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Recap of WAITIKI Festival @ Don’s

Press Mentions, Concert Previews, Etc:

LA Weekly, Concert Preview  12/29/11 >> read article >> go there
NBC’s The Feast, Concert Preview  12/30/10 >> read article >> go there
Examiner – Los Angeles, Artist Interview  12/25/10 >> read article >> go there
Los Angeles Times, Concert Pick  12/24/10 >> read article >> go there
NPR – Morning Edition, Interview  12/24/10 >> read article >> go there
Flavorpill- Los Angeles, Concert Pick  01/19/11 >> read article >> go there
Huntington Beach Independent, Concert Preview  12/21/10 >> read article>> article (pdf) >> go there
Doc Martian’s Lounge, Album Review  12/18/10 >> read article >> go there
Seal Beach Sun, Concert Preview  12/17/10 >> read article >> go there
Inside World Music, Album Review  12/17/10 >> read article >> go there
Dionysus, Artist Feature  12/16/10 >> read article >> go there
ALARM, Album Review  12/16/10 >> read article >> go there
Coast Magazine, Concert Preview  12/13/10 >> read article >> go there
World Music Central, Concert Preview  12/07/10 >> read article >> go there
Vintage Allies Variety Broadcasting, Feature  12/02/10 >> read article >>go there
Dining Out in OC, Concert Preview  12/01/10 >> read article >> go there

Event Video Highlights:

Robert Drasnin, Sherry Shaoling, and The WAITIKI 7 perform “You”

Sherry Shaoling Sings Ethel Azama with The Waitiki 7

Robert Drasnin and The WAITIKI 7 perform “Hindara”

Robert Drasnin and The WAITIKI 7 perform “In A Dorian Mode”


01 2011

New Promo Trailer!


11 2010

Bird Calls!


Lopaka Colon - Bongos & Birdcalls at Festival WassermusikOne unique and immediately identifiable aspect of exotica are the bird, monkey, frog, and other-worldly animal calls voiced by band members. The tradition behind these sounds began circa 1955, when a Puerto Rican percussionist named Augie Colon began playing with a jazz group led by Martin Denny. Denny’s band performed nightly at the Shell Bar in Waikiki, which featured an outdoor stage surrounded by lush, tropical vegetation—and naturally, frogs, crickets, and birds. As a youth, Augie had learned to voice an array of animal and bird calls (his uncles would take him hunting for wild boar and game-birds). One night, Augie began responding to the frogs and birds with his own calls; Denny and the audience loved the effect it added to the music, and thus the tradition was born. Soon after, the other band members began inventing their own exotic animal calls. The calls became such an important part of the music that when Martin Denny re-recorded his 1956 album Exotica for stereo in 1958, he meticulously noted which calls were done when, so that (at least in terms of bird calls) the two versions would line up exactly.

Augie’s extraordinary contribution to exotica lives on in The WAITIKI 7 through his son Lopaka Colon. Here’s a clip of Lopaka demonstrating two of his favorite bird calls:

And a short demo reel of him performing live:


11 2009
  • “The Waitiki 7, a born-in-Honolulu ensemble loaded with virtuoso talent,
    updates the classic exotica mood with substantial improvisational firepower.”
    —Mark Holston, JAZZIZ