Makana Bio via MakanaMusic.com
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana is an internationally acclaimed Slack Key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is considered the youngest authority on his art form and recognized as one of the top guitarists in the US (Guitar Player Magazine 2008). The NY Times calls him “A dynamic force within the style” of slack key and National Geographic Society says Makana is “Charting a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition”.
His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, social-political, economic, inter-personal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit. He has performed in venues worldwide ranging from Tianjin Opera House in China to The White House, toured nationwide with Jason Mraz, opened for Sting, Santana & Elvis Costello, and released 6 records to date.
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’s protest song, We Are The Many, has over 300,000 views and has garnered press from many of the major media outlets. He performed the song at an APEC Summit gala, which was attended President Obama and a slew of world leaders.
What They’re Saying
Slack key guitar music, indigenous to Hawai’i, has been around longer than the blues, and Makana is considered the greatest living player. – Esquire Magazine
“His transfixingly agile slack-key technique and genre-crossing music have relit a fire for live music in Waikiki. .”
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