Award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Makana talks about the business of music, multiple income streams, and how to be wealthy.

Guest Biography

Makana is a singer, composer, cultural educator, and master of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. His music combines deep tradition with unbridled innovation to breathe fresh intensity into the timeless sounds of Hawaiʻi. The New York Times calls him “dazzling.” His music has been featured on three GRAMMY-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film The Descendants. Guitar Player Magazine ranked him as one of the top 3 guitarists in America, and the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts recognized him with the Slack Key Legacy Award.

Slack Key is a unique style from the 1800s that simulates three guitars in one, performed in gorgeous tunings that open the guitar to a symphonic sound. Makana’s live performances are raw, diverse and virtuosic, culturally informative, shared in multiple languages, and always spontaneous. Feel the presence of kūpuna (elders) as he honors their legacies while weaving in universal themes and sounds from around the world. An acoustic experience like no other.

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In this episode, you'll learn:

  • Hawaiian slack key guitar and its different styles
  • The multiple revenue streams of a musician
  • Why Makana says wanting things that others do not want makes him wealthy

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