Simon Hope.
Photo credit: Peter McLennan Collection