The Aloha Ball will have the most culturally diverse entertainment during the Inauguration weekend.
We begin the evening with traditional Hawaiian music from the land of Aloha that nutured Barack Obama’s young soul. While still a younster, Barack’s grandfather used to take him to jazz clubs, and we will continue the evening with a musical fusion of Hawaiian music and jazz. As a teenager, Barack enjoyed the popular rhythm & blues bands from the 70s, and we will conclude the evening with chart topping party anthems by a musical legend.
George Clinton dominated and revolutionized the music scene in the later half of the 1970’s when Barack Obama was a teenager in Honolulu. He created the melting pot of music known as P-Funk: a welding of rhythm & blues, jazz, gospel and psychedelic rock. His disciples include Prince, Outkast and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic were inducted into the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. He is best known around the world for his uniquely innovative sound and some of the best party anthems of the 1970’s, including One Nation Under a Groove, a very appropriate theme song for the inaugural festivites.
Brother Ah and the Aloha World Music Ensemble
Brother Ah (Robert Northern) is a renowned composer, instrumentalist and director of the World Music Ensemble, a collective with musical roots from all over the world. He has performed and recorded with great jazz legends, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Max Roach and many others.
Brother Ah is bringing together talented musicians from Hawaii or with Hawaiian musical roots, to perform as the Aloha World Music Ensemble, playing a fusion of native Hawaiian music and progressive jazz. Featuring Makua Rai on piano, Randy Wong on bass, Raymund Golamco on guitar, Kris Kato on ukelele, Milton Russ on percussion, Arron Walker on drums and Kaina Quenga their hula dancer.
Kumu Hula Manu Ikaika
Manu Ikaika is a well known Hawaiian composer and Kumu Hula (Master Instructor) who created a new “Mele Inoa” or name chant in honor of Hawaii-born president Barack Obama. In old Hawaii, name chants were composed for Hawaiian kings and queens, and have been passed down for generations. The debut of this “oli” is a special gift from Hawaii to our country’s new leader.
Halau O ‘Aulani
A native Hawaiian cultural school co-founded by Ku’ulei Stockman and located in Virginia. Student volunteers will perform traditional and contemporary Hawaiian hula.
Halau Ho’omau I ka Wai Ola O Hawaii
This Halau (school) is made up of people from Hawaii who currently live in the Washington area. Kumu Hula Manu Ikaika is their leader, a composer and choreographer of Hawaiian music and dance.