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One Love, One Heart CD Release

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9096 Trattle Street

Langley City, BC V1M

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Celebrating 25 years of ALOHA with the much-anticipated release of the ensemble's new album, "One Love, One Heart".

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Celebrating 25 years of ALOHA in Waikiki

This is the Langley Ukulele Ensemble's 15th studio album; the third under the musical direction of Paul Luongo. To Celebrate 25 years of ALOHA in Hawaii and with the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, we have selected hit summertime songs between the 60’s and 70’s. The Ensemble demonstrates unique and creative ways to feature the ukulele and ensemble member’s voices throughout with many intricate, creative and easy listening arrangements. Beginning with one of Seals & Crofts biggest hits, “Summer Breeze”, the ensemble performs an easy-listening classic with one of many of Paul Luongo’s arrangements. Up next is one of Redbone’s most recognizable songs, "Come and Get Your Love". In this song, Luongo creatively arranged it to blend in, in the form of medley, with one of The Temptations hits “My Girl”. With two recognizable instrumental introductions, a strong performance by the ensemble, and fun complimentary parts in the violins, guitar, drums, and keys, it is a unique cover that will get listeners toe tapping. Continuing the easy-listening trend, the ensemble takes a unique and creative approach to one of Bill Withers’ most recognizable hits, "Lovely Day". This song is the first feature where Ashia and Clara creatively composed an excellent duet during the instrumental section. Continuing with the genre of Soul/R&B, Stevie Wonder's hit "Sir Duke" celebrates various artists that inspired Wonder himself. With the recognizable intro and instrumental interlude being performed on the ukulele, and an instrumental solo performed by Sara and Paul, this is a rhythmic, energetic song and another creative arrangement that will be very enjoyable to listen to. "Oye Como Va", by Santana, features performances by Lida and Paul on ukulele and Nicholas Verales on organ. With a driving percussion section performed by Bruce Henzel, this is a classic Latin piece that has been transcribed to be played on ukulele. “One Love / People Get Ready”, by Bob Marley, is the next song that inspired the title of the new album and introduces a more ‘island-vibe’ type of song for the summertime, easy-listening album. Transitioning to another period of summertime music would be ‘surf-rock’; the next two tracks begin with a Greek Traditional piece, notably covered by Dick Dale and now the LUE, “Misirlou”, followed by the Monkey’s smash hit “I’m a Believer”, should bring images of surfing and beaches to mind when enjoying these two arrangements. The next two arrangements are medleys of some of MOTOWN’s biggest hits. With MOTOWN recently celebrating 60 years, the ensemble arranged songs by Marth Reeves & The Four Tops, being “Dancing in the Street”, which features Alessandra and Paul sharing a ‘call-and-response’ duet, and “I Can’t Help Myself”, which features Sawyer during the instrumental section, as well as two of the Jackson 5’s hits “I Want You Back” and “ABC”. These two arrangements feature the ukulele playing the introductions of the songs with complimentary strings in the background supported by keys, guitar, bass, and drums. The penultimate song on the album was originally written and performed by Dennis Kamakahi. “Koke’e” sings about never more wanting to say goodbye to the place one loves. With this year celebrating 25 years of ALOHA in Waikiki and at the Sheraton, the ensemble feels blessed to have met so many people that have truly become a part of our 'ohana'. We are blessed to have such a beautiful home and to have stayed at such a beautiful place; however, as beautiful as the island of Oahu and the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel are, it is the people there that make them both such beautiful places. The ensemble concludes the album with a combination of two songs singing of two very positive messages. “Let There Be Peace on Earth” sings of the message of ‘hope’; hope that, in this day and age, we can learn from our pasts and grow stronger together as people to make our world a better, safer, and healthier place. “Love Train”, by the O Jays, sings of a similar message but in a more up-beat and soulful fashion that is guaranteed to get you clapping and singing along at the end of the song. The ensemble members hope that their performances can capture the elements of summertime, celebration, joy, and happiness in each of the 12 song selections on this album. So please sit back, relax, and enjoy in celebrating with us our ‘One Love & One Heart’. Mahalo and Aloha.

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