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Uhini "Ona
Aloha

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Posted - 06/09/2009 :  9:45:24 PM  Show Profile
I pretty sure I was watching the right guys, but at tonight's Na Hoku Hanohano awards, there was a group calling themselves the "Slack Key Kings" that performed. However, they never sound a bit like Ki Ho'alu; tuning was Pseudo, music sounded like rock/jazz, and just never feel like Hawaiian music.
Was just wondering what other people thought/felt and if I was even listing to the right guys.

Hookani
Lokahi

232 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2009 :  9:55:43 PM  Show Profile
I was thinking the same exact thing.

Ho'okani

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PoiDog
Lokahi

245 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2009 :  9:58:26 PM  Show Profile
Na Hoku Hanohano?
Ho`okani you wen beat me to da punch (bowl)!

Aloha,
da Poi Dog

Edited by - PoiDog on 06/10/2009 08:26:58 AM
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Hookani
Lokahi

232 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  08:54:26 AM  Show Profile
For those who never see the performance, here it is...you be the judge if this performance represents being slack key kings.

online clip

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Retro
Ahonui

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Posted - 06/10/2009 :  09:25:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit Retro's Homepage
quote:
Originally posted by Uhini "Ona

... at tonight's Na Hoku Hanohano awards, there was a group calling themselves the "Slack Key Kings" that performed.
They were artists who appeared on the Hōkū-nominated album titled "Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Master Series Volume II." That album won "Compilation of the Year," too.

Was it slack key MUSIC, though, that they played? Ahhhh...we've hashed out that one over and over before, haven't we? (What notes are in "Pseudo" tuning? )
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PoiDog
Lokahi

245 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  10:35:33 AM  Show Profile
I think it's the name of the group. And the performance was well, at least I never heard that they would be playing slack key. Sonny C. played stuff with a latin flair, but most of his stuff is considered slack key as well. LOL...Remember the name...Lau.

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da Poi Dog
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wcerto
Ahonui

USA
5052 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  11:14:01 AM  Show Profile
Well, it appeared to be a tribute to Spanish music, from whence slack key came. Look to the source.

However, you know me. I say what I think...and it sounds as though it is in the STYLE of slack key but that it is not what many would define as ki ho`alu in any traditional sense.

On that stage, though, were several well respected musicians and even a well-respected kumu and kahu. So I would believe that these folks are firmly grounded in the roots of slack key. Perhaps what they presented is what HARA wanted to be presented.

Me ke aloha
Malama pono,
Wanda
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guitarded
Ha`aha`a

USA
1799 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  11:56:12 AM  Show Profile
FWIW, if you listen closely to the lyrics you'll more than once hear Don Kaulia sing, "...under the stars, Hawaiian tunes, no slack key."

I actually liked the song. It got the audience pumped up for more to come and I was even jamming along at home on my uke.
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sm80808
Lokahi

347 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  12:00:29 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by wcerto

. . .

However, you know me. I say what I think...and it sounds as though it is in the STYLE of slack key but that it is not what many would define as ki ho`alu in any traditional sense. . .




The song itself could be considered "Hawaiian" in a kind of Peter Moon Band circa 80's way. Not my personal favorite style, but not without precedent I suppose.

Maybe the HARA people wanted something that would rate high on the Shred-o-Meter....? Nice shout out to Taylor guitars.

I couldn't hear the first guy or the guy playing the electric guitar very well. What's up with that?

quote:
Originally posted by guitarded

"...under the stars, Hawaiian tunes, no slack key."



That's what I thought he said at first too then it started to sound like "Hawaiians who. . . love slack key" Pronouncing "love" with a long O sound.

Edited by - sm80808 on 06/10/2009 12:04:14 PM
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Mark
Ha`aha`a

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Posted - 06/10/2009 :  12:03:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mark's Homepage
Gee, remind anyone of the "Gypsy Kings?"

Not to be confused with the "Mambo Kings," "Rhythm Kings," "Polka Kings," or the "Kings of Comedy."

Or "King Sunny Ade," "Queen Latifa," "Lord Invader," "Prince Buster," "Duke Ellington," or "The Dukes of Hazard."

Or, for the matter, the "Lord of the Dance." Now that's entertainment.
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sm80808
Lokahi

347 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  12:08:00 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Mark

Gee, remind anyone of the "Gypsy Kings?"




not so much
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wcerto
Ahonui

USA
5052 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  12:39:30 PM  Show Profile
But here is something all can agree on: http://qik.com/video/1847610

Me ke aloha
Malama pono,
Wanda
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Peshkwe
Akahai

50 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  1:17:07 PM  Show Profile
Here are the lyrics:


http://www.kaulia.com/SWEET_WAHINE_CD_project.html

quote:
Sweet Wahine lyrics:

It was on the shores, in Hawaii
where we saw her dance,
in Waikiki
playing Taylor guitars
under the stars
Hawaiian tunes in old slack key

Es Bonita, La Muchacha
Sweet Wahine dance for me
Es Bonita, La Muchacha
Pretty Lady dance with me


And Don Kaulia's story behind the song.
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wcerto
Ahonui

USA
5052 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  1:19:18 PM  Show Profile
And Mr. Pali sho looked spiff.

And actually, I prefer when sometimes Mr. L.T. Smooth makes traditional Hawaiian music. Matter of fact, he sounds way swell when he does. It was all way too rock & rollish to suit me. That "shredding" kine.

And I think Mr. Don Kaulia was singing "and OLD slack key".


Ooops. Pardon. I did not know that I was typing as Peshkwe was typing, too.

Me ke aloha
Malama pono,
Wanda

Edited by - wcerto on 06/10/2009 1:21:16 PM
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Peshkwe
Akahai

50 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  1:38:35 PM  Show Profile
All the sets were like that a little. They were paired up and intertwined, tradish and modern on purpose to represent the elder and the young, past and present, heart and soul with mind and body.

Least ways that's what Pali told me he was hoping for with the concept of unity.

Got the place to rockin tho.
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guitarded
Ha`aha`a

USA
1799 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2009 :  2:18:51 PM  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by Peshkwe

Here are the lyrics:

Hawaiian tunes in old slack key
Makes perfect sense now without da ear wax. Mahalo.
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