Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole w/ Shawn Pimental at The Loft - 10/1Monday, October 01 2018 6:30pm Doors / 8:30pm Start
- Bar Stool
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole w/ Shawn Pimental at The Loft - 10/1
at The Loft at City Winery
- Bar Stool
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole, with Shawn Pimental
“Kanaka’ole… vaulted through various registers and timbres, from bass to witchy contralto rasp to sweet soprano (“skinny girl” voice, [she] said), a traditionalist tour de force.” –NY Times
A remarkable and riveting performer, singer and chanter Kaumakaiwa [Kao-mah-kah-EE-vah] creates some of the most original work to emerge in contemporary Hawaiian music. Her roots in the esteemed Kanaka‘ole [kah-nah-kah-OH-ley] family of Hawai‘i Island, her deep understanding of her culture, and her place as a modern transgender Hawaiian, she is a vibrant keeper of culture and an authentic innovator. Her songs captivate with a powerful mix of ancient chant tradition, modern melodies, and original verse. Multi-instrumentalist Shawn Pimental accompanies on guitar and backup vocals.
Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole has been on stage since she could walk. A charismatic dancer and singer, with an impressive vocal range from tenor chant to Hawaiian falsetto singing, she is a five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano [Hawaiian “Grammy”] Award-winner with 3 solo CDs to her name and was honored with a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship. She is the great grandchild of Edith Kanaka‘ole, who was one of the seminal figures of the Hawaiian Renaissance which helped bring Hawaiian culture back into the central life of the Islands. Since birth, Kaumakaiwa has dedicated her life to her illustrious family's practice and passion – hula (Hālau O Kekuhi) and Hawaiian culture. Her vocal performances are an outgrowth of the Hawaiian art of chant and songwriting, with deep roots in rhythms and metaphors of hula.
She was the first Hawaiian performer to appear at New York's globalFEST (to a rave review in The New York Times) and at Australia’s The Dreaming, the prestigious indigenous cultures festival. Her vision is to engage indigenous thought and body of knowledge to address today’s issues and challenges through music, Hawaiian chant, and sharing of the spirit.