Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Hawaii: Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau

What is there about men singing in harmony? One of the most pleasing sounds in the universe that signifies things are going pretty well all round.

The Makaha Sons of Ni’ihau are one such group of men who harmonise with apparent ease and great passion.  Beginning as a 5 voice group singing in the clubs and restaurants of Honolulu the Makaha Sons have been around for more than 30 years. They sang of their love for their beautiful island home, their history and their faith, all in close sweet Polynesian harmony.  The group was home to two brothers, Israel and Skippy Kamakawiwoʻole , the former of which is known if not by name then by voice for his gentle and angelic rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow that has featured in numerous films and TV dramas over the past 20 years. Both brothers struggled with obesity throughout their lives and sadly passed away prematurely. 
Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau

The group continued and continues on as a trio making an entirely different sort of surf music.

This record, made before the passing of the Kamakawiwoʻole brothers is a live set which captures their spirit and sweet sounds perfectly. 

If all you know of Hawaiian music is Don Ho and ‘Tiny Bubbles’, prepare thyself to be blown away.

         Track Listing
01 Haleanian Lani Ha'aha'a
02 Ka Mamakakaua
03 'Opae E
04 Rocking Chair Hula
05 Kuwi'li_E Lili'u E
06 Lai Toodle
07 Wahine 'Ilikea
08 Green Rose Hula
09 Ahe Lau Makini
10 Moanike'ala
11 Hawai'i 78
12 The Lord's Prayer

Listen here.

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