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Led Kaapana

A master of the slack key guitar, Ledward Kaapana has been one of Hawaii's most influential musicians for nearly three decades. A founding member of Hui 'Ohana, a group he formed in the early-1970s, with his twin brother, Nedward, and a cousin, Dennis Pavao, Kaapana was instrumental to bringing the slack key traditional to stages around the globe. Launching a solo career in 1983, Kaapana has continued to garner acclaim for his improvisational melodies and falsetto vocals. The Honolulu Advertiser called Kaapana, "friendly, generous, self-effacing, a little kolohe (rascally) and a flat out genius at just about any stringed instrument that can be finger-picked." Born on the southeastern shore of the Big Island, in the shadow of the Kilauea volcano, Kaapana grew up without tlectricity, television and telephones. As a youngster, he was inspired by the playing an uncle, Fred, who had taught himself to play slack key guitar. Kaapana continues to tune his guitar in the unique tunings that, according to legend, were revealed to his uncle in a series of dreams. Kaapana was equally influenced by such slack key guitarists as Gabby Pahinui and Raymond Kane. Kaapana's first success as a soloist came when his 1983 album, Lima Wela, received the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano award as "Best Instrumental Album". Performing in the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife, in 1988, he toured with the National Council of Traditional Arts program, "Masters Of The Steel String Guitar", from 1990 to 1992. Kaapana has collaborated with a wide range of musicians. A concert with steel string guitarist Bob Brozman was released on a video, Kila Kila Meets Ki Ho'alu, in 1997. The following year, he recorded an album, Waltz Of The Wind, with guest musicians including Brozman, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Sonny Landreth, Ricky Skaggs and George Winston. Black Sand followed in mid-2000; In the Saddle was issued in early 2001. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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wpdavid77
Discovered slack key while looking up music for the movie the descendents. Love the music
gailmay
We love this music on the OBX...
love this music
just had Hapa, and a Masters of Hawaiian Music trio ( ho'opi'i, kahumoko, kamakahi) here in Eugene. Kaola coming next week. YOu need to come play. I have no idea why Hawaiian music is so popular here...but it is! Come to the Great Nothwest!
I agree with David, when are you coming to Oceanside. Ca that is...There are alot of, hawaiians and hawaiians at heart that lives here that would love to see and listen to your singing and play the slack key...You have an awesome gift from God that makes your voice so nahenahe...
never tire of ledward.. when are you coming to oceanside?
briar_wood
This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful music I have ever listened to. I play country and bluegrass. If I could play like this, I would die a happy man.This music touches my heart strings. Wish I had known about this music when I was younger.

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