A Brief History of Nagdeo
Nagdeo began in 2010 when Ano Hanamana realized that even though he had written around 100 songs on acoustic guitar it was unlikely that anyone was going to hear them unless he formed a band and started presenting them to the world. It takes chutzpah to think you have something worth being listened to, and justified or not, Ano had that chutzpah!
So Ano started reaching out to people in Puna, Hawaii to find musicians and he bought a short bus and converted it into a mini-music studio.
The first band consisted mostly of people living at GaiaYoga Gardens (GYG) with Ano. They played a few gigs, but nothing much came of it. Eventually, a more dedicated group of people came together, including the same drummer, Mountain Ross, and a new female vocalist, Aisha DeCosta, who lived with Ano at GYG, and a bass player, Dave Webb, who lived in the area. Together they created Nagdeo’s first album, Living The Dream(s), with the help of many of Ano’s musical friends who donated their time and talent to that album.
Eventually, Mountain and Aisha left the island, and Dave moved on to other things. Ano disheartened kept plugging away at finding bandmates. First, he connected with a local bass player, Eric Berger, who was into Ano’s songs and started collaborating with him. They then met drummer Steve Campbell in early 2014, and chemistry was present between the three of them, especially between Ano and Steve. The three of them, along with a young guitarist living at GYG, Maxence Dessureault, co-created Nagdeo’s second album, The Pan Piper, which contained more complicated songs and arrangements that were only possible because of Steve’s talent as a drummer and percussion composer. Many of the same support people, including guitarist Jonny Lurie, who was on the first album joined in to contribute to The Pan Piper.