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Keali'i Reichel Makes Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut, 3/19

Keali'i Reichel, the most popular and best-selling Hawaiian singer-songwriter-musician in history, debuts at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8 p.m. Reichel's music, chant and hula represent the best of traditional and contemporary poetry and dance in Hawaii today.

Keali'i has played for huge crowds all over America, including the Hollywood Bowl. He has sold well over a million records just in Hawaii, and has become a Hawaiian cultural icon promoting Hawaiian language and culture to a new generation.

In 1994 he independently produced and released a collection of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary songs and chants entitled Kawaipunahele (RIAA Certified Gold Record). His subsequent music releases, Lei Hali`a (1995), E O Mai (1997), Melelana (1999), Ke'alaokamaile (2003), Kamahiwa I (2005), and Kamahiwa II (2009), have cemented his place in the Hawaiian music industry. All told, he has been awarded 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, and his consistent placement in Billboard magazine's World Music and Heatseeker Charts has garnered him international attention. His release Ke'alaokamaile was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Hawaiian Album category.

Keali'i's performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall concludes the 2009/10 World Music Series. Subscriptions for the 2010/11 World Music Series - featuring Ravi Shankar (October 20, 2010), Buika, Lila Downs (November 10, 2010), Kodo (February 10, 2011), and Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble (April 4, 2011) - are available for purchase beginning March 30 at www.LAPhil.com.

Photo Credit: Randy J. Braun

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