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We are only Human, beep beep," declares the hit song out of Hawai'i. Does this refer to Hawaiians and other human beings who commonly carry beepers, contacting one another?

Sunland's song with these lyrics is the top selling single in Hawai'i's musical history and Sunland is headed for major success on the mainland and in Europe. The album, called Eternity, which came out in April, is rising to the top of the music charts.

Sunland's style is Hawaiian, euro-techno music, making it excellent for dancing. An unusual feature of We are Only Human is the Hawaiian chanting chosen by its Swedish producers who are fascinated by Hawaiian legend and rhythm.


Sunland--We Are Only Human
Five Corners Music, 1996

Peter Bergstrom collects chants and gathers ideas for his musical creations from the Merrie Monarch Festival, the largest annual hula gathering in the world, which takes place each April on the Big Island. He merges chanting with the singing of four Hawaiians, his European songwriting and his brother, Henry Bergstrom's euro-techno production skills.

 

The Bergstroms discovered Sunland member Claudia Vasquez at the Road to Fame Talent Contest at Ala Moana last November. They found Chad Guerro at the Small World Music School on O'ahu. They met Natalie and Iolani Kamau'u through the Merrie Monarch Festival and other hula and Hawaiian musical events the put them together to create Sunland's international sound.

We are only human
We are all a family
We are only human
Brother, sister -
meant to be

The words to Sunland's music are as universal as the ethnic heritage and diversity of Sunland's members. More about Sunland and other musical groups of Hawai'i can be found on Mahalo Air Islander's internet site at http://www.islander-magazine.com

 


 

Chris Rego brings his acoustic talents and Spanish/Portuguese heritage to original songs on his new CD, Road to Hanalei.


Chris Rego
Road to Hanalei
Acoustic Paradise Productions, 1996

Chris Rego has been perfecting his skills on stringed instruments since his father gave him his 1st 'ukulele at age four. Growing up in Honolulu, he learned guitar and fell under the influence of 1960's music, including the sounds of Jimi Hendrix. However, the acoustic qualities of Loggins and Messina, Dan Fogelberg and James Taylor are apparent in the soothing quality of the Chris Rego voice. His lyrics are equally calming and his flamenco and jazz guitar are relaxing. His inspiration for guitar largely stems from the works of Carlos Montoya, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia and Steve Vai.

The Road to Hanalei is an eclectic collection of ballads and instru-mentals displaying the diversity of Chris Rego's music, including kihoalu (Hawaiian slack key), acoustic folk, blues, Brazilian jazz, Flamenco and rock.

Chris Rego has performed professionally for 20 years, opening concerts at the Waikiki Shell, NBC Arena and Andrews Amphitheatre for national recording artists. He toured with Dave Mason and The Guess Who. He currently performs at the Waikiki Broiler on Lewers Street. His CD is distributed by Olinda Road and available at Tempo Music.

 
 
 
Chris Rego