Lesson 6: Hawaiian Music

Hawaii may not have formerly become the 50th American state until 1959–can you even imagine the American flag with just 49 stars…?–but it has been in America’s sphere of influence, and part of the American consciousness, since the late 1800s. As we learned during our “folk and country” week, even the most “American” of American musical genres began as a mishmash of global sounds. This week we’ll see how Hawaiian music became part of America’s musical landscape long before Hawaii formally filled out the flag.

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