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Ben Kalama

Benny Kalama (June 29, 1916 – September 21, 1999), born Benjamin Kapena Kalama in Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii, was an American singer with a honey-voiced falsetto. He is credited with discovering and nurturing Alfred Apaka, and was part of several groups. Until the day Apaka died, Kalama was coaching and arranging music for him.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 29th, 1916 (Kohala), Died September 21st, 1999 (Honolulu)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-061153 10-in. 4/14/1941 Aloha kuu home Ben Kalama ; Ray Andrade Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and vocal trio (Hawaiian) vocalist  
Victor PBS-061550 10-in. 8/26/1941 Wailana Ben Kalama ; Ray Andrade Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo and vocal trio (Hawaiian) vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kalama, Ben," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106447.

Kalama, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106447.

"Kalama, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106447

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