Wapaduzi in Hawaii
Wapaduzi Is Ian Taylor Vocalist/Keyboardist/Drummer & John Valentine Vocalist/Guitarist/Percussionist. Influenced with the sounds of the Hawaiian islands. All original songs written by Ian. Except Ain't No Big Thing written by Kui Lee. Two creative musicians produced this fun @ entertaining collage of musical genius. The personal stamp of each of those fine entertainers can be heard throughout the production. You'll enjoy this unique variety of Island music. Also with Hawaii's top studio musicians; Greg Sardinha on Steel guitar. Cory Funai on Harmonica. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WapaDuzi makes music with verve Review by John Berger, Special to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin WAPADUZI evokes memories of They Might Be Giants, Simon & Garfunkel and Steely Dan with a musical potpourri that defies easy categorization. The sound is quirky, creative, diverse. For these reasons, the album will almost certainly be ignored by Hawaii's 'island music' and 'adult contemporary' radio stations. John Valentine is a multi-faceted veteran of the Waikiki scene with comparable credits as record producer and recording artist. Ian Taylor's songs are a fascinating mix of musical ideas realized with guitar, 'ukulele, acoustic steel guitar, harmonica, and an assortment of synthetic instruments. Few local artists integrate live and synthetic instruments as smoothly or show such imagination doing remakes. The duo deconstructs Kui Lee's 'Ain't No Big Thing' with a verve Lee would likely applaud.