Makana explodes into new musical realms with his latest release, produced by multi-platinum producer Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones) and renowned producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt), with breathtaking arrangements by Grammy-award winning keyboardist and composer Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton) and production and engineering by Hawai’i’s award-winning producer/ engineer Pierre Grill.
Ripe is the most diverse Makana album to date~ brimming with acoustic surf music, slack key, symphonic epics, folk, rock, pop, Mediterranean, Appalachian and traditional Hawaiian sounds. It celebrates his collective musical journey and reflects his exciting live performances, showcasing a new side of Makana as a powerful composer. Songs include Manic, “the happy song for sadness”, Nectarine, a sexy love ballad that always goes over big at his live shows, his long-loved cover of Zeppelin’s Going to California, a tribute to slack key master Gabby Pahinui in Hi’ilawe, a groundbreaking guitar duet with renowned Maui guitar master Jeff Peterson, the heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballad Tears and Makana’s anthemic protest song We Are The Many, among others.
Featuring all-original vintage album artwork by Marlowe Holt, a fold-out poster (just like in the olden days and full liner notes including Makana’s inspiring Mind Mint prose. If you like Makana, you’ll LOVE Ripe.
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