By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor
"ELECTRIFYING" by Kapena
(KDE Records, 6300)
||Audio sample of "Tau Koula" by Kapena in mp3 or RealAudio format. RealAudio requires a plug-in.
Kapenas first CD of 2001 is both a glimpse into its future and a mirror of its past.
Kelly Boy DeLima and his partners Tivani and Timo Tatofi move forward with a 10-tune sampler that reflects the groups reign as one of the best contemporary Hawaiian music groups in the Islands.
"Kuu Home O Waimanalo," for instance, speaks of the carefree life in Waimanalo.
"Tau Koula" is a traditional Tongan tune given a seductive, thumping rock beat. It supposedly has ceremonial roots linked to a native festival, but Kapenas reading plays up the party spirit.
"Beyond Today" is a ballad that could emerge as a commencement season anthem. The break-out tune should be "Be As One," a love song with an uncredited female voice that ranks as one of Kapenas best efforts, reminiscent of a Lionel Ritchie-Diana Ross union.
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