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Kika Kila begins in 19th century Hawaiʻi, where citizens of the Hawaiian Kingdom crafted new musical sounds and instruments in response to tremendous political upheaval brought by foreigners. Following the country's illegal U.S. overthrow, Hawaiian musicians scattered throughout the globe, stunning audiences with their new Hawaiian steel guitars. This indigenous technology, crafted in the throes of U.S. imperialism and honed “on the road” by Hawaiian string bands traveling the world, transformed the sounds of all sorts of musical genres, from American country music and the blues, to Indian ragas. In the process, it recast the role of the guitar in modern life.
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