- Audio CD (January 22, 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Putumayo World Music
- ASIN: B000YHSR36
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,841 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Hawaiian Playground is a lively collection that explores the playful side of Hawaiian music. With selections featuring the sounds of ukuleles, steel guitars and harmonious vocals, this album is as colorful as the islands which inspired it.
The Hawaiian people have inhabited the islands for centuries and their traditional Polynesian heritage still plays a key role in their music making today. Energetic performances and exploration with unique instruments first helped the music gain attention in the United States. Now, with an increased variety of distinctive styles, the music of these islands has become recognized and appreciated all over the world.
Hawaiian Playground is a true family-friendly collection. Children will love singing along to Keali Reichel's "Toad Song" and bouncing around to Willie K's "Holoholo Ka'a" while parents might find themselves daydreaming about escaping to these warm tropical islands to the classic Hawaiian stylings of Robi Kahakalau and Raiatea. Songs from Hawaiian artists Ehukai and Imua make us feel at home as they sing about their love and appreciation for their island homes. The lively collection also includes tracks from mainland artists that have incorporated Hawaiian sounds into their music. New York's Moonlighters and Joe McDermott of Texas encourage listeners to get away to the shady palms and sandy beaches of Hawaii. Two of Hawaii's rising stars, Justin Young and Teresa Bright round out this playful collection.
A portion of Putumayo's proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to PACT (Parents And Children Together) Hawaii in support of its efforts to promote and support healthy individuals, families and communities.
About the Artist
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry.