Natalie Ai’ Kamauu at Pakele Lounge for Pakele Live celebrating her 2nd CD Release, “I” (pronounced ee). This song is an ancient chant taken from the Pele and Hi’iaka saga which is illustrated with a melody arousing emotions of love and desire. The birds led upon the sweet liquid of the lehua unable to quench their thirst just as weary travelers were enticed to pluck the blossoms, plaiting them into wreaths.
Natalie along with her husband Iolani became part of a group called “Sunland” along with Chad Guerrero and Claudia Vazquez. It was kind of a mixture of Euro-techno and Hawaiian pop; put together by Henry & Peter Bergstrom – Swedish-born writer/producers. They would have several hits from the “Eruption” CD – “We Are Only Human” and “Juliet”.
With cultural and musical differences and questions about financing, Natalie and ‘Iolani broke from the group to musically make their own way again.
Hula was always a part of Natalie; but it wasn’t long before Natalie began shining solo in the spotlight again. Many among the hula community and Hawaiian music fans proclaimed, “Finally!” when Natalie Ai Kamauu’s solo release “‘E,” arrived. It would win her the title of 2006 Female Vocalist of the Year at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
With the release of her second recording, `I, her fans find a different faceting of her love for music and hula with her signature sweet voice, strong spirit and playful heart. A true musical gem, with husband, Iolani, on vocals and instrumentation, you will fall in love with all that is Hawaii as her voice brings clarity and color to Hawaiian music today. At the very first note, Natalie will command your attention, just as she always has.