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Putumayo Kids presents Hawaiian Playground, a lively collection that explores the playful side of Hawaii’s musical offerings. With selections featuring the sounds of ukuleles, steel guitars and harmonious vocals, this album is as colorful as the islands which inspired it.
The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and their traditional Polynesian heritage still plays a key role in their music making today. Energetic performances and exploration with unique instruments first helped the music gain attention in the United States. Now, with an increased variety of distinctive styles, the music of these islands has become recognized and appreciated all over the world.
Hawaiian Playground is a truly family-friendly compilation. Children will love singing along to Keali’i Reichel’s “Toad Song” and bouncing around to Willie K’s “Holoholo Ka’a” while parents might find themselves daydreaming about escaping to these warm tropical islands to the classic Hawaiian stylings of Robi Kahakalau and Raiatea. Songs from Hawaiian artists Ehukai and Imua make us feel at home as they sing about their love and appreciation for their island homes.The CD also includes tracks from mainland artists who have incorporated Hawaiian sounds into their music. New York’s The Moonlighters and Joe McDermott of Texas encourage listeners to get away to the shady palms and sandy beaches of Hawaii. Two of Hawaii’s local fan favorites, Justin Young and Teresa Bright, round out this charming collection.
Watch the video: Imua "Local to the Max"
IMUA is a new island contemporary group with singers David Dunaway, Albert "Baba" Akiona and ‘ukulele player Samson Ah Mook Sang. Their success is attributed to the type of music, which is fun; it sizzles, and unlike the majority of styles, theirs is simple "backyard" island contemporary music that people relate to. IMUA’s professional appearance and visual performances are appealing to fans of all ages; especially children who frequently mail fan letters and song-related drawings to them. IMUA earned a HOKU nomination for 'Most Promising New Artist/Group."
A portion of Putumayo's proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to PACT (Parents And Children Together) Hawaii in support of its efforts to promote and support healthy individuals, families and communities.