Na Hoku Hanohano Nominee for Best Instrumental Album (2015)
Kohala’s new release “Mana Road” delivers the beautiful Kohala sound and precision guitar performance Kohala fans have come to love and expect, while the addition of percussion on this recording – including congas, cajon, and ipu – turns things up a notch for the trio. Additionally, while their early releases covered popular Hawaiian songs, “Mana Road” features all new originals composed by the three members of the group – Rupert Tripp, Jr, Charlie Recaido and Charles Michael Brotman. Kohala kicked off this release with a 5 week Japan tour and they are headed back to Japan for a six week tour in September 2016.
Percussion: Asia Lynn Yap: congas and cajon; Thomas Mohbat: congas, cajon, shaker; triangle; Charlie Recaido: ipu, ipu heke, shakers, cajon, finger snaps, cymbals, and bells; Charles Michael Brotman: sampled percussion editing.
Engineered and mastered by GRAMMY Award-wining producer, Charles Michael Brotman, at Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela, Hawaii, for Palm Records. Mixed by Charles Michael Brotman and Charlie Recaido. All songs composed by Charles Michael Brotman (ASCAP), Charlie Recaido (ASCAP), and Rupert Tripp Jr. (ASCAP).