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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, January 9, 2002

The Left Lane
Local reggae album vying for Grammy win

For the first time in recent memory (and discounting national celebs with hometown ties such as singer-actress Bette Midler and composer Dean Pitchford), Hawai'i has a bona fide mainstream Grammy nominee among this year's finalists. The "Island Warriors" CD, produced on the Hobo House on the Hill label and distributed by the Mountain Apple Co., is one of five albums vying for Best Reggae Album on the final ballot of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "We're really excited that we're one of the five," said Leah Bernstein, president of Mountain Apple.

The compilation disc features island music makers specializing in Jawaiian, hip-hop, blues, reggae and world music. Artists include Fiji, Sean Na'auao, O-shen, Baba B, B.E.T., Ho'onua, National Vibrations, Roots Odyssey and Mana 'Ohana, among others. "Island Warriors" will compete with Beres Hammond's "Music Is Life," Luciano's "A New Day," Damian Marley's "Halfway Tree" and Ky-Mani Marley's "Many More Roads." The 44th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Feb. 27.

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor

KEILLOR: Mangled Hawaiian names
Language lapse in 'Prairie Home'

"A Prairie Home Companion," which aired one live show and recorded another at the Hawai'i Theatre on Saturday, is known to be a great respecter of local cultures and folkways. So some in the audience were surprised, and discomfited, when one song was a wicky-wacky-woo-style piece about "poor Kamehameha" being unable to "sit down with his wahine to eat a bowl of linguine" until the food kapu were broken by Queen Ka'ahumanu.

As polished and enjoyable as the show was, the Kamehameha song, coupled with Keillor's mangling of Hawaiian names (he declined language coaching) showed that we have a long way to go before folks in the rest of the country recognize Hawai'i's sophisticated indigenous culture, and the living and complex Hawaiian language. No joke!

— Wanda A. Adams, Advertiser assistant features editor

ZAHN: Called sexy, provocative in CNN ads
'Sexy' CNN anchor

Embarrassed CNN executives have yanked an on-air promotion that referred to anchorwoman Paula Zahn as "sexy" and was accompanied by the sound of a zipper.

The 15-second spot promoting Zahn's morning news show aired about a dozen times on CNN Saturday and Sunday, the network said.

In the ad, a narrator asks, "Where can you find a morning news anchor who's provocative, super-smart (and) oh, yeah, just a little sexy?

"CNN, yeah, CNN," the narrator answers.

The words "provocative," "smart" and "sexy" are flashed on the screen, followed by a picture of Zahn. The zipper is clearly audible just as the narrator is about to call Zahn "sexy."

CNN said the advertisement was created by a woman in its promotions department, but had not been approved by top executives.

— Associated Press