Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time


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Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

Prior to the arrival of outside influences in the 19th century, Hawaiian music was built around chants addressed to gods and chiefs, sometimes accompanied by the pahu, a wooden sharkskin drum. The recordings on this anthology, made between 1923 and 1989, demonstrate these traditions. The music is very stark, and in some cases, primitively recorded on wax cylinders (though the recent ones are in state-of-the-art fidelity). Partially for that reason, it's more of a scholarly exercise than an entertaining one, but does serve a valuable purpose in preserving the sounds of Hawaiian music as it existed before its discovery (and subsequent makeover) by the Western world.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/1992
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074001523
catalogNumber: 40015
Rank: 76343

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kekuhi Kanahele   Track Performer
Kau I Zuttermeister   Track Performer
Hau'oli Lewis   Track Performer
Noenoe Lewis   Track Performer
Brenda Lehua Hulihe'e   Track Performer
Anthony La'akapu Lenchanko   Track Performer
Charles Albert Manu'aikohanaiki'ilili Boyd   Track Performer
James Kapihe Palea Kuluwaimaka   Track Performer
Samuel Pua Ha'aheo   Track Performer
Keahi Luhaine   Track Performer
Kawena Pukui   Track Performer
Hoakalei Kamau'u   Track Performer
Ka'upena Wong   Track Performer
Tom Hiona   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joe Gastwirt   Engineer
Smit Office of Folklife Programs   Producer

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