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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Somewhere at the crossroads of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music lies Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole. Deeply rooted in the hula traditions, he is also a product of the current day. The bulk of the music heard on this sophomore release is based on hula chanting. Much more than that awaits, however, with notes of contemporary Hawaiian ballads, pieces of the blues, and paniolo-style song and guitar here and there, as well as a stray cello. The album gives an initial impression as standard contemporary Hawaiian fusion. It eventually comes out as something deeper than the average piece on the same shelf though. The songs aren't reworkings of the usual traditional set, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Somewhere at the crossroads of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music lies Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole. Deeply rooted in the hula traditions, he is also a product of the current day. The bulk of the music heard on this sophomore release is based on hula chanting. Much more than that awaits, however, with notes of contemporary Hawaiian ballads, pieces of the blues, and paniolo-style song and guitar here and there, as well as a stray cello. The album gives an initial impression as standard contemporary Hawaiian fusion. It eventually comes out as something deeper than the average piece on the same shelf though. The songs aren't reworkings of the usual traditional set, but they also aren't on the edge of becoming overly pop-oriented or reggae-inflected. Purists should potentially look elsewhere first, but come to this album at some point as one interested in or tired of contemporary Hawaiian music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Mountain Apple
  • UPC: 761268210425
  • Catalog Number: 2104
  • Sales rank: 73,152

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
Robert Cazimero Piano, Guest Appearance
Kekuhi Kanahele Chant
Kaipo Frias Chant
Andrew Eckard Cello, Guest Appearance
Kihei Nahale-A Guitar, Background Vocals
James Ronstadt and the Dynamic Shuffle Kings Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Milan Bertosa Engineer
John Golden Mastering
Jon de Mello Producer
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole Arranger, Producer
Kihei Nahale-A Arranger
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