La Hula Rhumba

We cover a lot of ground this week, listeners! We spend the first hour examining the influence of the rhythms of Spain, Brazil, and the Latin Americas on Hawaiian music from the 1960s - when the Bossa Nova craze was sweeping the country - to the present. We then look at just a few of the songs that make us homesick for Hawai`i. We’ll celebrate the birthday of entertainer Nani Lee Meadows with some rare live performances by Nani with her late husband, legendary composer and entertainer Kui Lee, and their pals Don Ho, Sonny Chillingworth, and Zulu - just as it happened one evening at Don’s parents’ place, Honey’s Tavern, in Kane`ohe in the early 1960s. We will also celebrate the birthday of a falsetto legend - arguably the best of all time - Mahi`ai Beamer, with some of his earliest and most rare recordings. And, finally, we return to our “Then and Again? segment with a look at a classic composition from then pen of friends Mary Kawena Pukui and Maddy Lam in two recordings made 40 years apart by two different artists using the exact same Benny Saks arrangement.

SONG TITLE

ARTIST

LP/SOURCE

LABEL

North Shore Road

Kapono Beamer

North Shore Road

Volcano

Kela Mea Whiffa

Cyril Pahinui

Ka Ho`oilina Mau

Poki

Lawakua

Napua Greig

Pihana

Pihana

Hale A Laka

Aaron Sala

Ka `Upu Aloha

Hula

Ke Aloha No Waipio

Weldon Kekauoha & Tapa Groove

Kanaka Maoli

`Ohelo

Popo`alaea

Teresa Bright and Kawaikapu Hewett

Ka Pilina

Generation Music

Lepe `Ula`ula

Jesse Kalima

Holiday In Hawaii

Sounds Of Hawaii

Nanea Kou Maka I Ka Le`ale`a

Sonny Chillingworth

Ka `Aina `O Hawaii

Makaha

Malia My Tita

Buddy Fo and The Invitations

Kiss Me Love

Makaha

E Ku`u Baby Hot Cha Cha

Lena Machado

Hawaii’s Songbird

South Seas

In Spite Of All

Marlene Sai

The Best Of Marlene Sai

Makaha

Piukeone

Myrtle K. Hilo

Will You Love Me (When My Carburetor Is Busted)

Makaha

Roselani Blossoms

Iwalani Kahalewai

An Hawaiian Happening

Sounds Of Hawaii

Silversword

Billy Gonsalves and The Paradise Serenaders

Billy Gonsalves and The Paradise Serenaders

Sounds Of Hawaii

Latitu

Nathan Aweau

E Apo Mai

B.P. Music Arts

Ma Mua Paha

Amy Hanaiali`i and Willie K.

Hanaiali`i

Mountain Apple

Ka`ililauoekekoa

Sean Na`auao

Neutralize It

Poi Pounder

Prelude/Home In The Islands

The Brothers Cazimero

Hawaii, In The Middle Of The Sea

Mountain Apple

Here In This Enchanted Place

Joe Recca

A Child Of This Land

Mele

A Song Of Old Hawai`i

Owana Salazar

Hula Jazz

Moonbow

Island Style

John Cruz

Acoustic Soul

Lilikoi

I Miss You, My Hawai`i

Na Leo Pilimehana

I Miss You, My Hawai`I

NLP

Taro Patch

Kui and Nani Lee

Waikiki Swings

Hula

Where Is My Love Tonight

Nani Lee

Waikiki Swings

Hula

He Ono

Kui and Nani Lee

Waikiki Swings

Hula

Na Kuahiwi Elima

Mahi Beamer

45 rpm single

Decca

Kawohikukapulani

Mahi Beamer

45 rpm single

Decca

E Ku`u Tutu

Leinaala Haili

No Ka Oi

Makaha

E Ku`u Tutu

Raiatea Helm

Hawaiian Blossom

RHR

Paniau

Mahi Beamer

Hawaii’s Mahi Beamer

Hula

Honolulu City Lights

Keola and Kapono Beamer

Honolulu City Lights

Paradise

 

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