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Makua Rothman proves he’s equally effortless in making music as he is slashing a 66-foot wave with this appealing mix of reggae, rock and pop. Now 29 years old and a longtime regular on the international surf contest circuit, Makua has created an enamored keystone to his musical career. The Mountain Apple Company is proud to present his debut album SOUND WAVE, recorded and produced in Los Angeles with the invaluable help of legendary artist, composer, producer [and of course, surfer] John “Feldy” Feldmann. Even if Makua didn’t pick up an `ukulele as a child, his reputation as a world-class surfer would be assured.

He continues the family line that began with his father Eddie Rothman of Hui O He`e Nalu, the prideful Hawaiian club of native riders that made its reputation in the late 1960s early ’70s.

During the making of SOUND WAVE, Makua concentrated on songwriting over a two week period, keeping to a daily routine of an early wake-up call, morning fitness training, and then spending the rest of the day with “Feldy” at his house. “I met a lot of cool songwriters and musicians,” Makua said. “It was one of the best times I had. I completely checked out from surfing. In order to make something special, I knew I had to sit down and work.

Feldy and I did that from between 11 in the morning to 11 at night.” Makua’s SOUND WAVE is a marked departure for Mountain Apple (already known for its stellar catalog of contemporary Hawaiian music), but Jon de Mello’s company is looking forward to this new foray in contemporary — and homegrown — music. There is one concession to Makua’s native Hawaiian roots: the standard “`Ulili E” is given a spacious sound with reverberations of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole’s version that even includes a vocal sample from Braddah IZ himself. The connection between the two artists was real: Makua remembers visiting IZ whenever he was in town surfing. Makua would stop by IZ’s condo afterwards and hang out, playing `ukulele and shooting the breeze with IZ while he was in the exercise pool. Besides Braddah IZ, Makua’s Hawaiian musical influences were obvious ones, familiar to local audiences.

“I would listen to all kine — the Cazimeros, Brother Noland and Bruddah Waltah.” You can hear that deep-rooted Hawaiian style throughout Makua’s album. The first two breakout tracks, “Lovely” and “Fight the Sun,” represent different facets of his love of the islands. The former is a sunny reggae tune that professes his love of the local girls, while the latter is an anthem that fiercely defends the beach lifestyle vital to his sport and life.

Makua also proves himself to be quite the vivid storyteller, as “Underneath the Halo” and “The Night” proves, filled with imagery of the hang-loose good times that he celebrates.

And, of course, there’s a generous helping of Makua’s `ukulele playing throughout the album, the small instrument that set him on this musical journey in the first place. SOUND WAVE is sure to be an album to appeal to both island listeners and those elsewhere who live and dream of a life near the beckoning surf.

“Hawaii is so special and I want to try to represent the islands as best as I can,” he said. “I want to keep that vibe of aloha and take it with me around the world.”

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  • 1. LovelyLYRICS

    TRACK 1 – LOVELY
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Dustin Barca
    Sunny days on the North Shore
    Living a dream that I had before
    I can’t believe that you chose me
    You carried me out of the winter storm
    —You take me higher

    C H O R U S
    You’re looking so lovely, lovely Girl
    Really really lovely lovely girl
    You’re looking so lovely, lovely Girl
    Really really lovely lovely girl
    So nice to meet yah, whisper in my ear
    Tell me all the things that I want to hear
    You’re looking so lovely, lovely girl
    Really really lovely lovely girl
    He u`i no `oe

    Flying up to the clouds above
    Oh every time I turn around
    When I’m lost with you I’m found
    I feel alive when you’re around
    —You take me higher

    C H O R U S

    Sun shines upon your face
    Your lips shining in the sun
    I can’t believe with me…
    You want to be…

    Looking through the islands for some girls to have some fun
    Love the local girls cause they are me number one

    I said looking through the islands for some girls to have some fun
    Lovely local girls cause they are me number one—say

    —You take me higher

    C H O R U S

    Looking through the islands for some girls to have some fun
    Love the local girls cause they are me number one

    I said looking through the islands for some girls to have some fun
    Lovely local girls cause they are me number one

    He u`i no `oe

  • 2. Underneath the HaloLYRICS

    TRACK 2 – UNDERNEATH THE HALO
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Ras Furlong

    Take off need to get away
    Spend time with familiar faces
    I’m sick of ordinary nights
    Head west into the sun
    Bee line down the 101 and drive until we cross the county line

    C H O R U S
    There’s a better life on the west side
    There’s a better life
    Tell me you’ll find your way
    Back to me (you’re everywhere the wind blows, everyday my heart grows more and more)
    Tell me it’s time to stay, here with me (cause every time my heart shows that we’re growing closer than before)

    I know who you are (underneath the halo)
    I know who you are (underneath the halo)
    (Underneath the halo)

    Spend a few days by the golden coast
    Get the sand in between our toes
    Go back where we belong (back where we belong, yeah)

    Tell me you’ll be my Corona and lime on the beach all night
    Playing old Sublime songs, cause lovin’ is what we got

    C H O R U S

    (`Ukulele Solo)

    Summertime at the beach house
    Reggae music blastin’ from the underground
    Sayin’ get up, stand up, stand up for your rights
    Come on everybody let’s party all night

    Singin’ hey ho hey ho
    Get your hands up, hands up – stop – go
    Summertime and it’s alright, come on everybody let’s party all night

    C H O R U S

  • 3. Fight the SunLYRICS

    TRACK 3 – FIGHT THE SUN
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Britt Burton
    One way out and one way home
    Driving down the sandy road
    Ready or not here we go
    The red star is out tonight

    Bikini tops and long blonde hair
    Taking shots and we don’t care
    We never truth, we always dare
    The red star is out tonight

    And we got this, got this
    No one can stop us

    C H O R U S
    We won’t break the night
    If we’re going down, we’ll go down swinging
    It’s a crazy life,
    If we’re going down, we’ll go down swinging

    Skinny-dippin with the moon
    You know how to set the mood
    Ditch these fools just me and you, I’ll blow your mind tonight

    Taste the salt that’s on your lips
    Ain’t no better time than this
    Let’s get down and to the business
    I’ll blow your mind tonight

    And we got this, got this
    No one can stop us

    C H O R U S

    Let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun — rise
    Let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun — rise

    We’re gonna go play on the dark side of the moon
    Dancing in the dark and the light ain’t coming soon
    We’re gonna go play on the dark side of the moon
    Dancing in the dark and the light ain’t coming soon

    C H O R U S

    Let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun – rise
    Let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun — rise
    Let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun — rise

    Let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun, let’s fight the sun

  • 4. Lean on MeLYRICS

    TRACK 4 – LEAN ON ME
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann

    On a long dark road
    So dark and so cold
    Just can’t seem to find my way back home
    So very lost but I wish I was found
    And I can’t seem to get myself off the ground

    I said, runaway runaway
    You can’t leave yourself behind
    Anywhere that you stay
    From your soul you cannot hide

    C H O R U S
    Lean on me
    You don’t have to be alone
    Lean on me
    Let your heart be your home

    What I’m dyin’ to say is I give it all away
    Even if with my life I must pay
    Now I look down just to see up
    I’m living my entire life in a rut

    I said, runaway runaway
    You can’t leave yourself behind
    Anywhere that you stay
    From your soul you cannot hide

    C H O R U S

    Stand up and fight
    This is your life
    This is your life
    E-Oh E-Oh Oh
    Stand up and fight
    This is your life
    This is your life
    This is your life
    E-Oh E-Oh Oh

    2x C H O R U S

    On a long dark road
    So dark and so cold
    Just can’t seem to find my way back home

  • 5. The Nite B4LYRICS

    TRACK 5 – THE NITE B4
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Tommy English, Ras Furlong
    (I’m still drunk from the night before)

    The sun is creepin’ on the shore
    There’s strangers passed out on the floor
    What’d we get in to last night?
    Tequila on my morning breath
    There’s lipstick stains all on my chest
    At least I hope she was my type

    C H O R U S
    But so what?
    It doesn’t matter cause I know that
    Once I hit the ocean I’ll be all right
    The waves will wash this hangover away
    Cause I’m still drunk from the night before

    All these chicks will look like models
    Once I finish off this bottle
    And the cops are knocking at my door
    But I’m still drunk from the night before.

    Now what the hell is going on?
    Who parked this car out on the lawn?
    Oh well at least we made it home
    My bar receipts a mile long, my wallet and my phone are gone
    Looks like I got a ways to go

    C H O R U S

    And now it’s crystal clear
    What started out with just a beer
    Turned in to shots of tequila
    And I was Mr nice to meet yah
    Barely made it out the bar
    Hitchhiked down that boulevard
    I think I met my future wife
    But I forgot what she looks like

    I fell in love
    Fell down the stairs
    Can’t remember much from there
    But I know they’ll be plenty more
    Times I’m drunk from the night before

    C H O R U S

    I’m living like there’s no tomorrow
    Once I finish off this bottle
    Cops are knocking at my door
    But I’m still drunk from the night before

  • 6. Lost In Translation

    TRACK 6 – LOST IN TRANSLATION
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Tommy English
    (Oooooh Ooh Oh Ooooh Ooh Aloha I’m home)

    40 days and 40 nights till I’m lying next to you, lying next to you
    Staring at horizon lights till I’m lying next to you, lying next to you

    No I won’t sleep till I’m home
    No I won’t sleep till I’m home

    C H O R U S
    You know I’m leaving on a red eye tonight
    Lost in translation here in Hawai`i
    You know I’m leaving on a red eye tonight
    And they say good lovin’ is so hard to find
    It’s my last text goodbye

    Back to my mountains majesty
    You are the air I breathe, everything I see
    I am the father of the sea
    Yeah it was my destiny
    With her I am free

    No I won’t sleep till I’m home
    No I won’t sleep till I’m home

    C H O R U S

    My last text goodbye

    Oooooh Ooh Oh Ooooh Ooh Aloha I’m home
    Oooooh Ooh Oh Ooooh Ooh Aloha I’m home
    Oooooh Ooh Oh Ooooh Ooh Aloha I’m home
    Oooooh Ooh Oh Ooooh Ooh Aloha I’m home
    Oooooh Ooh Oh Ooooh Ooh Aloha I’m home

    I’m home, I’m home

  • 7. One VoiceLYRICS

    TRACK 7 – ONE VOICE
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann
    Rapper: iTCH
    Our Government tells us a story
    Oh yes it’s a story
    Yeah, Our government tells us a story
    Oh yes it’s a story

    They send our children to war
    What the hell are they fighting for?
    They fighting for their money
    And they fighting for greed
    But yet it’s our children who bleed

    C H O R U S
    What we need
    Is one love
    And one voice
    It’s our choice
    My people are sayin’
    We need is one love and one voice
    It’s our choice my people are sayin’ – yeah, yeah, yeah

    Take a little second to think
    Just about those who lead our people
    It’s in to the future they lead
    A future of uncertainties
    So my brothers please open your eyes
    And finally start to realize

    C H O R U S

    And all the people living as one under the sun
    And all the people living as one under the sun

    (RAP)

    So you want the youth to succeed
    In this world of ignorance that you see
    You distract them with your technology
    To turn them in to your little sheep
    So no longer can we let this be
    My people please listen to me

    C H O R U S

    Sayin’ – yeah, yeah, yeah

    (RAP)

  • 8. Under The CoversLYRICS

    TRACK 8 – UNDER THE COVERS
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Josh Moran
    (I wanna stay lost inside your heart)

    I remember when it started
    Back when we was broken hearted
    I was feelin’ sick and tired
    Then I found you by the fire

    Told me all your little secrets
    All the times that you felt cheated
    Saw myself in your reflection
    Now I feel a new direction

    C H O R U S
    My one desire…
    I was awake inside a dream
    I was the king and you’re my queen
    I wanna get lost, wanna get lost, wanna get lost inside your heart

    Wanna swim inside my head
    Never wanna leave our bed
    Wanna stay lost, wanna stay lost, wanna stay lost inside your heart
    And I said… (whistle)
    (I wanna stay lost inside your heart)

    Dragons came to take us out
    The castle kept us safe and sound
    Surrounded by the clearest water
    Way up in the highest tower

    You and I would rule the world
    Always and my only girl
    When I’m with you time stands still
    Always were my greatest thrill

    C H O R U S

    Wanna swim inside my head
    Never wanna leave our bed
    Wanna stay lost, wanna stay lost, wanna stay lost inside your heart
    And I said…
    The best of lovers under the covers
    There’s no others
    It might sound like just a dream
    But this is my reality

    You’re my sunlight
    Only one left, together we ride
    Higher up into the clouds
    Flying way above the ground

    (`Ukulele Solo)

    C H O R U S

  • 9. Island ChildLYRICS

    TRACK 9 – ISLAND CHILD
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann
    Dry your eyes
    It gets better
    It gets better
    No one can hold you back but you
    Oh Oh

    Shadows fall
    Night is fading
    Night is fading
    New dawn will come no matter where you stand
    Oh Oh

    C H O R U S
    Island child
    The sun will guide you home
    Come back to where your heart was born
    Island child
    The sun will guide you home
    Take shelter from the midnight storm

    Broken child without a smile
    Without a smile – hey
    Left alone in the wild
    Oh Oh

    Had no home
    But found a dream
    Found a dream
    I start to make your fire burn bright

    2x C H O R U S

    Dry your eyes
    It gets better
    It gets better
    No one can hold you back but you
    Oh Oh

  • 10. Beautiful LifeLYRICS

    TRACK 10 – BEAUTIFUL LIFE
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Reno Powers
    I found a diamond in the rough
    Could it be a sign from up above
    I never know where I’m going

    Good friends will always come and go
    Bless all the people that know
    It’s a beautiful life that we’re living

    C H O R U S
    I like the sunshine on my head
    I like the rainfall when I’m in bed
    There’s no time for shame or regret
    It’s a beautiful life we’re livin’ today

    Keia Lä, Hauoli
    We all rise up from the sea
    Keia Lä, Hauoli
    Oh how I love, my Hawai`i

    I love the wind the way it blows
    She always seems to take me home
    What a beautiful life we are given
    You never know till you try
    Don’t let this life pass you by
    Don’t sink when you could be swimming

    C H O R U S

    Everybody wants to feel the warmth of the sun
    Relax your mind
    And just have fun, fun

    C H O R U S

  • 11. `Ulili ELYRICS

    TRACK 11 – `ULILI E
    Featuring: Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo`ole
    Composers: George Keahi + Naope
    Hone ana ko leo e `ulili ë
    O kahi manu noho `ae kai
    Kia`i ma ka lae a`o kekaha
    `O ia kai ua lana mälie

    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i
    `Ulili holoholo kahakai ë
    O ia kai ua lana mälie
    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i
    `Ulili holoholo kahakai ë
    O ia kai ua lana mälie

    Hone ana ko leo kölea ë
    Pehea `o Kahiki maika`i nö
    `O ia `äina `uluwehiwehi
    I hui pü `ia me ke onaona

    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i
    `Ulili holoholo kahakai ë
    O ia kai ua lana mälie
    `Ulili holoholo kahakai ë
    O ia kai ua lana mälie

    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i
    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i

    `Ulili holoholo kahakai ë
    O ia kai ua lana mälie
    `Ulili holoholo kahakai ë
    O ia kai ua lana mälie

    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i
    `Ulili ë
    `Ulili ho`i

  • 12. DesperationLYRICS

    TRACK 12 – DESPERATION BLUES
    Composers: Makua Rothman + John Feldmann, Tommy English
    I remember the life I used to live
    Government stamps and relatives
    Livin’ in a tent down by the cave
    Desperation Blues

    Eatin’ lunch out of a garbage can
    My board shorts were the only clothes I had
    They told me I never had a chance now
    Desperation Blues

    C H O R U S
    You know the blind can’t lead the blind
    Must be an escape that we can find
    It ain’t a bottle or up high
    No No

    You know it’s hard to see the signs
    Day by day they pass us by
    It’s time to open up our eyes
    Oh Oh

    I won’t give up
    I won’t give up on you
    These dreams we share
    Today they’re gonna come true

    So I don’t wanna see you cryin’
    It’s only dark until the sun starts risin’
    I won’t give up
    I won’t give up on you
    I won’t give up on you

    The waves were my only salvation
    We were livin’ off the plantation
    My Papa was incarceration now
    Desperation Blues

    Sand and trees were my only friends
    Cuz mom forgot to pay the rent – oh no
    Thought this life would never end
    Desperation Blues

    C H O R U S

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