Kani Wai - Sound of Water
Kani Wai was nominated for TWO
When George and Bob get together, its usually to share music, food, and to relax in the pool or
nearby ocean. When they play together, their music flows naturally like water from the mountains
to the sea, sometimes placid, other times turbulent. Their music is indeed Kani Wai, like the
sound of water. This collaboration is a celebration of their rare time together as both artists live
whirlwind lives performing, teaching, traveling, and tending chickens when at home between
tours. The idea for this duet album came about while touring the mainland for two years while
George was based in Santa Cruz, California. Being in California made it possible to spend extra
time at the Different Fur Recording Studio when Bob was home from his international touring
schedule. Though their musical styles as soloists differ, magic happens when they play together.
George ramps up for Bob, and Bob never plays so sweetly as when he plays with George.
This duet album of Hawaiian music contains three instrumentals and ten vocals sung by Grammyź Award-winning Hawaiian Slack Key Master, George Kahumoku, Jr., playing 12-string guitar, combined with the exotic World Music rhythms of Bob Brozman playing slack key tunings on acoustic lap steel guitar. Four songs also feature the African sounds of Peter Burtt on 26-string kora and two other songs with Gordon Burt on violin.
01. Waikapu (Vocal) 4:40
02. Waikiki Hula (Vocal) 5:46
03. HoŽoipoipo O WaiŽanapanapa (Instrumental) 3:20
04. KauaŽi Beauty (Vocal) 6:08
05. WaiŽalae (Vocal) 4:08
06. Meleana E (Instrumental) 4:29
07. Waiulu (Vocal) 7:49
08. Lei ŽOhu (Vocal) 4:56
09. Ka Wailele ŽO ŽAkaka (ŽAkaka Falls) (Vocal) 7:23
10. He Punahele No ŽOe (Vocal) 4:06
11. Hilo Hanakahi (Vocal) 6:22
12. Different Mosquito (Instrumental) 5:38
13. Na AliŽi (The Chiefs) (Vocal) 3:36
Customer Reviews from Amazon.com...
"Pure joy for any Hawaiian music collection"
By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
Finding a recording of Hawaiian slack key guitar and acoustic steel guitar masters George Kahumoku Jr. and Bob Brozman together was a difficult task - until this music CD. The steel and slide guitar great Bob Brozman released a great example with Ledward Kaapana twelve years ago - and now follows it up with an equally enjoyable outing with guitarist/singer George Kahumoku Jr., who sings as well as plays great slack key on KANI WAI: SOUND OF WATER. In addition there's something deliciously different in the guest musician slots: West African Kora as well as violin. George Kahumoku Jr.'s vocal range is outstanding - the result of all this is pure joy for any Hawaiian music collection.
By Frankie (penetanguishene)
I've got all the Bobster's Hawaiian CDs, and this doesn't disappoint. This one is more adventurous than usual, and I don't just mean they throw in a "kora" playing dude and a fiddle player on a tune or two.
No, I mean that Big Bob really lets go on this CD. I can only shake my head at his effortless facility, his technical ability, and his musical imagination. He stretches out here and tries some off-the-wall solos that really appeal.
Get this album and enjoy.
Thanks, Bob and George.