The Star Bulletin
John Berger
By John Berger

By Various Artists;  Daniel Ho Creations

Record producer Daniel Ho is 2-for-2 at the Grammy Awards with slack-key compilations. This one could easily make Ho and his partners three-time winners at the Grammys next spring.

It includes recordings by Ledward Kaapana, George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril Pahinui and Martin Pahinui — all of whom are unquestionably treasures of slack key. There are also recordings by guitarists who are at least a decade away from deserving the accolade, one song each by steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and Hawaiian falsetto singer Richard Ho’opi’i (who plays ‘ukulele), and a number by Garrett Probst and Peter de Aquino (the duo formerly known as Da ‘Ukulele Boyz). In short, it isn’t all slack key.

Ho and his partners have taken a significant step forward as producers by including photos and short bios of the artists, information about the songs, and guitarists’ slack-key tunings. Bravo!!

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