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Rendezvous In Okonkuluku

by Waitiki

A fresh retrospective of classic exotica.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Uncle Luku's Panda Pad
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0:44 album only
2. Rendezvous in Okonkuluku
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2:59 album only
3. Plamingo Merengue
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3:13 album only
4. Cave of the Tarpon
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4:27 album only
5. L'Ours Chinois
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2:01 album only
6. Wadada
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4:34 album only
7. China Clipper
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3:47 album only
8. Tiki
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6:35 album only
9. Choko Chunichu
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2:07 album only
10. Voodoo Love
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4:30 album only
11. Sumotori Sumopop
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2:41 album only
12. Stirring Cocktail Journey Through Okonkuluku
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4:07 album only
13. Pineapple Lilt
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14. Haole Beach Sunset
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Album Notes
Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (2007)
The world’s only performers and drinkers of exotic tiki-tainment from Polynesia and beyond have released their second album featuring 14 tracks of Polynesian Pop and tiki-drink accompaniment! Produced by the inimitable Brother Cleve of Combustable Edison and DelFuegos fame, WAITIKI’s new album—which is their first to also be released on 24-bit, 12” vinyl—is subtitled “A Fresh Retrospective of Classic Exotica.”

WAITIKI has been whisking their listeners to their self-created imaginary world of Okonkuluku since 2003. The band is one of only two bands in the world performing the original style of lounge and Polynesian pop known as exotica (or tiki music). Charred Mammal Flesh: Exotic Music for BBQ, their 2005 debut release, won a Hawai’i Music Award for “Best Album: Exotica”—a brand-new awards category made for the band. WAITIKI has performed exotica at the 2005 Hawai’i International Jazz Festival; at the 2006 Festival de Mexico with their 21-pc “Orchestrotica” (who plays the world’s only transcriptions of Juan Garcia Esquivel); and twice at world-famous Hukilau tiki festival in Florida.

Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (R.I.O.) brings to mind the classic sounds of Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Arthur Lyman (they cover Denny’s “Tiki” and “Voodoo Love” on this album). “We have brought you the finest available recorded sound, so that you can reduce it to compressed mpeg files and listen to it with little earbuds while you’re sipping a Rum Barrel on some faraway beach…or even Minneapolis, ” adds producer Br. Cleve. More information, including videos about their tiki school, Okonkuluku University, is available at waitiki.com. Enroll in a cocktailology or watermelon-sacrificing class today!

Awards & Reviews
11th Annual/2007 Hawaii Music Award, Best Album, Exotica Category
November 2007: Humu Kon Tiki’s Blog reviews RIO
August 2007: Reax Music Mag (Tampa, FL)
July 2007: DJ Jason Croft for Java’s Bachelor Pad radio show


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Paul Poletz

Top Notch!
My only regret about this album is that I wish I found out about it sooner! Waitiki does it again! They deliver a degree of Neo-Exotica that is second to none. If you want that Tiki Bar feeling at the moment you push play then don't hesitate to purchase this CD. Pick up two copies, one for you and one for a friend who will ask where you got it! Enjoy!