Namahana

Namahana

by Hapa
     
 
The latest release from the fusionary Hawaiian group Hapa. This album sticks to some degree more to the traditional Hawaiian sounds that the group has become known for. There is less interplay with rock, essentially. The compositions are largely original works this time through, primarily penned by Barry Flanagan.

Overview

The latest release from the fusionary Hawaiian group Hapa. This album sticks to some degree more to the traditional Hawaiian sounds that the group has become known for. There is less interplay with rock, essentially. The compositions are largely original works this time through, primarily penned by Barry Flanagan. The album starts out with a few numbers, alternating between instrumental and vocal tracks. The first track, "Pu'uanahulu," goes back and forth from Hawaiian to English. Flanagan's "Stars in the Morning Sky" follows, making a vaguely slack-key impression. From there, a bit of poetry is added in the following track, followed by another instrumental, and another round of poetry. Earl Klugh's "Debra Anne" makes an appearance, followed by the traditional "He'eia." Another alternation of instrumental and vocal works follow, to be followed themselves by the title track of sorts, "Aloha Namahana," which makes use of bagpipes as well as the usual Hawaiian fare, showing off the other side of Flanagan's influences. The interplay between the pipes and the Hawaiian guitar work is surprisingly good, making a stunning finale track for the album. Pick up this one as a fan of the previous work of Hapa, but for newcomers, something that showcases some of the other aspects might not be a bad choice, such as Pride (In the Name of Love).

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
COCONUT GROVE
UPC:
0738427820320
catalogNumber:
8203

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hapa   Primary Artist
Matt Catingub   Conductor
Tom Cregan   uillean pipes
Barry Flanagan   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Martin Pahinui   Vocals
Larry Lieberman   Percussion
Charles Ka'upu   Chant
B.B. Shawn   Classical Guitar
Kimo Bell   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Matt Catingub   Arranger
Barry Flanagan   Arranger,Producer,translation
Steve Tose   Producer,Engineer
Howard Lee Wolen   Engineer
Pan Courtelis   Executive Producer
Kenneth Makuakane   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Rick Behrens   Engineer
Kï'ope Raymond   translation
Steve Gamberoni   Engineer
Larry Lindsey Kimura   translation
Joseph Maka'ai   translation
Nat Rew   Executive Producer
Chris Campbell   Executive Producer

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