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Keali'i Reichel's Ke'alaokamaile is a concept album about his immediate ancestors, specifically his grandmother. This allows him to choose songs touching on various aspects of Hawaiian culture and fill the sepia-toned CD booklet with photographs of his relatives and nostalgic reminiscences of his childhood. Despite the thematic frame, however, the album, as a collection of material, follows essentially the same formula as other Reichel albums, combining originals and songs by his musical associates with some older and traditional Hawaiian material and a few covers of songs in a soft rock/adult contemporary vein. In this case, those covers include Sting's "Fields of Gold," Babyface's "You Were There," and Karla Bonoff's "Goodbye My Friend." Typically, such Western pop fare is contrasted with native pieces, such as the traditional chant "Lei Hana I Ka Makani Ualau'awa" sung over only a drum accompaniment, which follows right after the Babyface song; "Na 'Ono O Ka 'Aina," a less ancient traditional song complete with ukulele, and "Pupu A'o 'Ewa," the first song Reichel remembers learning to sing as a child, follows "Fields of Gold." This sort of mixture of styles is typical of Reichel's albums as he tries to marry the different aspects of his musical influences into a multicultural whole. He wants to hold onto Hawaiian music in its long heritage and add to that repertoire, at the same time that a part of him seemingly would like to sing adult contemporary pop in English. On this album, he claims these different styles as his own by casting them as a part not only of his autobiography, but also of his genealogy.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/09/2003
Label: Punahele Productions
UPC: 0702681122926
catalogNumber: 11229
Rank: 3321

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keali'i Reichel   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Matt Catingub   Guest Appearance
Jamie Lawrence   Bass,12-string Guitar
Radical Rob Onekea   Keyboards
Lehua Kalima   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jeff Rasmussen   Guitar
John Koko   Bass,12-string Guitar,Guest Appearance
Dave Tucciarone   Keyboards
Alan Villaren   Guitar
Kapono Beamer   Guitar,Bamboo Flute
Karen Bechtel   Cello
Clay Mortensen   Background Vocals
Glen Smith   Group Member
Hung Wu   Violin
Mark Butin   Cello
Clyde Pound   Guest Appearance
Christin "Tina" Washington   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Judy Barrett   Violin
Ama Aarona   Group Member
Manu Boyd   Group Member
Claire Hazzard   Violin
Kalei Kahalewai   Bass,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Chris Kamaka   Bass,Group Member
John Kolivas   Bass,Guest Appearance
Paulettes   Background Vocals
Nalei Kanoho Harris   Background Vocals,Group Member
Tish Manganag   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Karen Fujimoto   Cello
Na Palapalai   Guest Appearance
Angie Blaisdell   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Nanette Dudoit   Background Vocals,Group Member
Catherine Gola   Background Vocals,Group Member
Glenn Goto   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Henohea Kãne   Chant
Manganang   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Lori Nagasako   Guitar
Oahu Church Of Christ Gospel Choir   Background Vocals
Sharon Pascual   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Punahele String Sextet   Guest Appearance
Cammi Saba   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Dean Saba   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Maya Shiraishi   Violin
Naomi Stephens   Background Vocals
Kehau Tamure   Group Member
Kuana Torres   Guitar,Group Member
Lance Winston   Background Vocals
Uncle Willie K.   Guitar,Ukulele,12-string Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Karla Bonoff   Composer
Dan Fogelberg   Composer
Sting   Composer
Matt Catingub   String Arrangements
Peter Moon   Composer
Jud Friedman   Composer
Keali'i Reichel   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Babyface   Composer
Carlos Villalobos   Producer
Fred Krauss   Producer,Liner Notes
Jim Linkner   Producer,Engineer
Kapono Beamer   Producer
Larry Lindsey Kimura   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Scott Johnson   Graphic Design
Damon Williams   Composer
Charles Ka'upu   translation
Puakea Nogelmeier   Composer,Liner Notes
Clyde Pound   String Arrangements

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