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Namahana

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Album Review

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).

Customer Reviews

Aloha is not just a word, but an action

During trips to Hawai'i, I had always seen this band in the "record" stores. A few years back, I began to listen to them and was very impressed at the complexity of the recordings. E O Mai Ku'u Milimili's weaving of melody instantly transports one back to the islands with its cloud-like layering of sound. I had the chance to see them recently and was shocked by how incredibly talented they were as musicians. They are in the league of any Jazz player and I highly suggest that you give them a shot ( and see them if they are near you on tour). Great Addition to any ITunes download.....enjoy. Om

Biography

Genre: World

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

The Hawaiian duo Hapa teamed singers/guitarists Barry Flanagan and Keli‘i Kaneali‘i, who first met in 1983; deriving their name from a pidgin slang expression for "ethnically mixed, " Kaneali‘i (a Honolulu native) and Flnagan (a product of New Jersey who relocated to Maui in 1979) then spent the next decade honing their distinctive sound, an update of traditional Polynesian textures and rhythms incorporating elements of pop and worldbeat. Building a devoted following throughout the islands, in 1993...
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Namahana, Hapa
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, New Age, World
  • Released: Jun 14, 1999

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