Monday, January 07, 2013

Rudi Wairata

I thought this LP sounded very authentic but it turns out that this Hawaiian is Moluccan (wherever that is?)! Even so a very nice sounding record and one cannot fault the musicianship. On the Gemini label from 1962................................................................. Real name - Diederich Gijsbrecht Christo Wairata Profile: Moluccan artist, born in Ternate on December 25, 1929. He started at a young age as a Hawaiian guitar player. In 1951 he moved to Holland on a scholarship and started his own band "Mena Moeria Minstrels". Because of disagreements he leaves this band and forms a new band using the names "Rudi Wairata & The Hawaiian Minstrels" and "Rudi Wairata & The Serenaders". In 1959 and 1960 he was part of the band "De Kilima Hawaiians" as a steel guitar player. In the 1960s and 1970s he continued his musical career, but mostly in Germany. The artist has passed away in Rotterdam on July 15, 1981................................................................................... Tracks are as follows - 1.Tomi-Tomi 2. Pua Jka Lani 3. Kane-Ohe-Hula 4. Uhe-Uhene 5. Ulu-Hua-Wale-Aoe 6. |He U-I...................................................................................... Rudi Wairata - Side Two.

3 comments:

Russell Duffy said...

A Moluccan is a type of coffee.

Anonymous said...

(moluccas) a group of island in eastern Indonesia between Celebes and New Guinea; settled by the Portuguese but taken by the Dutch who made them the center for a spice monopoly, at which time they were known as Spice Islands

Wastedpapiers said...

Thanks chaps. I guess both of you are right. I did Google it after writing the initial blurb to satisfy my curiosity and hoped someone would add a comment!