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Album Review

You'd probably have to be in the audience of this live show to appreciate Kaapana's trademarked slack key tricks of playing guitar with one hand in a paper bag or fretting with his forearm. Despite a bit of high-profile tomfoolery, though, this disc still comes off as the most personable of the Dancing Cat label's Slack Key Masters series and a great introduction to the genre that heaps in everything from a Hawaiian-bred "Turkey in the Straw" ("Glass Ball Slack Key") to a string-searing version of Sonny Chillingworth's "Whee Ha Swing," plus more traditional material as well. A few of Kaapana's own compositions seem destined for longevity, too, especially "Na Ka Pueo" which highlights his beautiful falsetto with tenor electric guitar.


Born: 1948

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A master of the slack key guitar, Ledward Kaapana has been one of Hawaii's most influential musicians for nearly three decades. A founding member of Hui 'Ohana, a group he formed in the early-1970s, with his twin brother, Nedward, and a cousin, Dennis Pavao, Kaapana was instrumental to bringing the slack key traditional to stages around the globe. Launching a solo career in 1983, Kaapana has continued to garner acclaim for his improvisational melodies and falsetto vocals. The Honolulu Advertiser...
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Led Live, Ledward Ka'apana
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music, Hawaii
  • Released: 27 September 1994

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