Ozzie Kotani is a respected teacher, arranger, composer and accompanist as well as a solo performer. He has played ki ho`alu, Hawaiian slack key guitar, for over 20 years, representing it on the Mainland, in Spain and Japan, as well as all around the Hawaiian islands. Like the late slack key master Sonny Chillingworth, with whom he studied, he freely interjects his own personality into his playing, preserving and expanding the tradition.
Born in 1956, Ozzie grew up in the Honolulu neighborhood of Pauoa. He learned a bit of `ukulele in the fourth grade as part of the statewide music and culture curriculum.
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