Album: His Own Man
CD Id: SLCD-7059
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||Hilo Hawaii / Nahenahe
||Kela Me 'Whiffa'
||Portagee Slack Key
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I ASKED NED: "Who do you want to play with you on this album?" Answer: "Nobody—I goin' do it all myself." So— he did. And did he ever!! But then, what else would a Ka'apana do — right?
The Ka'apana's are another of Hawaii's rich heritage of great musical ohana — this one from the Kalapana area on the Big Island, and they continue to make their musical statement with this new recording by Ned — his first as a soloist.
As stated, Ned did it all: bass, rhythm guitar; ukulele, and superb slack key guitar work utilizing several different tunings. And, the vocals too, of course! Nothing to it —! that is, if you had a mother and a father and eight brothers and sisters, all of whom played one or more instruments — when they weren't fighting over them! Nedward (he says: "Call me 'Ned'") and Ledward (he says: "Call me 'Led'") are twins. "Led" is "Ned's" senior by 5 minutes.
A few of the selections herein recall the days of the "Hui Ohana" and several are "newly-found" old favorites, as well as some originals, but all done with a new twist here and there. You will then understand why we titled this album, HIS OWN MAN.
Oh, one little aside: the steel guitar was an after thought and was played by some unknown. We forgot to get his name.
This album is real "backyard," "down-home kine" Hawaiian "pickin" and I think it would be good 'cause for all the Ka'apana ohana to celebrate Ned's efforts with a big family luau.
So, hana hou, Ned. Or maybe it would be better to say, Ohana hou.