Maluhia

Maluhia

by Keali'i Reichel
     
 
If the concept of Hawaiian Christmas music suggests anything to the average person, it may be a memory of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters' 1950 recording "Mele Kalikimaka," which certainly wasn't one of Crosby's bigger Christmas hits, but still gets a few plays every holiday season. Hawaiian singer Keali'i Reichel doesn't cover

Overview

If the concept of Hawaiian Christmas music suggests anything to the average person, it may be a memory of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters' 1950 recording "Mele Kalikimaka," which certainly wasn't one of Crosby's bigger Christmas hits, but still gets a few plays every holiday season. Hawaiian singer Keali'i Reichel doesn't cover that song on his Christmas album, Maluhia, but not because he is a strict tradtionalist. Actually, like his non-seasonal CDs, this one contains a mixture of Hawaiian traditional material, new originals by Reichel or his musical associates, and covers of adult contemporary material; for the season, he also adds some conventional Christmas songs like "O Holy Night" and "Silent Night." Anyone who has trouble reconciling the artist's interest in singing in Hawaiian with his affection for, in this case, the music of the Carpenters and Amy Grant simply hasn't been paying attention to his career so far. Reichel loves soft rock and middle-of-the-road pop along with his native music, which he also likes to update, and his albums always combine these elements. What makes it all work, here and on his other discs, is his tenor voice, which has a slight vibrato he uses for emotional effect. Slipping Maluhia on in a stack of Christmas CDs may add a slightly exotic flavor to a Christmas celebration, but it won't be jarring. In fact, this is a soothing collection of music for the most part.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Punahele Productions
UPC:
0702681122520
catalogNumber:
11225

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keali'i Reichel   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jamie Lawrence   Guitar
Nancy Masaki   Cello
Jeff Peterson   Guitar
Ben Vegas   Guitar,Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Karen Bechtel   Cello
Glen Smith   Vocals
Hung Wu   Violin
Jim Kimball   Guitar
Stacey Tangonan   Percussion
Mark Butin   Viola
Manu Boyd   Vocals
Chris Kamaka   Vocals
Maila Gibson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Jones   Bass
Stacey Tangonan   Percussion

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Matt Catingub   String Arrangements
Chris Eaton   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Keali'i Reichel   Composer
Robert Lowry   Composer
John Barlow Jarvis   Composer
Fred Krauss   Producer
Jim Linkner   Producer,Engineer
Ben Vegas   Composer
Frank Pooler   Composer
Jim Kimball   Producer
Puakea Nogelmeier   Composer
Tony Hugar   Engineer

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