Jim 'Kimo' West presents his special Hawaiian Holiday Slack Key Show with special guests and hula!
Hawaiian "slack key" guitar master, Jim 'Kimo' West presents a special Hawaiian Holiday "slack key" guitar show" with a special appearance by acclaimed violinist Tom Atwater, traditional hula dancer, Maritza Canto as well as Mountain Apple recording artist, Kapo Ku. Kimo will be playing tracks from his newest release, "Ki Hoa'lu Christmastime" as well as his previous holiday CD, "Kimo's Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas".
As featured in the Oscar-winning film, "The Descendants", "ki ho'alu"-literally meaning "loosen the key", is one of the world's most unique guitar styles and Kimo is one of the genre's leading exponents. He is the winner of the Hawaii Music Award, a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano nominee, and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contribution toward to the perpetuation of slack key.
Dating back to the 1830's and even older than the blues, "ki hoa'lu" got it's start on the Big island of Hawaii when Spanish vaqueros, imported to teach Hawaiian cattle management, brought guitars to the islands for the first time. Hawaiian cowboys developed their own sound by "slacking" some of the strings to create a chord and many of these different tunings remain family secrets.
You can get more info about Kimo and his music at www.jimkimowest.com
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