Ki Ho`alu: That's Slack Key Guitar - DVD
Various ArtistsCopyright Year(s): 2005, 1995
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KI HO`ALU: THAT'S SLACK KEY GUITAR presents the world of Hawaiian slack key guitar...that gentle fingerpicking style of Hawai`i.
The central figure in the film is the late slack key guitar master Ray Kane, the grand old man of the slack key scene. Uncle Ray talks about the music and how he came to learn it, and is shown playing with friends, teaching students, and even dancing a somewhat comic hula. A big man with a big smile, he radiates hospitality and good humor, and his playing shows the bedrock of slack key technique. There is no wasted effort, just relaxed, easy moves that somehow produce wonderfully flowing music.
Along with Raymond Kane, the film has interview and musical footage of the late Sonny Chillingworth, with his flashier but equally engaging style, and brief vignettes of the late Leonard Kwan, along with Ledward Kaapana, storyteller George Kahumoku, Jr., plus footage of slack key "mistresses" Haunani Apoliona and Diana Aki (whose singing is a perfect complement to her delicate picking).
Director Susan Friedman is pleasantly undogmatic, including an entertaining version of the tourist chestnut "On The Beach At Waikiki" by it's composer, the late Andy Cummings, alongside the purer traditional sounds.
Over four years in the making, this film has gone on to become an important documentary of Hawaiian culture, as well as ki ho`alu. Over the years since this film was first released, fans of Hawaiian music have enjoyed finding "youngsters" such as Bobby Moderow (now of the group Maunalua) and Darren Benitez, playing behind these great musicians years ago.
RUN TIME: approximately 1 hour 25 minutes
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