MANNY'S FIRST CD RELEASED 2004
APRIL 2005 HAWAII MUSIC AWARDS--BEST HAWAIIAN CD--PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS!!!
Veteran artist Manny Fernandez and his musicians epitomize the melodic sound of the territorial era with their renditions of sweet island standards such as "Waikiki", "Maui Medley" and "Pikake". the group's harmonies are soft and smooth and the instrumental arrangements almost entirely acoustic. fernandez's lead vocals further accentuate the old-time ambiance. add to that the ipu of kumu carol ching-acker, and you have a perfect cd for all hula halau's. this is a wonderful, memorable performance that takes you back to hawaiian days gone by. as reviewer john berger of the honolulu star bulletin said of the 23-song celebrations of hawaiian and hapa-haole music, "the music is beautiful and of itself---the additional (liner) information of fernandez's family history and the significance that each song has to him only completes this special project." a 28 page booklet is included with all hawaiian and english translations of each song---perfect for any hula dancer! aunty genoa keawe said, "this is a must for all hula dancers, the words are so complete and clear, and manny's voice is so velvet smooth". to quote the famous kanoe miller, former miss hawaii and hula dancer at the halekulani hotel in honolulu, "this is truely a work of art, and a hula dancers dream of songs and music." please check our website
www.hawaiiangatherings.com for further info about personal appearances and entertainment. mahalo, manny