Ranga Pae "Like Rain" CD


A purely enjoyable song. This composition is arranged for the Hawaiian ka'eke'eke (bamboo stomping tubes) fused with the Thai mouth-organ, Hawaiian 'ukeke (first and only stringed instrument indigenous to Hawaii), and electric jazz guitar. Hawaii has many bamboo forests. Kimo and his kumu (teacher) used to harvest bamboo up on the slopes of Mauna Loa and then bring the stalks back down to Kealakekua where they would make native Hawaiian musical instruments. The ka'eke'eke is tuned to pitch and creates a chord when played together. The 'ukeke is made from koa and has 3 strings tuned to pitch and gets its sound from the musician's mouth which acts as a resonator. "Stompin'" evokes Kimo's fond memories of stomping through the forest with his kumu.











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