Bob Bash: Marley’s son, Ky-Mani, will headline 2019 event at Lahaina Civic Center
Sounding more like his iconic father than his brothers, Ky-Mani Marley will headline the “Bob Bash 2019” festival on Saturday, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s historic concert at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The second youngest of Bob Marley’s 11 children, Jamaican singer Ky-Mani first attracted international attention when his single “Dear Dad” topped the British reggae charts.
“My thing is just to modernize it (reggae) a bit,” he reported in an earlier Maui News interview. “It’s not the traditional reggae that we’re used to such as my father made and Burning Spear.”
More recently the Grammy-nominated artist released the album “Maestro,” featuring his brother Damian Marley, Matisyahu and Gentleman. Reggaeville praised the album as, “a collection that showcases the conscious and conscience of the singer. Over a dozen tracks, Marley glides between sojourns of love and high times to calls for action and messages of faith.”
“I just want to make more good music and try to elevate the music each time,” he reported. “I’m just trying to leave a name for myself, someone who, when my kids grow up, will have someone to follow, just like I had an opportunity to follow a great man.”
The Bob Bash 2019 festival with headliner Ky-Mani Marley will be presented at
1 p.m. Saturday at the Lahaina Civic Center. Performers include T Flatz & The Plantation Kids, Ooklah The Moc with Mr.83, Ben Gali, Koko Mon, Natural Vibrations, Hawaiian Homeboy, Innavision, Leoka Longakit and Ilona Irvine. Tickets are $40, $50 and $100 for VIPs. Tickets are available from the Farmacy Health Bar, Local Boys Shave Ice, Westside Vibes, Solid Clothing Company, The Collective Empire and YNVU Clothing Store, or online at www.bobbash.com.
Makana’s Valentine’s Day concert on Feb. 14 in Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater could be his last Maui show in a long time, as the Na Hoku Award-winning musician reports that he’s dropping out from live performance to concentrate on myriad projects.
“I’m going to be taking a long sabbatical and rarely appearing,” he says. “I have too many large-scale projects going on to want to perform much. This is the last of an era.”
Taught at an early age by slack key guitar great Sonny Chillingworth, this innovative, guitarist developed an original voice early in his career.
He’s currently immersed in a variety of music projects that includes “a royalty free body of music that’s available free on Facebook and Instagram for users to sync to their uploaded videos,” he explains. “It’s an amazing project called Facebook Sound Collection. It’s one of the coolest things happening in music with many artists from around the world involved.”
He’s also producing a bunch of public domain Hawaiian music with new arrangements as well as an eclectic body of original music, “everything from a new genre I call pidgin reggae to Balinese hip hop, to Celtic/Gaelic music, to ’80s retro, New Wave, electronica ambient music, all kinds.”
Then there’s an intriguing project for the new Beachcomber in Waikiki.
“I’m licensing them a new collection of what I call Hawaiian downtempo, like a Hawaiian version of the Buddha Bar (compilation CD) series, sampling indigenous Hawaiian sounds and instruments and building cool sounds around that, a kind of lounge vibe,” Makana continues. “It sounds ancient and modern at the same time. I’ll release it as a collection sometime this year.”
Last fall Makana traveled to Russia, visiting St. Petersburg and Moscow, where he was given the opportunity to descend into a once-secret nuclear bomb shelter.
It was in this eerie, cavernous bunker that he felt inspired to improvise a powerful new song, “Mourning Armageddon,” which can be seen in a video at https://vimeo.com/310276887.
The video was released on Jan. 13 to mark the one-year anniversary of Hawaii’s false missile alert.
“They were in the process of opening it (the bunker) up to become a museum and I happened to be the first America to go into it,” he explains. “I was inspired on the spot. It was one of those epic moments that would never happen again, and the sound was so incredible. It just started to pour out of me.”
With the president canceling the nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, the video is very timely. “We’re headed to what I call the second cold war,” he says. “Treaties that prevented an unchecked arms race are now being abandoned, and there are hackers every day trying to hack into these nuclear armament systems.
“It’s depressing and no one wants to talk about it, and that’s why I get involved to create art to give people an entry into a difficult topics like biotech and GMOs, or Wall Street and economic issues, or nuclear war.”
* Tickets for Makana at McCoy Studio Theater at MACC in Kahului on Feb. 14 cost $35, $45, and $65 (plus fees). Call 242-SHOW, go to the box office or visit www.mauiart.org.
Maui Chamber Orchestra’s “Play On!”gala at 5 p.m. Saturday will feature a special performance by winners of the 2018 Youth Concerto Competition, Ylang and Yxing Guo, who along with their siblings Ymin and Yanling, playing Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins.” The benefit will also feature the music of Haydn, Mozart, Bach, and Copeland with various MCO musicians, including Leighanna Locke, Dale Button, Laura Cole, and Casey Murphy-Hughes.
* Tickets for“Play On!” cost $125 and are available at www.mauichamberorchestra.org.
Grammy winner Kalani Pe’a has been on the Mainland on his Music for the Soul tour which closes today in Irvine, Calif. Nominated for a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album for “No ‘Ane’i,” he will be among the first awards presenters Sunday at the Premiere Grammy ceremony, which precedes the main evening event.
Na Hoa, featuring Ikaika Blackburn, Keoni Souza and Halehaku Seabury-Akaka, is nominated in the Roots category as well.