Various Artists, Mana Maoli, Vol. II And III, Mana Maoli
Kahale (Li‘i) Smith’s stripped-down rendition of the traditional mele “Ke ‘Ai Nei no ka Lani,” for example, is absolutely perfect—until it cuts out abruptly just 80 seconds in. There are more finely polished treasures here, particularly Paula Fuga’s duet with Jack Johnson, entitled “Country Road,” as well as some star power sprinkled throughout the collection, including John Cruz, O-shen and artists from Natural Vibrations, Ooklah the Moc and Go Jimmy Go. By and large, though, this is a sprawling roundup of countless backyard jams ... for better or worse.
As a musical album, this collection could have used a more critical editing hand. As a raw snapshot of a new generation of Hawaiian musicians, it’s great.
|Kapali Keahi - “Reign”
||Kahale Li‘i Smith - “Ke ‘Ai Nei no ka Lani”
Paula Fuga (feat. Jack Johnson) - “Country Road”
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