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Led Kaapana and the Original Ikona Band
WHAT: Led Kaapana and the Original Ikona Band
Slack key guitar, better known as Ki ho'alu to Hawaiians, is a guitar technique native to Hawaii that mimics the yodels and falsettos common to the Hawaiian singing style. Like blues guitar, the slack key tradition is very flexible and can have great emotional depth. Many Hawaiian songs and slack key guitar pieces reflect themes, such as stories of the past and present, and the aloha for loved ones. For these reasons, Hawaiian slack key guitar is one of the world's great acoustic guitar traditions.
Led Kaapana, along with being an excellent slack key guitar player, is also accomplished on the ukulele, steel guitar, autoharp and bass. Additionally, he is a fine singer in both baritone and leo kiekie (falsetto). Led is joined by long time friends Alika Odom and Bernard Kalua to recreate the melodies of Hawaii that as the Ikona Band they have become known for.
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