In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!)
We’re continuing the series with Ledward Kaapana, a master Hawaiian slack key guitar and ukulele player and singer in both baritone and falsetto ranges. He was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011. He appeared at the Library of Congress on July 5, 2017.
In the first player, watch the concert. Then scroll down for the oral history!
In the oral history, John Fenn spoke with Ledward Kaapana about his tradition and his life in Hawaiian music:
The American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series brings music, dance, and spoken arts from across the country, and some from further afield, to the Library of Congress. For information on current concerts, visit the Folklife Concerts page at Concerts from the Library of Congress. For past concerts, including links to webcasts and other information, visit the Homegrown Concerts Online Archive.