A Tribute To Na Lani `Eha

Various Artists

Copyright Year(s): 2010
Format: CD
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During the latter half of the 19th century, Hawaiian music was dominated by four siblings known as Nä Lani ‘Ëha, The Royal Four. Through their collective talents and their social and political influence, King David La‘amea Kaläkaua, Queen Lydia Kamaka‘eha Päkï (Lili‘uokalani), Princess Miriam Kapili Likelike, and Prince William Pitt Leleiöhoku helped to create and popularize a new musical expression that we know today as Hawaiian music.

This recording features multi award–winning Hawaiian artists paying tribute, with their individual interpretations, to that period and to its foremost composers, Nä Lani ‘Ëha – The Royal Four. Veteran singer-musicians DEL BEAZLEY, MANU BOYD, TERESA BRIGHT, KAWAIKAPUOKALANI HEWETT, LOUIS “MOON” KAUAKAHI and CYRIL PAHINUI each selected two songs that hold special meaning for them.

The Queen was the most prolific composer of the 19th century and her music, along with that of her siblings, survive to this day; often recorded, and sung at backyard gatherings by descendants of the people they once ruled. While the performance styles vary here, each of the contributing artists gives masterful performances as they pay tribute to these beloved composers.

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