As expected, netizens want information on Bruddah Waltah’s cause of death, obituary, and funeral when the sad news of his passing hit the internet. Bruddah Waltah died on Tuesday, August 17, 2023, but as of the time of filing this report, his cause of death has not been established. Meanwhile, all over social media, his obituary has been shared as fans mourn him.
Before focusing more on his death and its related matters, let’s look at Waltah’s personality.
Who was Bruddah Waltah?
Bruddah Walter was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who was from Hawaii. He was born in Keaukaha, close to Hilo, and his family later relocated to Oahu when he was a young boy. He started playing shows in Waikiki in the 1980s, when he earned the moniker “Bruddah Waltah.” As he and the bands he played with, such as Island Afternoon, made Hawaiian-style reggae music famous in the 1980s and 1990s, he has also been dubbed the Father of Hawaiian Reggae.
With his brothers, Aipolani played his first shows in 1980 under the name Aku Palu, which translates to “Bloody Fish Guts”. Tragically, just as they were about to release their first CD, their manager was fatally shot. As a result, the band disbanded and played for a while with their uncle’s Hawaiian music group, Na Mele Kani. The boys received a cassette tape of Bob Marley’s songs from their sister, a dancer and musician who was touring in New Zealand.
The brothers later began a series of free concerts in Honolulu in 1983 under the name Tumbleland Jams as they continued to learn more about Rasta culture and music. In “Sweet Lady of Waihole,” one of Walter Aipolani’s best-known pieces, the renowned local fruit vendor Fujiko Shimabukuro is profiled.
Early in the 1990s, as the Hawaiian reggae, or Jawaiian craze, took hold, Waltah’s debut album Hawaiian Reggae—which featured the supporting band Island Afternoon—became a top success in Hawaii, selling close to 100,000 cassette recordings.
Aipolani and several other Hawaiian reggae musicians preferred to refer to their music as Hawaiian rather than Jawaiian,” since they detested the word. Some musicians and commentators felt the term Jawaiian was derogatory to both Hawaiian and Jamaican traditions, which led to debate. Aipolani has performed with Ryan Hiraoka, Keaka Kawaauhau, HHB, Dirty Roots, Mana’o Company, Sons of Yeshua, and Ho’aikane. He was influenced by Bob Marley, Elton John, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Bee Gees, and The Beatles.
He has also performed on a lot of tours, opening up for artists from the top 40 such as Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Inner Circle, and UB40. His sister, one of his brothers, and his nephew Ruban Nielson of the band Unknown Mortal Orchestra are all musicians. Bruddah Waltah currently resides in Hilo and performs frequently in both the Hawaiian Islands and the mainland of the United States.
Bruddah Waltah cause of death, obituary, funeral
Bruddah Waltah’s cause of death has not been revealed yet. All over social media, colleagues, fans, and family members are mourning him. On Facebook, a family member announced his sad death, saying:
“To all of our family & friends, it is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Husband, Father, Brother Grandpa, Tutu Man, Bruddah Waltah Aipolani. He took his final breaths while surrounded by his closest family today at his home in Hilo. We thank you all for the love, pule, and support during this time. He truly enjoyed being an entertainer and sharing his voice with the world. His love and his music has touched the lives of so many. We’ll miss him in this lifetime but we know we will see him again. He will live on forever through his music and his legacy. #HONAUNAU #WENOTPAUYET – Aipolani ‘Ohana”
Jim Sequeira, a friend, shared; “Deeply saddened today to learn that my cousin Bruddah Waltah has passed through the thin veil between earth and heaven and now sits with our ancestors. We are cousins on mom side. Gonna miss his smile, Aloha and his kolohe ways. I love you Cuz’. Aloha Oe, until we meet again on da other side.”
Bruddah Waltah’s funeral arrangements are pending and will soon be communicated to the general public by the family.