Born Ruben Oriol, a modest hard working young man from Vallejo Ca. Music has been the guiding light into the life of this 25 yr. old young innovator and gifted musician. Like most talented artists, he comes from a long line of popular musicians whose sounds have rocked the U.S. for decades. Under the guidance of his father, a star from the 1950's and 60's.
As Matai, his first exposure came when he and his brother formed E-Dive, short for "Ethnic Diversity". Quickly gaining local recognition for their smooth sounds and innovative mixes, E-Dive's first album sold more than 4,000 copies independently, which are continuously reaching new sales across the internet and in local stores.
Matai, writer, producer and innovator of music, writes, produces and performs his own songs. He has been featured on several Bay Area albums, including Latino Velvet, that has sold over 50,000 units, 17 Reasons, which has sold over 20,000 units and D.U.G.O.U.T Records "Hustlin City 2 City Compilation". A lot of local artists and artists from as far as Germany are utilizing Matai's vocal talents so you can hear him featuring on albums from up and coming and already established artist in the music industry.
Matai has worked and associated with many of the top stars of the music industry such as Keith Martin, Queen Latifa, Immature(IMX), and Smokey Robinson to name a few. Matai's style involving Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B and Latin, combined with his smooth sounds has allowed him to perform with artists like Naughty By Nature and Next. Listen to his music and were sure you will agree that this is a star on the rise! Now with the new release of his first solo album, we're sure he'll capture your ears as he did with the committee of the Los Angeles Music Awards! Matai was nominated for "Independent R&B Album Of The Year" for his album "Assemblage" The award show took place on November 22, 2003.
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Matai one day hopes to follow in the footsteps of family member Baby Bash, Universal Recording Artist.