Monday, November 14, 2011

How Makana Become Famous?

Makana, sporting an "Occupy with Aloha" shirt, provided the musical entertainment to APEC leaders and the Obama family, as the intimate group gathered in Honolulu for the gala.

"I showed up and did my gig . . . it was an incredible experience to sing the words - those words - to that room of people. And I didn't belt it out. I started very subtly and subliminally," Makana explained to his fans in a recent YouTube video called "Occupy With Aloha."

The video, which documents Makana's APEC journey, has received more than 35,000 views since the weekend. The musician, whose real name is Matthew Swalinkavich, delivered "We Are The Many," a song inspired by the Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy movements around the world.

At the APEC dinner, Obama was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, along with heads of 18 nations including Stephen Harper of Canada, Hu Jintao of China and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Despite lyrics like, "We'll occupy the streets / We'll occupy the courts / We'll occupy the offices of you / Till you do / The bidding of the many, not the few," none of the world leaders seemed to notice Makana's performance.

"Then I realized that wow, I didn't get in trouble. So I played it again, and I made a different version of it. And I ended up playing for about 45 minutes," Makana said of his possible trick. A popular Hawaiian singer used his performance at a dinner of world leaders hosted by President Barack Obama to voice his support for the 'Occupy' movement.

Makana was enlisted to play a luau, or Hawaiian feast, for members of the Pacific Rim who had gathered in Obama's birthplace Honolulu for an annual summit formulating plans for a Pacific free-trade pact.

During the meal on the resort strip Waikiki Beach, he proudly pulled open his jacket to reveal a T-shirt which read 'Occupy with Aloha' - using the Hawaiian word whose include love and peace.


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