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Singer ‘occupies’ economic summit in Honolulu with T-shirt and tune

- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 13, 2011

A musician serenaded oblivious world leaders, including President Obama, with a lengthy tribute to the Occupy Wall Street movement at a Pacific summit in Honolulu.

Hawaiian guitarist Makana wore an "Occupy With Aloha" T-shirt beneath his black blazer at the dinner of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Saturday night and sang his new song, "We Are the Many."

The lyrics include, "We'll occupy the streets, we'll occupy the courts, we'll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few. The time has come for us to voice our rage."

The singer told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that many of the international guests, including Mr. Obama, appeared not to notice the message of his song. He sang the protest song for 45 minutes over the 2 1/2-hour dinner, changing the pacing to be "subtle about it," he said.

"They don't really know what happened and that's the beauty of it," he said.

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