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“Sistah Robi” Kahakalau Serenades HPR’s Atherton Audiences August 24

Concert Showcases Eclectic Repertoire from New Album, "Robi Calling"

  Multiple N? H?k? Hanohano Award winner Robi Kahakalau brings her much loved signature sound to Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio. Her concert on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m. features music from her recent CD release Robi Calling. Reservations for this intimate experience with “Sistah Robi” may be made online or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaii Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street.

Ever since the release of her first Hawaiian Style Band recording in 1992, Kahakalau has held her place as one of Hawai‘i’s most admired and respected entertainers. Known for her sweet, soulful vocals and luscious harmonies, her multi-cultural and linguistic expertise also place her among the islands’ most versatile female vocalists. Robi Calling follows in the footsteps of her three highly acclaimed solo releases, Sistah Robi (1995), Keiki O Ka ‘?ina (1997), and All I Want (2000). Staying true to form, Kahakalau once again offers an eclectic assortment of musical styles, ranging from traditional Hawaiian and Tahitian, island contemporary with elements of reggae, and folk, to rock balladry, and even a touch of jazz. Highlights include a youthful take on the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau's beautiful “Ke‘ala”; “Na Moku ‘Eha / Ka Lei E,” which blends two traditional Hawaiian songs; the Tahitian language “Tera Mai Te Tiare”; a jazzy take on the ballad “One for My Baby” popularized by Frank Sinatra; and the timeless Motown classic “Cruisin’,” presented as a velvety duet.

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