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...
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
|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|
|Media Servicing Date||2018-12-07|
|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|