MUSIC VOYAGER travels to Cat Island in search of the roots of rake and scrape, the local music style Bahamians call their own. After a beach-side performance by traditionalists Bo Hog and the Rooters, it’s a trip to Grand Bahama in search of Stileet, a new generation rake and scrape singer who is bringing urban attitude to the style.
In Hawaiʻi, music has always been much more than a form of entertainment; it has been a key to Hawaiian culture. This one-hour documentary explores the sources of a complex tradition, from early chants and 19th century gospel influences, to the work of composers who flourished between the 1870s and the 1920s, for whom Hawaiian was still a first language. This film pays tribute to the poetry and play of their lyrics, as well as the places and features of nature which inspired songs still loved and played today.
This is the fourth film in Eddie and Myrna Kamae’s highly acclaimed Hawaiian Legacy Series. It features some of Hawaiʻi’s most respected cultural resources and talented performers. Among them: Pualani Kanakaʻole Kanahele, Lydia “Mama” Hale, Andy Commings, Clyde “Kindy” Sproat, Helena Maka Santos, Sheldeen Halemau, Gary Halemau, Aaron Mahi, Rev. Dennis Kamakahi and “Braddah Smitty” Hoapili Smith.
“A fascinating cultural story of Hawaiʻi from the 1870s to the 1920s, as seen through the development of a distinctly Hawaiian style of music. It charts the melding of imported musical forms with the indigenous chants of the native Hawaiians, and shows the continuous inspiration of the natural beauty of the islands.”
– Rita De Silva, The Garden Island
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio opened in 1995. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the spectacular glass pyramid, reflects the idea that rock and roll is a prism through which we can more clearly see and understand our culture and ourselves. This film features the museum’s fascinating collection of sights and sounds that skillfully recreate the story of rock from its roots to its ubiquitous acceptance as a soundtrack of our lives. The iconic artifacts include Muddy Waters’ primary guitar, John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper uniform and Michael Jackson’s glove. The music itself is curated at the museum in a variety of ways, including interactive listening booths that connect influences from one artist to another across the decades. “So, it’s not four skinny guys with long hair and guitars only,” explains Greg Harris, President and CEO of the museum. It’s also vocalists, folk singers, soul music, dance music, hip-hop, punk, heavy metal, grunge and electronic dance music. All are branches of the tree of rock and roll.
Stage and screen star Norm Lewis (Phantom of the Opera, Scandal) presents a show that crosses stylistic boundaries, from opera to cabaret to gospel.