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Recordings:

James "Bla" Pahinui  
Windward Heart - Live Solo
     (38052)

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Tracks
  • Introduction 1:08
  • Waimanalo Blues (vocal) 3:45
  • Medley: Wai O Ke Aniani/E Nihi Ka Hele (vocal) 5:43
  • Gabby's Song (vocal) 4:24
  • E Pili Mai (vocal) 3:28
  • Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua (vocal) 3:23
  • If I Give My Heart to You (vocal) 2:39
  • Moonlight Lady (vocal) 4:03
  • Dialogue: Memories of Gabby 2:07
  • Pua Tubarose (vocal) 5:19
  • Makapu'u Beach (vocal) 2:52
  • Waimanalo Country Boy (vocal) 3:36
  • May God Bless You (You'll Never Meet Another Kanaka Like Me) (vocal) 2:49
  • Encore: Meleana E (vocal) 4:01
  • Ua (Rain) (instrumental) 6:57

Bla Pahinui's soulful voice and guitar shine through on these classic live, solo performances. The second oldest son of legendary slack key master Gabby Pahinui, Bla is deeply rooted in tradition and distinctively original. Whether singing old standards or more recent originals, whether enjoying a good laugh or dropping tears, he remains one of Hawaiian music's true individualists.



James "Bla" Pahinui    
Mana

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Tracks
  Incoming (instrumental) 4:58
  Ka'ena (vocal) 6:54
  Aloha Ka Manini (vocal) 5:32
  E Aloha E (Embracing Life) (vocal) 4:55
  Meleana E (vocal) 3:02
  Kaua'i Beauty (vocal) 5:28
  Gabby Kai (instrumental) 4:49
  Ku'u Ipo (I Ka He'e Pu'e One) (vocal) 4:57
  Sanoe (vocal) 5:08
  Maori Brown Eyes (instrumental) 3:46
  '50s Medley: Silhouettes (On the Shade) / Goodnight My Love / Can't Help Falling In Love (With You)
       (vocal) 7:27
  Isa Lei (instrumental) 6:25

Bla is the second-oldest son of Hawaiian music and slack key legend Gabby "Pops" Pahinui. As a former member of the Sunday Manoa, The Gabby Band and the Pahinui Brothers, Bla perpetuates his family's heartfelt commitment to Hawaiian music. On this, his first solo slack key recording, Bla draws upon mana (spiritual power of soul), when performing his original instrumentals, unique interpretations of Hawaiian favorites, and Mainland oldies.



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