Familiar faces on Reggae-Hawaiian CD
By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor
"ROOTS MUSIC III/THE JAWAIIAN EXPERIENCE" by various artists, Quiet Storm, QS 1012
With six of the 19 entries brand new, this compilation of Island music acts and songs offers a measure of exploration, along with a treasure chest of slightly familiar stuff.
The reggae-Hawaiian blend has been standard fare for Hawai'i performers and radio stations; young audiences aren't tired yet of this Cuisinart hybrid of contemporary Hawaiian sounds. Some acts on the CD live and work here; others are from England or Jamaica.
The journey starts on an auspicious, gentle note, with Sly Dog's soothing bark, "Summer Love," making for a bright opener. There are similar romantic postures along the way, from the likes of Beres Hammond ("They Gonna Talk") and Roots Odyssey ("Sweet Reggae Music").
Pati gets help from O-Shen and Fiji on "Island Girls," complete with a midway rap; Crazy Fingers go island-hopping on "Haleakala" and THC receives kokua from B.E.T. on "HI Town Ting."
Veteran reggae voices are represented by Bruddah Waltah & Island Afternoon ("Hawaiian Lands"), Butch Helemano & the Players of Instruments ("Wave Rider") and Dread Ashanti ("Iration Vibration").
Kapena pumps out the reggae-fied "Everlasting Lover," proving Kelly Boy DeLima's prowess in this format.
Of the new fare, Ooklah the Moc's "Pick Pocket," Naturalites' "Year to Year," Dry & Heavy's (from Japan) "Landing" and Marty Dread's "On the Beach" sound audience-friendly.
Other acts aboard: Shilo Pa, Ras Daniel I, Natural Vibrations, Jack Miller featuring Sly & Robbie and Terry Linen.
"THE JOURNEY ... IN MY LIFE" by Colleen Cua Nagasako, MCM 2690
Colleen Cua Nagasako is a Maui-based singer-composer specializing in inspirational music.
With the exception of "Amazing Grace," Nagasako composed all of the material here, including a duet with Glenn Medeiros, who brings sweetness and light to "Forever and a Day."
She varies the tempos and flavors of her originals: "May I Be the Light" has a hand-clapping revivalist spirit with foundations in country music; "Like a Locomotion" chugs along with a tidy little metaphor/message about spirit and strength; "A Reflection of You" projects an unconditional love that transcends the Christian realm.