A Helm Debut And Mai Tai Rumble
Friday - October 27, 2010
A lifelong love for music and a musically talented ohana have made way for Kanohowailuku Helm‘s debut recording, titled This Child.
First cousin of Grammy-nominated Raiatea Helm, his roots also run deep within their home on Molokai. On this album he shares his gifts of music, song and composition with two tracks that will lead the way for his all-original, full-length album scheduled to release in February.
The title track, This Child, is a captivating song that exemplifies Helm’s style of creating music that speaks of life experiences and the powerful messages hidden in the world and people around us.
“I was inspired to write this song by my youngest daughter,” says Helm. “We were on Kaho’olawe, and she would run up ahead of everyone and then just stop and wait. That’s where the lyrics ‘this child has wings to fly above us all, this child waits for all’ came from. But what this song also talks about is how the island of Kaho’olawe also is waiting for healing.”
The father of three children, ages 13, 8 and 6, describes his music as “Hawaiian soul.”
He adds, “Every single song is a different mixture of all types of genres.”
For this album, Helm teamed up with some of Hawaii’s most-talented musicians: Shawn Livingston Moseley on piano, Reginald Padilla on tenor and baritone sax, Jeff Peterson on nylon guitar and Stephen Inglis on electric guitar, to name a few.
The album is truly a collaborative effort, recorded on Molokai through Anahaki Music and on Oahu through Moseley’s Aumakua Records.
With a solid team and a passion to create powerful songs that touch the soul, Helm continues to create music that he hopes will soar around the world.
“I know I’ll be doing music for the rest of my life,” he says. “I just hope one day I could do it for a living.”
For a listen or for more on Helm, visit anakahi.com. And keep an eye out for his anticipated full-length release ...
This month and next, the Mai Tai Bar will take over Tuesday nights with its 10th annual Mai Tai Rumble.
Hosted by Phat Joe, the competition kicked off Oct. 5 and continues every Tuesday at 9 p.m. as some of Hawaii’s hottest bands compete for the prestigious honor and $30,000 in cash and prizes.
And in the spirit of giving, Mai Tai Bar brings back its Aftershock, with professional groups taking the stage after the competition to top off a night of great live music.
This week (Oct. 26) it’s B.E.T., and next week (Nov. 2) is Nesian NINE. For those who like to plan ahead, here’s the lineup for the rest of November: Nov. 9 is Rootikal Riddim; Nov. 16, Rebel Souljahz; Nov. 23 is Ooklah The Moc; and Nov. 30, Natural Vibes takes the stage.
It gets crowded, so your best bet is to get down early and enjoy its award-winning Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Trust me, it’s award-winning for a reason. Besides the drink specials, there are $5 pupus. A couple of my faves are the calamari and firecracker shrimp, but the real winner (not a Happy Hour special) is the coconut shrimp. Yum, yum.
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