Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole joins forces with Paula Fuga, for music that draws from ancient traditions and contemporary outlooks. Shawn Pimental rounds out the trio with his versatile and sensitive guitar playing and vocals.
A remarkable and riveting performer, singer and chanter Kaumakaiwa [Kao-mah-kah-EE-vah] Kanaka'ole 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.
Praised for her spellbinding vocals and ability to stir the deepest emotions with her soulful melodies, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most sought-after live performers. A blend of tradition and evolution, her music features soul and jazz–infused lyrics, seamlessly mixing English and Hawaiian languages, with a voice filled with so much soul, you’re guaranteed to become an instant fan. Noted Variety: “She possesses an uncommonly gorgeous voice and holds notes that wrap around a listener like a mother’s embrace.”
Shawn Pimental (guitar, vocals) is a consummate musician and award-winning record producer. He has performed with some of Hawai‘i’s leading recording artists, offering his talents on guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. He is co-owner of Studio Ala Moana, a prime recording studio in Honolulu, and owner of the record label Koops2 Entertainment, which represents both premier artists and emerging independents from Hawai‘i, in styles ranging from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary to reggae.
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