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Ozzie Kotani

In addition to being one of Hawaii's most renowned players of the ki ho`alu (a slack key guitar instrument), Ozzie Kotani is also a teacher, arranger, and composer. Born in 1956, Kotani was raised in Pauoa, a neighborhood of Honolulu, and discovered music when he picked up the ukulele while still in elementary school. It was during high school that Kotani's musical interest turned to the ki ho`alu, after he heard slack key guitar master Keola Beamer on the radio. During 1975, he began to seriously study the instrument at the University of Hawaii Continuing Education Program, and soonafter began studying with renowned player/teacher Sonny Chillingworth (Kotani eventually taught the instrument at the same school in 1986). In 1988, Kotani issued his all-instrumental debut album, Classical Slack, which mixed originals with Hawaiian standards, but it wasn't until 1995 that Kotani issued his sophomore effort, Kani Ki Ho Alu (which translated means "The Sound of Slack Key"), and began working on putting together an instructional book/cassette tape. Subsequently, Kotani has appeared on several compilation releases in the late '90s, including Ki Ho Alu Christmas, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters, Vol. 2, and Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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williamcaubl e
thanks Brah! when I get old and can't move around much, they better have me plenty of this to listen to, or I'll hit them with my cane!
Takes me home.
kaniala3
First lesson was with Ozzie J Town in LA, CA. Very humble and truly dedicated. Last time I saw him was at Redondo for slack festival. Had workshop at N Woods home. Hope to see him again in future.
Man this guy can play guitar!!!!!! !
Absolutely Beautiful!!! ! I love it!
jdsiska
Music great, bio not so much. Slack key is not a particular type of guitar. it is the tuning of it. Families had their own way to tune guitars and also the way they played. They would slack certain strings to achieve a unique family sound.
ont.kids
This is Hawaiian slack key that creates in me the mood and aloha spirit that one can only feel on the islands..
Hawaii spiritual to me. Your playing simply adds to that...Thank You for giving an ole haole some inspiration and love. Mahalo
Just got returned from Kona and slack key takes me back there. Aloha.
asipelimalu
So relaxing, love slack key.
We like the slack style
brian_e_crai n
ki ho`alu is not an instrument, but rather a style of guitar playing.
The finest slack key available

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