Lawrence musician Kawehi's Nirvana cover gets worldwide raves

03/26/2014 10:40 AM

03/26/2014 4:31 PM

People are raving about a local one-woman band called Kawehi and the video of her covering Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box."

Some of the descriptions from The Huffington Post, Spin, People magazine, Esquire magazine and tons of websites of her performance include words like "Unbelievable," "Killer," "Genius," and "Hypnotic."

The coolest part is that the viral sensation bouncing all over the Internet -- who goes by Kawehi -- lives right here under our noses in Lawrence with her musician husband.

Hawaiian-born Kawehi loops her beatboxing, singing and supporting instruments.

“Ninety percent of my live set is looping,” Kawehi told Elle magazine. “I got into it a couple of years ago.”

Back to her now-famous cover of “Heart Shaped Box:” She got a shout out via Twitter from Courtney Love, who was married to the late Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain.

"This is genius," Love tweeted.

"Holy (cow), thank you!" Kawehi tweeted back.

"Holy (cow), your welcome and thank you my dear," Love answered.

Kawehi, a touring musician who has over 18,000 YouTube subscribers, uses crowdfunding to create her albums, with people pledging money through Kickstarter to make her dream albums a reality.

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