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OneHawaii produces Warriors Rally Song

"Warriors Cry" Salutes University of Hawaii Warriors' Undefeated Season - Willie K., Vili The Warrior and Robert Kekaula have released a song honoring the UH Warriors - HONOLULU (Dec. 13, 2007)-Hawaii's own Willie K., Vili The Warrior and Robert Kekaula have teamed up to honor the University of Hawaii Warrior football team in "Warriors Cry," a song written by Willie K. and featuring performances by Vili The Warrior and Robert Kekaula. The song is produced by Willie K. and Warren Wyatt (WorldSound), mixed by Ron "Ruff" Boyce and released and marketed by OneHawaii. University of Hawaii Warrior fans will be able to download the song from iTunes beginning Tuesday, Dec. 18. A single of the song also will be released the following week by OneHawaii at stores throughout Hawaii. "We wrote it as a tribute to the boys for their undefeated season," said Willie K. "It's inspired by the team's Ha'a." "I dedicate my performance to June Jones for his love for our state, our people and our culture," said Vili The Warrior. "I'd also like to thank Coach Jones for believing in me and for giving birth to Vili The Warrior." "The Warriors deserve all the accolades and attention they're getting," said Robert Kekaula. "Working with the GREATEST team in school history, with the GREATEST mascot in the country and state's GREATEST on-stage talent in Willie K., is indeed an honor."
 

 
Na Leo still going strong after decades on stage
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by Jason Genegabus - Star Bulleting
WITH SO many local recording artists struggling for success, it's comforting to know some industry veterans are able to change with the times and still make a profit.

Na Leo is a group with no plans to retire anytime soon. After signing a distribution deal with Koch, the ladies are set to release their 19th studio album next week.

"E Hula Mai Kakou" is due in stores (and iTunes) on Tuesday. The release marks the start of Na Leo's 25th anniversary celebration, which lasts until August 2009 and includes their most extensive U.S. mainland tour to date.

With help from producer Shawn Pimental, the ladies have produced an instant classic for hula halau around the world. "E Hula Mai Kakou" features a number of original compositions, plus new material written by Puakea Nogelmeier, Violet Hughes and Kahauanu Lake.

Na Leo will head for the mainland next week, with a pair of concerts scheduled in San Diego with Keali'i Reichel and Weldon Kekauoha before moving on to Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas for the Fourth of July weekend. They'll be joined in Seattle and Vegas by Reichel, Ernie Cruz Jr. and Kaukahi
 

 
One Right Turn's Bold Debut Release

When the members of One Right Turn gathered to record their debut release, there was such a wealth of material One Hawaii decided on a unprecedented and bold move.
Along with their impressive debut as a group, the label has decided to release a solo recording from each member.
One Right Turn - Lean On My Shoulder, Connie, Tiffa, Imua and a box set of all four CD's will be in stores and online Tuesday, October 14th.
"Imua, Connie & Tiffa have unique voices and styles of their own that when combined produce a fourth unique style, so we decided to release a group CD along with a solo CD by each member simultaneously." "I don't know of any other group having attempted this before, but with over 250 originals between the three members and the fun they were having in the studio it just made sense." - Warren Wyatt, President, WorldSound
 

 
Anuhea is going viral
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By Kawehi Haug
Advertiser Entertainment Writer

Meet Anuhea Jenkins. Singer, songwriter, guitarist ... and Hawai'i's biggest pop music export since Jack Johnson?
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Sure, everyone wants to be known as the next Jack Johnson, but Anuhea ... well, she just might the one.

Last month, after being one of five Hawai'i artists to be invited to perform at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, her self-titled debut album reached No. 7 on iTunes' most-downloaded-albums list. The songstress also opened for folk-blues artist Amos Lee when he was in Honolulu in May for a two-show engagement, and rumor has it she stole the show. We'd say too bad for Lee, except that he's the one who started the rumor.

Last week, Anuhea, who goes by just "Anuhea" performed in Los Angeles for an exclusive audience of industry heavy hitters, any one of whom could set her on the path to pop music superstardom.

So yeah, all things considered, it's pretty safe to say that Anuhea might be the next big thing to come out of the Islands.

Of course, there are no guarantees. At 23, Anuhea knows what she wants, and what she wants is to be a multiplatinum-selling recording artist with a Grammy (or two or ...) and a foreign boyfriend to wake up to every morning. OK, that last part isn't a must, but if we're talking about her ideal life in, say, 10 years, she's putting it out there that she would dig a nice Brazilian.

"I hope that in 10 years, I'll have a family and a successful music career," Anuhea said. "I want to be able to do it all, like Gwen Stefani and Nelly Furtado do. If they can do it, I can too."

Anuhea is proof that the Internet makes its own kind of stars. In the age of YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, DIY singer-songwriter types like Anuhea literally have the world at their fingertips.

Right now, Anuhea's job as a pop music artist is to spend eight, 10 or sometimes 12 hours every day on the Internet keeping up with her real fans via a virtual groupie community.

It's called viral marketing, and it's second nature for the Maui native, who now lives in Hawai'i Kai.

"I can spend all day just keeping my fans posted on what's going on with me, " she said. "And it's a mutual thing. They become my fans and I become theirs because we're able to communicate and connect using the Internet."

Oh, how things change.

Remember the time when a rock star was about as accessible to his or her fans as Mars' second moon? Those days are all but forgotten, thanks to the Internet. And lucky for people like Anuhea.

"Whatever success I've had so far, I attribute to the whole viral thing," she said. "I'm really active online, and it gives me a window to the whole world."

And what up-and-coming star doesn't want the world at her disposal? It can only help, even if it is just a virtual world.

But even if Anuhea could sit comfortably at her computer and garner the kind of success she's after, she wouldn't be able to do it. She's too social. Too engaged. Too reliant on the interaction between her, the singer, and her audience.

"I thrive on the energy of an audience. On knowing that they feel me, and I feel them."

And so it's on to the next phase, one that requires more hard work and more than just a YouTube following.

Anuhea, who writes her own songs and is her own accompaniment on the guitar, is now hoping to take her viral popularity and grow it until it's big enough to fit into the biggest stadiums in the world.

Her album is a slick, well-produced record that clearly reflects her influences: Bob Marley, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, while still being all Anuhea.

Comparisons to artists like Jewel, Colbie Caillat and Anna Nalick are unavoidable. She's got that whole folksy, barefoot-girl-and-a-guitar vibe. But there's no mistaking that Anuhea comes from these Islands, an influence that no one else can claim. Except for Jack Johnson. And like Johnson, she can't help but sound local. But where Johnson is all about the cha-langalang, Anuhea is all about the skank.

With more than just a thread of reggae in her music, Anuhea pays serious homage to not only pure reggae influences like Bob Marley, but also to the localized version of reggae, known as Jawaiian.

Is the rest of the world ready for Jawaiian-slash-pop-slash-R&B? If Nico from Switzerland, Anuhea's self-proclaimed biggest fan has anything to say about it, the answer is, yes.

And Anuhea's ready to take on the world.

"I'm not the best singer. I'm not the best guitarist. I'm not the prettiest. I know that," she said. "But I have a passion for this. I love it, and I want to do this for the rest of my life."
Anuhea's 25 Random Things, Facebook-style future, past

1. I'm from Maui, but I've never been to Lana'i.

2. I am THE oldest of my generation in all my family- both sides, all cousins and siblings.

3. I've never had a voice or guitar lesson in my entire life.

4. I bought my senior prom dress from Savers.

5. I know every single word to many old-school rap songs like "Bust a Move," "Baby Got Back," "Ice Ice Baby" and "Humpty Hump."

6. I consider a person's sense of humor to be of higher importance than anything else when it comes to guys/friends.

7. I'm obsessed with sushi. I could eat it for breakfast lunch and dinner.

8. I was president of my high school video club.

9. I'm terrified of jumping off high things. Bungee jumping? Skydiving? No, thank you.

10. My brothers are named Michael and Jordan after Michael Jordan.

11. I make my bed every morning.

12. I'm the most car-accident-prone person I know.

13. I would like to someday have my own reality TV show.

14. I'm super into mixed martial arts but am scared to train myself.

15. I'm part Chinese.

16. My first job was at The Pet Shop (Maui).

17. I suck at cooking.

18. I used to raise Jackson chameleons.

19. I played the trumpet in intermediate school.

20. I can recite every line from the movie "Liar Liar," verbatim.

21. I'm obsessed with Spam musubi.

22. I've never had the chicken pox.

23. One wall of my bedroom is covered in a collage made from magazine clippings and photos.

24. I want to dye my hair black, but I can't until I sell a million records.

25. My alter ego is a tatted up, Kat Von D-type, motorcycle-riding bad ass!
future, past

Anuhea's dream collabo team: If she could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, Anuhea said she'd love to work with Michael Jackson, Amos Lee, Bob Marley, James Taylor or Busta Rhymes.

Anuhea's perfect supergroup: If she were to form a supergroup, the members would be Carlos Santana on guitar, Travis Barker on drums, Flea on bass, and Alicia Keys on piano and backing vocals.

Anuhea's best main act: If Anuhea could tour with and open for anyone, she would pick Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson or Gym Class Heroes.

The last album Anuhea bought or downloaded: "Sunny Side Up" by Paolo Nutini

Reach Kawehi Haug at khaug@honoluluadvertiser.com.
 

 
Acoustic for Autism Reviewed in the Boston Globe
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This sterling project started with two New Hampshire high school friends finding each other 20 years later on Facebook. Producers Louis Gendron and Mike Cusanelli, who come from Claremont, N.H., learned they both have autistic children and they wanted to do something to help the cause. Hence, this magical benefit CD. Cusanelli is a VP at Seattle’s WorldSound Records and he rounded up some label acts such as the Brooklyn-based Analoque Transit (their shimmering "Breathe" is a plea for strength). Anuhea's "Endlessly" is a highlight here. New Englanders are also represented: Chris Trapper of Push Stars fame (his "Across the World" is about breaking through boundaries), folk star Kris Delmhorst (her ascending phrases on "Light of the Light" induce chills), Maines Cormac McCarthy (whose "This Beautiful Place" is about perseverance), Dennis Crommett (of Northampton's Winterpills) and Bay Stater Elizabeth Lorrey, who offers a classy, Sarah McLachlan-like "Awakening." None of the songs was specifically written about autism, but all are selected because of their positive messages. They are sequenced beautifully and add up to a profound listening experience. Plus, all proceeds go to autism charities. (Out now through the website AcousticforAutism.org and iTunes, Amazon and other Internet outlets.) STEVE MORSE

© Copyright 2009 Globe Newspaper Company.
 

 
Music Pick: Anuhea
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Non-Jamaican reggae is booming as of late thanks to a handful of talented Hawaiian and Californian artists. Last time she came to town, Hawaii's Anuhea packed Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub with fans on just three weeks notice. Chalk it up to her unique ability to meld sunny Hawaiian style, soul and sassy pop. Love songs such as 'Higher than the Clouds', 'I Just Want You Around' and 'Simple Love Song' put you in a dreamlike state with their laid-back vibes. They've also helped Anuhea become one of the most played modern artists on Hawaiian radio stations. Fellow islander Justin Young and Sac's Squarefield Massive open. 2708 J Street, www.anuheajams.com.
 

 
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