I will be reviewing his album 'IZ the man and his music in concert'. It is a collection of live songs but the audio clarity is amazing!
I can only pay tribute this man as he is an inspiration to me, both as a polynesian/maori and as someone, who suffers from leukaemia I have always found a soothing element to his music it really touches your soul, he was a giant of a man with the most heavenly voice and that is really the only way you can describe his voice.
The album starts with Ahi Wela/Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which has the most magical vocals and awesome ukulele playing such a beautiful song. The next song is E Ku'u Morning Dew again it is divine, it takes you to Hawaii but in the eyes of a native Hawaiian just amazing. The same could be said about the song Kamalani which is based on a love story, worth listening for the amazing voice of IZ. Then we move onto Kaleohano a slow majestic song, sung with a fragile intensity that only Brudda IZ could sing.
We then move onto a more uptempo song Margarita and it is one of my favourites, it is such a happy song that you can't help but smile and it makes you want to get up and dance to the awesome music. The next is an introduction to IZ called "This Hawaiian Man" Intro it really sums up Brudda IZ and all that he stood for. The next is a Chant which to me is everything that the Hawaiians are about, their history, their culture and for those that don't know, chants were used to invoke the gods, nice to see that this rich history is still be kept alive, may it NEVER die.
Then we move onto E Ala E which is another classic song about Hawaiian people and it will move you like it moved me. He sings it with such passion that you can't help but be moved by the plight of the native Hawaiians. The next song is such a light hearted and upbeat song called Hene Hene Kou 'Aka, which takes you to another place, as does the next song Lover of Mine beautiful, is all you can say.
We then move onto White Sandy Beach a song that takes you to Hawaii. Then we have 'Opae E a song a based on a traditional Hawaiian legend and the way IZ retells the story is magical. Then we have n Dis Life which is a darker song with the most haunting vocals and one of my all time favourite lyrics, which goes "n Dis Life I was loved by you". wow, just pure joy and magic. Maui Hawaiian Sup'pa Man what a song, I know that a friend of mine that published a book called the "Legends of Maui" check it out below , and I must say that it is one of my all time best songs ever written, what more can I say.
Hawai'i '78 is the best song on the album, the pain and suffering that the Hawaiian people of endured is all brought to life and you can get a sense of what makes them so special, although the message is sad, it is a song that is so full of hope for a better future for all Hawaiians. The last song is Hawai'i Aloha and it is such a beautiful way to end the album.
Do yourself a favour and get this album and if you are like me, you will go out and buy all his albums. For you are truly getting to listen to a gift, a special man with a message to all and a voice that you can't get enough of, just get it!!!
Till next week Peace Out my bitches!
He has the strength of a god, the cunning of a seasoned warrior and the determination of a superhero. he is Maui - legendary trickster, champion weapons-master and protector of the people. Legends of Maui is Jason Te Puia's first book depicting two well-known tales - Maui Slows the Sun and Maui Attacks Tuna Roa - in comic strip form.