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Hokulea

by Aomusic

Hokulea is fresh, rhythmic and uplifting, featuring the voice of Miriam Stockley, the voice of "Adiemus".
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Kuimba
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2. Hokulea
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3. Sisi Ni Moja
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4. Ha Le
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5. Edge Walkers
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6. Irie Gra Medley
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7. Yaka Matai
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8. Itu Lagu
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the fourth album from AOMUSIC. It feature's Miriam Stockley, the voice of "Adiemus" and the songs are fresh, rhythmic and uplifting.

AOMUSIC is 100% non-profit. They donate all proceeds to children in need around the globe through AO Foundation International.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Hokulea" is the fourth release from world music group, AOMusic, whose primary artists are Richard Gannaway, Miriam Stockley, and Jay Oliver and features children’s choirs and supporting artists from around the world. Upbeat, cinematic and joyously rhythmic, this is music to inspire unity and to raise money for underprivileged children around the world. With this release comes the announcement of the establishment of AOMusic’s non-profit organization, AO Foundation International, whose short-term goal is to put efficient and well-organized grassroots causes for children under one umbrella. The longterm goal is to bring sustenance and opportunity to a billion underprivileged children around the planet. AOMusic won Zone Music Reporter’s 2011 Best World Music Album for "...And Love Rages On," and like that album, the cultural influences on "Hokulea" are varied and include African, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages. The lyrics that are sung in existing languages are included in the liner notes (with English translations) along with the notation that some of the other lyrics are vocalese - made up phonetics - “crafted to inspire one’s own interpretation.” The voices and strong rhythms make this a difficult album to keep in the background, but when was that ever a negative? It’s an upbeat album to wake up to and I loved playing it in the car while driving out on the highway.

"Holukea" begins with “Kuimba,” which is sung in Swahili backed with driving drum rhythms and exotic keyboard instrumentation. The title track is sung in both Polynesian and English and is paced at a leisurely tempo with children’s voices, birds, and guitars in the background. “Sisi Ni Moja” is a favorite. Rhythmically complex with a strong, compelling beat, this one will get your toes tapping for sure. “Edge Walkers” is a haunting instrumental that combines ethnic instruments with cello and ethereal background vocals. I love this one! “Yaka Matai” is big and anthemic. Sung in Xhosa, one of the official languages of South Africa, Miriam Stockley really pushed her vocals to sound African on this one. Its expression of joy brings a smile each time I hear it! “O Re Piya” closes the album in Hindi with a song of love and devotion to the Divine Source that is both spiritual and soothing.

"Hokulea" is music to raise the spirits as well as awareness of various children’s causes. Recommended!!!

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)
I was excited to hear “Hokulea,” the new AOMUSIC album, having been totally inspired by their previous award-winning release, “And Love Rages On”. The group is composed of three primary members: Richard Gannaway (stringed instruments and vocals), Jay Oliver (keyboards and synth samples), and Miram Stockley (vocals) who is best known as the voice of the group Adiemus. An important supporting member of the production team is Sandeep Chowta, a highly acclaimed film score composer/producer from Mumbai, India. The album kicks off with the thunder of powerful drumming that propels the song with high velocity and sets the stage for the pan-cultural journey to unfold. In contrast to this earthy primal beat are Miriam’s ethereal Enya-like vocals that float above the rushing rhythmic current. Yet another interesting element is the children’s choir, which when it comes in, lifts the song like a great bird taking flight. If I were to use one word to describe the feeling of this song, “Kuimba,” it would be “joyous” - truly a celebration of life. This celebratory spirit flows right into the next song, the title track, which comes from a Polynesian word that translates as “Star of Gladness.” The lighter bell-like percussive tones of Indonesian gamelan open another musical doorway, which is further adorned by airy flute. While a variety of languages are represented on the album, some songs are also sung in “vocalese” – made-up phonetics, crafted to inspire one’s own interpretation.

After experiencing the world music flavors of Africa, the Far East, Pacific Islands, and more, I was surprised and intrigued when the album took a Celtic turn on a lively tune called “Irie Grá Medley.” However, I shouldn’t have been too surprised having read in the liner notes that one of the two new children’s choirs on the project is from Western Ireland (the other being from Nepal.) AOMUSIC is truly one of the most unique groups I have encountered in my 30 years as a music journalist. Not only is their music in a class by itself, but the humanitarian work they are doing with their non-profit foundation on behalf of underprivileged children around the globe is a shining example of what can manifest when art and Spirit combine with heartfelt dedication.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
On their fourth release, as always, AOMUSIC prove that their brand of world pop/rock is truly global, utilizing the talents of musicians and singers from around the world.

AOMUSIC consists of Richard Gannaway on stringed instruments, Miriam Stockley (the voice of Adiemus) on vocals, and Jay Oliver on keyboards and synthesizers. The trio is assisted by accomplished session musicians recorded in their various local studios from all over the planet, as are the guest singers. Many of the vocals, which are a combination of English, foreign, and phonetics, are also provided by children’s choirs in America, Africa, Ireland, and Nepal.

The songs, which are primarily invigorating power ballads, are broad and universal in their appeal and full of uplifting joy. The fact that they are brought to life by different people across borders and continents makes this album a truly rich, diverse expression of unity.

shemusic33

WORLD MUSIC AT ITS BEST!
Fantastic music! Full of joy and beauty. Love it!