The Austin 100: Makana For fans of virtuosic Hawaiian slack-key guitar.
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The Austin 100: Makana

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Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

Genre: Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar

Why We're Excited: Hawaiian musician and activist Makana has played huge stages, toured the world and popped up as an outspoken advocate for social justice. He's also spent his life mastering the slack-key guitar, as heard in the soft shredding of "Napo'o Ka La" — translation: "The Setting Of The Sun" — a Makana original that shimmers like the ocean. It's as deftly played and intricate as it is evocative, timeless and beautiful. (Watch him perform the tune in a Tiny Desk Contest submission from 2017.)

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