Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
In a simple and unpretentious set of songs for voice and slack-key guitar, Dennis Kamakahi shows why the music of Hawaii has such an allure for people around the world. Joined by his son David (ukulele and vocals) on a num... more »
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In a simple and unpretentious set of songs for voice and slack-key guitar, Dennis Kamakahi shows why the music of Hawaii has such an allure for people around the world. Joined by his son David (ukulele and vocals) on a number of tracks, this guitarist exhibits excellent musicianship, warm personality, and a love of family and the music that comes from it. The set includes original songs in traditional styles, some classic Hawaiian tunes (including a lovely version of Queen Liliuokalani's "Moanalua"), and the almost-required pop or show tune, in this case an interesting instrumental duet of the theme song from the movie "Around the World in 80 Days," a showcase for David Kamakahi's wonderful ukulele style. Dennis's version of the traditional mele "He 'Ai No Kalani" shows off his jaunty country style of picking the guitar, and a tune he picked up from his time with Eddie Kamae's Sons of Hawaii band. Nothing shocking, innovative, or adventurous here, just excellent playing and singing from two fine musicians. That's more than enough, thank you. --Louis Gibson
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Dan | All the Way in NC on the Mainland, too far away | 03/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ok , this is probably a cheat review because i'm his nephew, well, it's still a good CD. You all should buy all his recordings, they really are wonderful, my Uncle (Dennis) really enjoys his new album "Na 'Oiwi", you should check it out. Oh Well, 5 stars for my old Uncle, LoL, ALoha"
G. Stafford | Kamuela, HI USA | 06/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoy this CD a lot. I found some of the cuts a bit long, and I wish the father/son combo had appeared on more of the songs, because they sound great together. As it is, Dennis gets away from what he does best: simple but beautiful traditional melodies and his own songs. I didn't care much for the "Around the World in 80 Days" cut.. just doesn't fit somehow. All in all, an enjoyable CD though... well worth owning."
My favorite CD
Christel Blencoe | Arcadia, WI, United States | 09/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I received this CD as a present from my daughter two months ago, fell in love with it, and have listened to it daily since. The wonderfully mellow voices of both Dennis and David and superb slack key guitar and ukele playing just make all daily task so pleasant. I have since listened to several other Hawaiin slack key guitarists, but this remains my favorite. I eagerly await more CD's with this father/son duo."