Strange Brouhaha

Monday, February 14, 2005

It's not quite Jethro Tull, but...

The first-ever Grammy for best Hawaiian music recording has gone to Charles Brotman. That's not necessarily a bad thing, you understand, honor to be nominated blah blah blah, but shouldn't the first one EVER be a "body of work" Grammy? The Cazimeros were robbed.


  • (Fj) The slack key album received little air play in Hawaii. The Kealii Reichel album won 7 or 8 Na Hokus (local music awards). The mainland people voting for the best album understand nice slack key guitar music, but don't understand chants and Hawaiian language songs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:54 PM  

  • Good point.

    By Blogger Savannah, at 2:20 PM  

  • (sis)I agree with FJ. Mainlanders don't know the language or the special voice quality of some of our Hawaiian singers (Hanaialii-Gilliom). When I saw who won, I said "who???". I've never even heard of the guy (Brotman) or any one else he had featured on his album. Better Luck next time to the Caz.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:18 PM  

  • After further consideration, I decided that this is indeed the Hawaiian music equivalent of the Tull debacle. I mean, come on, the Cazimeros have been at the forefront of Hawaiian music for decades! Kealii Reichel has had HUGE crossover success in the world music arena. (And yes, hello, Amy Hanaialii Gilliom's voice!) At least there's a category now, but let's be honest...a slack key album will win it every year.

    By Blogger Robert, at 7:10 PM  

  • Well, but if it's a slack key album by Keola Beamer, that wouldn't be so bad, would it?

    By Blogger Savannah, at 7:19 PM  

  • Oh, but obviously I know that if it's *every flipping year* then that's a problem. I wish people would get a clue. The chants and Hawaiian-language songs should not be ignored.

    By Blogger Savannah, at 7:23 PM  

  • (Josh) Well, Motorhead won the metal category. That's certainly better than Linkin Park, I guess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:54 PM  

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