Sunday, December 01, 2019

Kimo's Playlist Part 1

Kimo listens to a lot of Hawaiian music, and I often run across readers who aren’t aware of how wonderful this genre is. So here, for your musical enjoyment, is a first installment of some of Kimo’s (and my) favorite songs and artists.

Fiji are one of my favorite artists in the Jawaiian genre – a Jamaican reggae mix with Hawaiian artists and themes.One of Kimo's favorite songs is "Stone Cold in Love With You." It was hard to find an image of the artists, because the search term "Fiji" brings up so many options, so here's the cover of one of their albums.

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole: Over the Rainbow. You’ve probably heard this mashup on the radio, or in the episode of ER where Dr. Mark Greene dies.>/td>

Jake Shimabukuro is a master of the ukulele, and his work is beautiful and soothing. Here’s a clip of him playing his version of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” And a personal note: His mother, Betty Shimabukuro, used to review books for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and long ago she reviewed Mahu for them./td>
Keola Beamer: Wooden Boat. One of my very favorite infectious songs, which I’ve references several times in books. Sorry I can’t find a performance video of this:
Keali’i Reichel: Here performing “Every Road Leads Back to You” with Sistah Robi.

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