Na Leo Hawai`i Kahiko - Songs of Old Hawai`i

Various Artists

Copyright Year(s): 1997, 1981
Genre: CHANT - OLI
Format: CD
Price: $18.98
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Track List & Samples

(Tracks with sample are bold.)
  1. Chant 1 (Track 1)
  2. Chant 13 (Track 13)
  3. Aloha `Oe
  4. The Royal Hawaiian Band

Album Notes

The contents of this ground-breaking recording were chosen from the collections of historical sound recordings, manuscripts, and photographs of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.

The liner notes are so extensive, that a separate 44-page booklet had to be created -- containing lyrics, translations, and background information for all of the tracks on this amazing album.

The content of this album is so extensive (48 tracks), the entire playlist cannot be given here -- just three tracks are given for purposes of sound-sampling.

Tracks 1-through-34 are devoted to the sounds of 19th century Hawaiian mele (chant)-- using ipu, ipu heke, nose flute, etc. -- including field recordings made in the early 20th century.

Tracks 35-through-48 present a broad view of the history of Hawaiian music, from the major historical styles of the mid-to-late-19th century -- Hawaiian adaptations of hymns, songs, and ragtime -- to early 20th century folk styles that evolved from a blending of the complex traditions of ancient Hawaiian mele and contemporary musical patterns.

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