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• Multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Graphics, Liner Notes, and Christmas Album of the Year.
• Deluxe 16-page color booklet with photos, English and Hawaiian lyrics and notes from Kuana.
• Largest Hawaiian music CD production of the year with piano, live strings, a Disney accordion player, a Koto player flown in from Japan, two steel guitarists, Kuana on ukulele, bass and guitar.
• His first ever English song, the hapa haole “Makapu’u Moonlight.”
• Compositions span a 10-year period with two being written in one day while Kuana was in Sorrento, Italy – “Aloha Sorrento” and “Beauty A’o Moloka’i.”
`E, `I, and `A are trail markers of her musical expedition which have taken Hawaiian music lovers to new heights, only to fall for her fresh and lilting style. Here, a collection of the songs she penned along the way. Including some of her favorites and three new songs as well. For Natalie it will always be about the journey, so come. Hear her. She will take you there.Learn More
Merry Ukulele Christmas, by Hawaii's virtuoso, Kalei Gamiao, is the ideal companion for "all things Christmas." Twelve sweetly spirited acoustic instrumentals glisten under Kalei's intricate ukulele handiwork. "Silent Night," "The Prayer," "What Child is This?" and "O Holy Night," are blissfully serene while standards "Winter Wonderland," "All I Want for Christmas is You, "Let It Snow," and "Linus and Lucy" are joyful and upbeat. Homegrown favorites, "Mele Kalikimaka," and "Holiday Hula," are delightfully playful while Kalei's original, "Winter Surf," will be the next must-have for ukulele fans. This season's shining star, Merry Ukulele Christmas, is the go-to holiday collection for an incredibly cool Yule.Learn More
TAIMANE: Her name means “diamond” in Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up.
Among Taimane’s ‘ukulele teachers turned admirers are Roy Sakuma and Jake Shimabukuro. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences.
In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. Her breakout CD, ‘Ukulele Dance features Bach’s “Tocatta,” Lalo Schifrin’s “Mission Impossible Theme,” and pieces she wrote for the planet Neptune and the Moon, as part of her series on the solar system.
With the fierceness of a rocker, the grace of a dancer, and the pageantry of a performance artist, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is. Learn More
Robi Calling, the long awaited newly recorded music by multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner "Sistah Robi," is pure, sublime, Robi Kahakalau. Among Hawaii's most versatile entertainers, Robi's sweet soulful vocals and luscious harmonies have been her much loved signature sound since she first stepped on stage as the lead female vocalist with the Hawaiian Style Band.
Robi once again included a taste of her favorite musical styles in Robi Calling - Hawaiian, Island Contemporary, Reggae, Tahitian, Rock and Jazz, for her fans to geat upon. Highlights include a youthful take on the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau's beautiful "Ke'ala", "Na Moku 'Eha / Ka Lei E" which blends two traditional Hawaiian songs and the timeless Motown classic, "Cruisin'" presented as a velvety duet. Along with a talented array of hand-picked musicians, Robi has successfully created another solid collection of favorites with her 4th solo release, Robi Calling.Learn More
Hitchhike Records & The Mountain Apple Company are proud to announce the release of a fantastic Jake Shimabukuro, full length concert on DVD. The 85 minute show was recorded in Boulder, Colorado just this past September.
A great finale to his 2013 "Grand Ukulele" tour.Learn More
The duo features the acclaimed vocals of Nathan Aweau and the slack key guitar stylings of Jeff Peterson with acoustic and electric bass, ukulele, and percussion.
Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson reflect on their Hawaiian heritage in their first collaborative recording. The album features 4 original compositions by Jeff Peterson, and arrangements of classic Hawaiian standards shaped by the collective influences of broad musical backgrounds of both artists.Learn More
Lei Kulaia, (to adorn festively) is what 5 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Napua, has chosen to call her very first holiday album. This release is just that... festive!! The album opens with a traditional chant for Lonoikamakahiki, the god of peace and fertility for Hawaiian traditionalists. Lono’s arrival and departure in the islands is marked by awesome weather pattern changes. These changes last from mid November to early February thus marking the “holiday season” for native Hawaiians. Napua’s versatile vocals coupled with the artful musicianship of up and coming producer and musician, Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing prove to bring the spirit of the holidays right into your home.Learn More
Those who are fans of Kūpaoaʼs music are sure to love this newest assembly of songs and those discovering them for the first time will be quick to fall in love with this talented pair.Learn More
Jake Shimabukuro's highly anticipated follow up to his last record, 2011's "Peace Love Ukulele", which topped Billboard's World Albums chart. Shimabukuro describes recording the album as a "truly magical experience for me. I'm just excited." All the tracks on the album (a mix of original songs, as well as covers) were played and recorded live. "There were absolutely no overdubs," notes Shimabukuro. "Bringing all these people together, and everyone brings their own experience, their own background, their own interpretation, their own spirit, and love and passion for music."
Produced by Alan Parsons, assistant engineer of the Beatles "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon." Orchestration for the CD was done by Kip Winger, and it's a real treat. The album will not only take Jake to the next level, but is poised to redefine the Ukulele itself. Jake's version of "Over The Rainbow" is completely "over the top" and his cover version of "Rolling In The Deep" is incredible.
Available: April 8, 2014
Kuana Torres Kalele - Winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano's Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year Awards and more - will release his new CD "Hawaii Keawe" on April 8, 2014. "Hawaii Keawe" kicks off a 6 CD series from Kuana, full on original mele composed by Kuana himself. Celebrate Hawaii Island with this new release tailored for Hawaiian Music and Hula lovers alike.Learn More
Kumu Hula Manu Boyd is releasing his first solo CD project - Mele 'Ailana. A noted composer of Hawaiian mele (songs and chants), Boyd's Mele 'Ailana is a collection of songs in varied styles and instrumentation, illustrating a new direction for Boyd who has recorded for 25 years with the group Ho'okena.
The album includes many guest artists including Robert Cazimero, Kainani Kahaunaele, Keala Chock, Kala'iokona Ontai, Kihei Nahale-a, Jeff Peterson, Louis "Moon" Kauakahi, Waipuna (Kale Hannahs, Matt Sproat, David Kamakahi), Kapalai'ula de Silva, Lilinoe Sterling, and Halau o ke 'A'ali'i Ku Makani.Learn More
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