13 Crowns releases debut single 28 years after The Jets arrived in Tonga

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The 13 Crowns. Photo/Facebook

Tongan music band, The Jets which had been well-known in the United States for its pop and freestyle dance music about three decades ago, arrived in Tonga in 1989.

One of the band players was Haini Wolfgramm who was the bassist in the Minnesota family band.

Yesterday Haini’s children released their debut single “Grateful” from their forthcoming five-song extended play album release.

The name of their group band is 13 Crowns.

“…we’re proud to present our families next generation…our nieces & nephews H&S Recording Artists 13Crowns long awaited debut single “GRATEFUL’ lyric video from their YouTube channel”, a post on The Jets Original Family Band’s Facebook account read.

The 13 Crowns wrote on their Facebook page and said: “Hey guys, we are SO excited to announce that we are releasing our very first single “Grateful” on September 11th! This has been a long time coming and we are so excited to finally share it with all of you.”

The song was written by Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd who wrote and arranged songs for Justin Bieber, Usher, 112, Chris Brown and Big Boi.

“Lyrically, the song’s strong message reminds us that, as the band explains, “even though we go through challenges and difficulties, we can rise up, become stronger for it, and in the long run, be grateful for what we’ve learned and overcome”, a statement said.

“13 Crowns is made up of the seven oldest siblings of the 13-member Wolfgramm family, ranging in age from 12 (drummer Nora) to 21 (Eve on keyboards), with 15-year-old Abraham and 16-year-old Tihane the lead singers and songwriters, 18-year-old Isabella on bass, along with Maikeli (14) and Heinrich (20) on guitar”, it said.

The Jets’ arrival in Tonga twenty eight years ago was a huge event in the kingdom with hundreds vying to attend their performances to the public including their first performance to the king at the Royal Palace and a concert at the ʻAtele Indoor stadium.

The Tongan audience was exceptionally moved by the performances especially when the band played some Tongan hiva kakala including the Lavemālie Mai by Late Queen Sālote Tupou III and ‘Aho ‘o e Fiefia by Rev. Dr.  Eric Shumway which was recorded by local band ‘Iongi Brothers.

The Jets members were LeRoy, Eddie, Eugene, Haini, Rudy, Kathi, Elizabeth and Moana Wolfgramm.

Their parents are Mr Maikeli and Vākē Wolfgramm from Vava’u and Matahau in Tonga.

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  1. Na’e tūʻuta ʻi Tonga he 1989 ʻa e tāmeʻa ʻiloa Tonga ko e The Jets ʻa ia ne ʻiloa ʻi ʻAmelika he meimei tēketi ʻe tolu kuo hilí heʻenau ngaahi hiva popi mo mūsika haka tauʻatāiná.

    Ko e taha ʻi he kau tāmeʻalea ko ʻení ko Haini Wolfgramm.

    Pea ko e fānau ʻeni ʻa Hainí ne fuofua tuku atu ʻaneafi ʻenau foʻi hiva kuo ʻiloa ko e “Grateful” ko e taha ia ʻo e foʻi hiva ʻe 5 ʻi heʻenau ʻalapama ʻoku ʻamanaki tuku ange kakato atu he māketí.

    Fakatatau ki he peesi ʻa e The Jets ʻi he Feisipuká ʻoku ʻiloa ko e The Jets Original Family Bands, kuo hoko e lavameʻá ni ko honau polepoleʻanga.

    Naʻe fakahā ai ʻenau fiefia ke fakahoko mai ki he kāingá ʻa e toʻutangata hono ua ʻa honau fāmili, ko e ngaahi ʻilamutu mo e fakafotu mo ʻenau tāmeʻa foʻou ko ʻeni ko e 13 Crowns.

    Ko e foʻi hiva ko ʻení ne faʻu ia ʻe he punake ʻiloa ko Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd ʻa ia naʻá ne faʻu mo fokotuʻutuʻu e ngaahi hiva maʻá e kau hiva ʻiloa ʻo hangē ko Justin Birber, Usher, 112, Chris Brown mo Big Boi.

    Ko e lea ʻo e hivá ni fakatatau ki he fakamatala ʻa e kau tāmeʻá ni ʻo pehē ai, neongo ʻetau fononga he pole mo e faingataʻá, te tau lava pe ʻo tuʻu, lava ke tau matuʻuaki ange, pea ʻi he lele lōloá, tau fakamālōʻia ʻi he meʻa kuo tau lava ako mo ikunaʻí, ko e lave ʻeni ʻa ha fakamatala ne tuku ange mai.

    Ko e kau tāmeʻá ni ʻoku ʻiloa ko e Kalauni e 13 ʻa ia ʻoku ʻuhinga ʻeni ko e toko 7 fakakātoa ʻo e kau tāmeʻá ni ko e fānau lalahi taha ia ʻo ha mēmipa mei he fānau ʻe toko 13 ne haʻu mei ai ʻa e kau tāmeʻa The Jets pe fāmili Wolfgramm.

    Naʻe tūʻuta ʻi Tonga ʻa e The Jets ʻi he taʻu ʻe 28 kuohilí pea naʻe taku ia ko ha kātoanga lahi ʻi he puleʻanga fakatuʻí. Lau afe e kakai ne nau hohoi ke mamata mo fanongo he kau tāmeʻá ni ʻi heʻenau ngaahi taá kau ai ʻa ʻenau fakameʻite ki Heʻene ʻAfió ʻi palasi pehē ki haʻanau koniseti ʻi he Fale Mamataʻanga Sipoti ʻi ʻAtelé.

    Naʻe makehe e māfana ʻa e kāinga Tongá he ngaahi fakameʻite ʻa e kau tāmeʻá ni tautefito ki he taimi ne taaʻi ai ʻe he The Jets ʻa e ngaahi hiva faka-Tongá hangē ko e Lavemālie Mai ko e maaʻimoa ʻa Kuini Sālote Tupou III pea mo e ʻAho ʻo e Fiefiá ko e fatu ʻa Faifekau Palōfesa Eric Shumway ʻo hiki ʻe he kau tāmeʻa Kau Tautehina ʻIongí.

    Ko e kau tāmeʻa The Jets ko LeRoy, Eddie, Eugene, Haini, Rudy, Kathi, Elizabeth and Moana Wolfgramm.

    Ko ʻenau ongo mātuʻa ko Maikeli mei Vavaʻu pea mo ʻenau faʻeé ko Vākē Wolfgramm mei Matahau.