Monday, December 5, 2011

Hawaii in December

Maybe it's our local beach and surf culture, but a lot of library visitors seem to like Hawaiian music. A new addition to our cd collection is a soundtrack that features some beautiful and traditional island sounds. The Descendants, a new film starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne, is set in Hawaii and includes selections from the great Gabby Pahinui along with contributions from the Makaha Sons, Keola Beamer, Sol Hoopi, the Rev. Dennis Kamakahi and David Kamakahi. Largely acoustic, these pieces are in the folk tradition and feature guitars, ukuleles and vocals. Most have been recorded within the last twenty years although a couple are from the 70s and the Sol Hoopi track dates from the 1930s. Overall, a wonderful collection - great for fans of traditional Hawaiian sounds as well as those who want to hear the music for the first time.

Also available:

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics - Various Artists

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters - Various Artists

Best Of - Alfred Apaka

Facing Future - Israel Kamakawiwopole

Steel Guitar Magic - Billy Hew Len

Hapa - Hapa

Gabby - Gabby Pahinui

From Hawaii With Love - Mauna Malahini Islanders

Hawaii: Music in its History (book) - Ruth L. Hausman

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