Various Artists

Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

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Prior to the arrival of outside influences in the 19th century, Hawaiian music was built around chants addressed to gods and chiefs, sometimes accompanied by the pahu, a wooden sharkskin drum. The recordings on this anthology, made between 1923 and 1989, demonstrate these traditions. The music is very stark, and in some cases, primitively recorded on wax cylinders (though the recent ones are in state-of-the-art fidelity). Partially for that reason, it's more of a scholarly exercise than an entertaining one, but does serve a valuable purpose in preserving the sounds of Hawaiian music as it existed before its discovery (and subsequent makeover) by the Western world.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 1:05 Spotify
2 0:26 Spotify
3 0:18 Spotify
4 3:10
5 1:31 Spotify
6 1:42 Spotify
7 0:27
8 0:29 Spotify
9 2:30 Spotify
10 1:16 Spotify
11 2:40 Spotify
12 2:25 Spotify
13 0:34 Spotify
14 1:12 Spotify
15 2:07 Spotify
16 0:34 Spotify
17 1:03 Spotify
18 2:25 Spotify
19 1:25 Spotify
20 1:51 Spotify
21 0:36 Spotify
22 1:55 Spotify
23 2:23 Spotify
24 1:35 Spotify
25 1:54 Spotify
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