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article imageOp-Ed: Hawaii's Makana 'Kickstarting' a new album with your help (video)

By Anne Sewell     Feb 1, 2013 in Entertainment
Honolulu - Makana, the well-known singer, song-writer and Hawaiian slack key guitar player has a chance to have an album produced by a Multi-Platinum producer and Grammy-award winning keyboardist, but he needs a little help.
In the video above, Makana speaks about the new music project in detail.
Back in February 2012, Digital Journal reported on Occupy Music, the soundtrack to the popular Occupy movement.
Included in the article was a video of Makana singing his viral hit, "We are the Many", wearing an "Occupy with Aloha" t-shirt, to world leaders at the Apec Summit held in Hawaii in November 2011.
The music video of the song on YouTube almost immediately went viral and can be viewed below:
Makana has produced several albums of great music, ranging from traditional Hawaiian to elements of folk, rock, ethnic, classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional, ambient, electronic and Hawaiian slack key music.
The following video gives examples of his Hawaiian music style and slack key guitar in general:
The next video is the demo reel for Makana’s album Different Game:
Makana’s song "Deep in an Ancient Hawaiian Forest" is featured in the Academy Award winning movie, "The Descendants" (starring George Clooney) and his songs "Flood" and "Will I Ever See You Again?" appear in the DVD extras.
Makana has also been involved in the movement against GMOs in Hawaii. The video below shows the farmers, community and artists speaking out against Monsanto and Big Pesticide:
“For over 20 years, Hawaii has been the global center for the open-field testing of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), including pharmaceutical crops. Over 5,000 experimental tests have been conducted by Monsanto, Dow, Dupont/Pioneer, Syngenta and BASF that spray chemicals on an almost daily basis on our most valuable lands. Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii largest private landowner, needs to disclose to the public their land leases to these biotech firms so that the public may be made aware of the potential threats to their communities, land and health.” The video is 40 minutes long and includes an interview with Makana.
Up until recent times he has produced and released all his own albums, but now a dream of Makana's has come true.
Makana  renowned singer  songwriter and slack-key guitar player from Hawaii.
Makana, renowned singer, songwriter and slack-key guitar player from Hawaii.
Makana Music
After 20 years of working hard, he has the opportunity to work with a Multi-Platinum producer - Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), along with Grammy-award winning keyboardist, composer, arranger Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton) as well as renowned producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt).
Rather than sign a major label deal with a big corporation to produce the album, he wants to maintain the pure integrity of his artistic vision, so he has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise the necessary funds.
Makana is now asking for a little 'kokua' (help), towards the production of his new album which he hopes will inspire people worldwide.
The Kickstarter Campaign can be found here.
The album will feature a diverse collection of Makana's music, including a very inspiring rendition of "We Are The Many", a slack key guitar duet with Maui's Jeff Peterson, a rendition of Gabby's most famous Hawaiian song, and "a collection of some of the most fun, deeply moving and relatable songs I've ever written," says Makana.
More information can be found on Makana's website.
Anyone wishing to get involved and help this versatile artist, who is making a difference in the world, can donate here, and depending on the amount given receive several benefits. The minimum donation is $10 which will give you a digital copy of the great new CD when it is released, probably in May this year.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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