The Japanese have their own tradition of Hawaiian-type music dating from the
inter-war years when they held League of Nations mandates for chunks of
Polynesia. It often crops up in Japanese films of the 1930s and I hope
someone is documenting it, but it¹s safe from me. There were a couple of
examples in the recent Ozu season at London¹s National Film Theatre.
While we¹re here the Japanese reissue (Buffalo BUF127) of the Kapakahi Jug
Band is worth picking up if you¹re interested in that kind of thing as it is
the only recorded legacy as far as I know of the African-American spoons
player Pee Wee Drake, who was something else, and a rare instance of
African-American involvement with revivalists, but it was in Hawaii. The
rest of the band are enormous fun as well. There are some videos on You Tube
of the Kapakahi Jug Band, but they are recent and lack the youthful
enthusiasm of the old recordings. Drake, who became something of a mentor to
the young folks, joined Gabriel¹s band years ago.
on 04/03/2010 19:51, Mordechai Litzman at folke613@...
> This is a jam session between the oldest Japanese jug band, the Old Southern
> Jug Blowers (in uniform), and the Sweet Hollywaiians. It is such a relaxed and
> fun session, and the musicians really seem to enjoy themselves without taking
> themselves seriously, all with excellent results. The humility and team
> playing of the jug band is extraordinary. Every time I watch and listen to
> this clip I notice and hear new things. These guys are the best!
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