Mana / I Be Hawaiian
Album: I Be Hawaiian   Collection:Reggae
Artist: Mana   Added:May 2007
Label: Way Out West Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-05-27 Pull Date: 2007-07-29 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jul 29 Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1 Jun 3
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 13, 2020: KZSU Training Hour
Reflection
4. Nov 24, 2008: Happy Hour
Mista Vagabond
2. Feb 21, 2013: Happy Hour
Mista Vagabond
5. May 26, 2008: Happy Hour - Coverin' for PACC
War
3. Nov 08, 2012: Happy Hour
War
6. Jul 28, 2007: New World Disorder
Reflection

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-05-29
Mana – I Be Hawaiian
Reviewed by Sadie O., 5/23/07
Very political Hawaiian reggae. Much better than most Hawaiian reggae, which seems to be mostly sappy love songs. Lots of freedom songs, a few personal songs. Mana (which is a widespread term denoting spiritual strength) has a very nice voice, although a lot of the music and vocals are a bit commercial-sounding for my tastes. However, there are a lot of really strong, worthwhile songs.
No FCCs noted. Track 14 is best, 7, 11 and 13 are good too.
1. 3:15 *slow intro with very unhappy woman talking about Hawaiian oppression. Downtempo skank. Need a revolution lyrics.
2. 4:09 *midtempo electronic dancehall/skank, Hawaiian pride/bum dem lyrics.
3. 4:07 **midtempo, syncopated electronic dancehall, sad story about crystal meth abuse – apparently a huge problem in Hawaii, as it appears on most CDs.
4. 4:05 **downtempo and subdued roots skank, strong Hawaiian socio-political lyrics.
5. 4:54 *midtempo skank, more Hawaiian socio-politics. Frankly rather generic music, but strong message.
6. 3:58 downbeat, subdued music, sad personal song about divorce.
7. 3:25 ***short chanted intro, midtempo skank, strong lyrics and delivery. Abrupt ending.
8. 4:11 **strong midtempo roots skank, diatribe against musical plagiarism. Startlingly pretty bit of acoustic guitar.
9. 3:29 midtempo commercial riddim, some female vocals, wedding song for his wife. Sweet, and totally not my bag…
10. 4:01 **midtempo electronic dancehall skank, freedom song.
11. 3:14 ***very pretty midtempo roots skank – sweet, but not cloying. Should be naughty, but it isn’t.
12. 3:44 **hard midtempo electronic dancehall skank, rather “R&B” lyrics and delivery.
13. 4:10 ***midtempo roots skank, Hawaiian freedom lyrics.
14. 3:45 ****midtempo roots skank, a bit subdued but strong music, freedom lyrics.
15. 4:00 VERY slow and relaxed acoustic guitar, song about family and loss.

Track Listing
1. War   8. Mista Vagabond
2. I Be Hawaiian   9. Kuuipo
3. Beauty Queen   10. Annexation
4. Be Alright   11. Skankin In The Bedroom
5. Never Again   12. Moemoea Woman
6. Pick Up The Pieces   13. Out For More
7. Hawaiian Revolution   14. Reflection
  15. The Road