Na Leo Hawai’i Kahiko [coll] – [Bernice P. Bishop Museum]
Excellent resource for understanding the evolution of Hawaiian music, produced by the Bernice Pauahi Museum, the Hawai’i State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai’i and has the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural artifacts and natural history specimens.
Tracks 1-34 are mele (chants), sometimes with drumming, nose flute, or body slapping. The chanters were born in the middle of the 19th c. Recorded on wax cylinder sessions from 1923 and 1935. Sparse, ritualistic. Fans of Yage Pinta and Lost Shadows will find much to enjoy.
Tracks 35-48 are early 20th c. recordings & 78s foregrounding how Hawaiian music absorbed the influences of hymns and ragtime and with the addition of guitars and ukeleles, evolved into Hawaiian folk music we know today.
you heard it 16 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 1141 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Mele Ko'ihonua No Kamehameha 'Ekahi
- 1260 days ago, Lucky Jae played Mele Pule Ho'oulu
- 1263 days ago, Phil Phactor played Mele Ho'oipoipo
- 1267 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Iesu No Ke Kahuhipa (O Jesus, The Shepherd)
- 1272 days ago, Katie 2 played Moanalua
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