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Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders - Malo Lelei

Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders - Malo Lelei
By the time Keith Branch stepped into the Columbia recording studios in Sydney on 20th June 1947, the popularity of Hawaiian music was starting its slow and steady decline. The six recordings made by Branch sit at an interesting point in the development of the genre; then at the tail-end of its influence as a form of mainstream popular music.

The combination of Branch’s sensitive steel playing, sparse accompaniment (guitar, uke and bass), along with crooner-style vocalising, stand in contrast to later shifts in the electric steel guitar sound and elaborate and instrumental orchestral arrangements featured in later recordings of Hawaiian music.

The songs themselves reflect a greater awareness in Australia’s position and connection to the wider Pacific, with references to Hawaiian culture but also Tongan and Maori. Although they are ostensibly pop songs, the themes mark a trend towards more local and topical songwriting, and a broader sense of “Australianness”.

Although Branch’s musical legacy is brief, the recordings made under his name were kept in the EMI catalogue right until the mid-1950s, just before 78s were phased out altogether. This compilation is dedicated to the overlooked recordings of Hawaiian music made in Australia during the 78rpm era.

About this track...

A Tongan Blessing… (Pronounced Mar-Low Lay-Lay-Ee) “That it may be well with thee”.

When you’re called away from the one that you love,
You’ll be safely guarded from harm
By Unseen Hands from above
And where e’er you roam, near or over the sea,
Know a heart’s repeating the prayer, “MALO LELEI”

Other tracks by Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders: Manu Rere (A Maori Love Song)  -  Pokarekare
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Number Of People In Act Ensemble
State/Territory Artist Is Based In NSW
City/Town/Region Artist Is Based In Port Macquarie
Taken From The Release Titled Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders
Copyright Holder's Name Undercover Music Pty Limited
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Media Servicing Date 2018-12-07
Main Genre World
Genre 2 Easy Listening
Artist Official Web Site http://www.undercovermusic.com.au
Artist Social Network Page https://twitter.com/ucmptyltd
Online Store Page 1
Online Store Page 2 https://open.spotify.com/artist/0adoQJfXGZ45W6uUsBttdz
Content Provider Undercover Music