Music: Teresa Bright’s ‘Hawaiinawa’ a fusion of island music from Hawaii and Okinawa

With yours truly being from Hawaii with ties to Okinawa (Japan and China too), it’s really great to see an album that brings both cultures together and Teresa Bright’s latest album “Hawaiinawa” does just that. From a Honolulu Advertiser interview with the singer (by Derek Paiva): At the beginning of the project, Bright chose to …

In Hawaii: Churamana

Name sound familiar? Yup, I recently posted an entry about Churamana here and we’ll have a chance to see them live in Hawaii on Friday, August 31, 2007 at the Okinawan Festival in Kapiolani Park. They’ll be performing as part of the “Aloha Concert” set starting from 8pm with Kumu Hula Sonny Ching & Halau …

Hawaiian meets Okinawan: Churamana

If you’re a fan of Hawaiian and Okinawan music you may be interested in the duo Churamana (チュラマナ, roughly translated as “Beautiful [chura, Okinawan] Energy [mana, Hawaiian]”) with Tokyo-born Maki Uehara on vocals/hula and Ishigakijima-born Makiko Miyara (formerly of the O-pop group Donann) on vocals. If you’re familiar with the group TINGARA (Okinawan healing music) …

Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash at Borders This Week!

Want to hear one of the most beautiful voices on the island? How about a chance to listen to Hawaiian, Japanese and Okinawan music at the same place? Well, you’ll get all of those great things if you step away from your Mac/PC and head on over to the Borders at Victoria Ward Centre this …

What Do These Three Have in Common?

Konishiki – a retired sumo wrestler and popular celeb Rimi Natsukawa – one of Japan’s top vocalists Jake Shimabukuro – ukulele player extraordinaire The answer? An hour-long music special called “Melody Club” that I still hear people raving about although it aired on Hawaii’s KIKU-TV station on January 7, 2007. (The lowdown on the show: …

Vote for Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash!

Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash’s debut album, “Hawaiian Jazz Done Asian Style”, is up for New Artist of the Year for the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards. We can vote for him/his band online and they also have a sample (one minute long) of “Blue Darlin’” up on the site too. Vote for him over here …