Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

Hawaiian Drum Dance Chants: Sounds of Power in Time

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In the eastern Polynesian islands known as Hawaii, the making of music and dance is center on mele or chanted texts. Mele, sung alone, are said to be performed in the oli style (without dance or musical instruments). When coupled with hula (dance), they are called mele hula, and when the pahu drum is added the performance is called mele hula pahu. More specific terms are also applied to mele that are used for specific purposes such as processionals, prayers, and naming.

The practice of perpetuating tradition through the teacher-student relationship is strong in Hawaiian mele. Performers’ styles are recognized, back through time, in their teacher’s, and their teachers’ teacher’s styles. These recordings give a view of several performance styles of Hawaiian mele between 1923 and 1989, although the traditions and the mele reach much further back in time.

Year Released 1989
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 1989 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Genre(s) Hawai'i
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Hawaiian
Instrument(s) Pahu; Puniu; Vocals
Language(s) Hawaiian
Subject(s) Music--Hawaii; World music
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101 Mele Pule Emily Kau'i Zuttermeister 1:09
102 Mele Kāhea Hau'olionalani Lewis 0:30
103 Mele Komo Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis 0:22
104 Kau ka hali'a I ka manawa / Kaulīlua I ke anu Wai'ale'ale (medley) Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis and Hau'olionalani Lewis 3:15
105 Aloha e ke kai o Kalalau Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis and Hau'olionalani Lewis 1:36
106 Hanohano ka uka o Pilanakalani Noenoelani Zuttermeister Lewis and Hau'olionalani Lewis 1:47
107 Noho ana ke akua i ka nāhelehele Brenda Lehua Hulihe'e 0:31
108 Ke ala ke aloha ma ka hikina Anthony La'akapu Lenchanko 0:33
109 Ku'u wahine i ka ua 'Ulalena Charles Albert Manu'aikohanaiki'ilili Boyd 2:34
110 Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale James Kapihe Pālea Kuluwaimaka 1:20
111 O 'oe 'ia e Wailua'iki/Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Samuel Pua Ha'aheo 2:43
112 Kau ka hali'a i ka manawa/Au'a 'ia e Kama e kona moku Samuel Pua Ha'aheo 2:28
113 'Eia o Kalani Kamanomano Keahi Luahine 0:38
114 Ke akua i ka uwalo i ka la'i e/'Eia o Kalani Kamanomano Mary Kawena Pukui 1:16
115 Ke akua i ka uwalo i ka la'i e/A Hāmakua au 'ike i ka pali Hoakalei Kamau'u 2:11
116 'Ūlei pahu i ka moku Waiwaiole Kala 0:37
117 'Ūlei pahu i ka moku Mary Kawena Pukui and Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon 1:08
118 Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Keaka Kanahele 2:28
119 Au'a 'ia e kama e kona moku Keaka Kanahele 1:23
120 Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Mary Kawena Pukui and Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon 1:55
121 Au'a 'ia e kama e kona moku Mary Kawena Pukui and Patience Namaka Wiggin Bacon 0:40
122 Kaulīlua i ke anu Wai'ale'ale Mary Kawena Pukui 1:59
123 A Ko'olau au 'ike i ka ua Ka'upena Wong 2:25
124 A Ko'olau au 'ike i ka ua Hoakalei Kamau'u 1:40
125 Kū'oe i ka'u wahi 'Ōhelo Tom Hiona 1:56
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