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Sylvia Mayer En The Southsea Hawaiians – Ulili-e-hula

SylviaMayer_Seven45rpm_003SylviaMayer_Seven45rpm_01Carinia Company 45-EPR-3038 Sydney Australia

With a special Hawaiian theme coming up at Night Train this week, I thought what a great opportunity to post this wonderful exotic, twangy delight, that really, I know not that much about. And to tell you the truth, I don’t even own this! This copy belongs to a good friend of mine (hey Bibs!), who has let me look after it for some time…bless his soul. I remember that first night he played it in the background to a lovely summer night with great friends in the mountains. No one seemed to take much notice, however I turned around and looked at him with big (probably drunken) eyes of wonderment.

I had to find out more about this dreamy wave that was drifting me away.

There’s a few, I guess, odd things about this release. Firstly it’s an Aussie pressing, on an obscure local Sydney label called Carina Company. Can’t find a release date (yet), and when I looked through what I could find of the label’s back catalogue, I found a confusing collusion of ethnic all sorts. There’s cha chas and rumbas, national choirs and German hit parades, but also, what I found very strange amongst it all, is one Hendrix release (No Such Animal-1971). Looks like the label was on the circuit from 1957 to 1975, so not too sure why I can’t seem to source more info on it. The back cover tells me the manufacturer was set up in the Daking House, Rawson Place, Sydney.

The second odd thing about this release is the artist Sylvia Mayer, turns out to be Dutch. My researching (goggling) has lead me to Steel Guitarist extraordinaire, Edward (Ekualo) Mayer, who it seems Sylvia was married to. Currently he is established in South Florida and has a group named KAHANU ALA, and is apparently responsible for a majority of the background Steel-Sounds of Sponge Bob…although uncredited. Would love to confirm if it is he who is playing on these tracks, and who are these other “South Sea Hawaiians”? And did Sylvia record anything else other than these 4 tracks that appear here on this ep entitled Zuidzee-Dromen (meaning South Sea Dreams)?

Whether these musicians are authentic Hawaiians means little to me, as I love the sound that have here (I’m certain Edward was originally from the South Pacific). Ulili-e-hula I’m guessing (which I’m doing a lot of on his post) is a traditional song, as I’m finding a few lovely versions out there. I discovered two beautiful versions by Israe Kamakawiwo’ole, where I also was able to find English translation to at least his version.

The voice of the sandpiper is soft and sweet
Little bird who lives by the sea
Ever watchful on the beaches
Where the sea is calm

The sandpiper
The sandpiper returns
Sandpiper runs along the beach
Where the sea is peaceful and calm

The voice of the ‘ulili is soft and sweet
How are you, stranger? Very well
You grace our land
Where the sea is always calm

The sandpiper
The sandpiper returns
Sandpiper runs along the beach
Where the sea is peaceful and calm

I hope you also can feel the glow of this track. A lovely tune to play early in the set, while the cocktails are slowly getting stirred, and as the breeze is cooling.

UPDATE! Looks like a release date from 1956 according to rateyourmusic.com/artist/sylvia_mayer

Thanks ianhartnett for this info!

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4 responses

  1. Peter Bruinink

    My father Rudi Severijns was also a member of the South sea hawaiians he played the bass. Unfortunately my father deceased in 1978.

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    December 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    • Oh thanks for the info. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. I’d be more than happy to post a picture of him if you like, within this post. I hope your dad passed on some of his musical talent to you. Thanks for taking the time to read the post and respond. Always grateful to learn whatever I can about these great artists.

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      December 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

  2. Seems to be from 1956: https://rateyourmusic.com/artist/sylvia_mayer 😎

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    April 19, 2017 at 4:39 am

    • Oh great! Thanks for the input and interest! I will update!

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      April 23, 2017 at 11:11 am

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