Another day, another list of the top fifty Hawaiian music albums, or the ten best Hawaiian songs or top five essential ukulele albums. While these lists are valuable in exposing outside audiences to Hawaiian music artists and albums they may have otherwise not heard about, they still are far from comprehensive in my humble opinion. As Hawaiian … Continue reading The Real Top Five List
The history of Hawaiian music was altered forever with the arrival of three woodworkers from the Madeira Islands in 1879. The Portuguese had been arriving in Hawaii in small numbers since the 1850s, mostly as cast aways from whaling ships. But it wasn't until 1878 when the Hawaiian government made a concerted effort to import Portuguese … Continue reading The World Cup That Is Hawaiian Music Part 4: The Madeiran Musicmakers
To my ears and soul this is the greatest `ukulele album ever made. Creative, emotional and technically challenging, in under thirty minutes Eddie Kamae expresses all the musical voices possible on the `ukulele. The song choice is inventive and daring and while the recording is raw and unembellished, the complex musicality is diverse in scope and execution. … Continue reading Heart of the Ukulele Part 1
When you grow up in the Big Island the big city is in Hilo. And having spent my whole life on the west side, I still get lost over there and I still find places in parts of town I never knew existed. During the time I spent playing music with Braddah Smitty I … Continue reading Talking Story With Jesse Kalima’s Nephew
I humbly believe that the greatest ukulele player ever was Eddie Kamae. He recorded what I find to be the best ukulele album in existence "Heart of the Ukulele" in 1962. I was very blessed to have the opportunity to share the stage with and play with Eddie Kamae when I played ukulele for Bruddah Smitty.