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- Posted on Jan 31st 2010 12:00PM by Liz Colville
The Polynesian Fuemana, who was half-Nuiean and half-Maori, first performed in a group as Otara Millionaires Club, named after a suburb of Auckland known for gang activity. Otara Millionaires Club perpetuated the gang image of the neighborhood, often riling up their audience by "brandishing machetes" and throwing bottles.
Fuemana ended up parting ways with the band, but kept the name OMC as his own and, with songwriting partner and producer Alan Jansson, co-wrote 1995's 'How Bizarre,' a catchy, upbeat song laden with euphemistic references to his life in Otara. 'How Bizarre' reached number one in New Zealand and seven other countries, and was on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart at number four for 36 weeks (it wasn't officially released as a single in the U.S.) Fuemana then released an album of the same name on Polygram. Second single 'Right On' went platinum in New Zealand.
Fuemana raked in financial success, selling approximately four million records, but was unable to reproduce the same success in the 2000s, and declared bankruptcy in 2006. He was forced to give up his house and royalties. He took up with Jansson again in 2007 for the single '4 All Of Us,' which featured New Zealand actress Lucy Lawless, but otherwise remained largely out of the spotlight.
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