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Birthed in Jamaica, reggae music has served as a common voice across the world, in particular among ethnic groups and races that have been historically oppressed, such as Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Australian Aborigines. So for Hawaiian born and raised, Star Alaniz, reggae music struck an added chord to his soul.

Growing up amid a musical family, and with Jawaiian music, an Hawaiian style of reggae prevalent throughout the island, it isn't until he first heard the music of Jacob Miller, that Star's musical path was patterned "I loved everything about him, his voice, his writing, his music style and his stage presence." Thereafter immersing himself into the roots rock reggae sounds of such legendaries as Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Aswad and Inner Circle, Star found his voice and in 2010 in a little rainy Hawaiian island town called Hilo, The Steppas was born!

Honing their craft writing, composing and performing throughout the island, The Steppas delivered their first professional release in 2012 with their "GOOD ROOTS" EP. The latter received to great reviews, fueled The Steppas to build an impactful discography and in 2013 they followed up with the release of “THE LOVE SHACK” EP which featured the hit songs ‘ Lost At Sea’ and ‘ Empress Love.’ Following the modest success of their EPs, The Steppas embarked on their journey to deliver musical offerings.

Touring various venues and festivals across the continental U.S. such as California Roots Festival, Dry Diggings, and Pure Aloha Festival, The Steppas touring career boast such impressive accomplishments as special guest to top billboard charting bands Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth, The Skints and more, and opening for GRAMMY winning Morgan Heritage, Iration, Common Kings, and the astounding Hawaiian band The Green.

Playing alongside their counterparts and with different sounds and influences, the following gave Steppas new ammunition which conveyed in 2014 with the release of their first LP "TO YOU FROM WE" hitting #1 on the iTunes reggae charts and #2 on the billboard reggae rankings. Building music to stand the test of time, 2016 saw the release of the inspiring single "WE ALL", - a song that encourages people to stand as one and to fight for their beliefs. In 2019 The Steppas released yet another musical project titled "JOURNEY OF ROADS", a body of work that has embodied the band's roots-like-style while fusing lovers rock and pop-like reggae influences.

Accomplished in their own rights, The Steppas mark on the reggae arena has placed their name among not only some of the best in Hawaii, but also mapped on the new generation of worldwide reggae. “No matter where we go, we represent Hawaii. It’ s our home and it’s a constant reminder that even though we are in the middle of the ocean, we are making our dreams come true. So you can too. Always keep pushing, no matter what we go through in life -We can make it if we try!”

 
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