Ukulele & Languages

Different countries,
Different cultures
one common language... the ukulele.

Archive for November, 2009

Marcelo, a luthier from Campinas, Brazil, is working very hard at spreading the ukulele craze in Brazil.

After starting a ukulele blog in Portuguese, Marcelo is now launching the first Brazilian Ukulele Video Contest.

The ukulele video contest will start tomorrow the 1st of December and you’ll have until the 31st of January 2010 to submit up to 3 video entries. The winner, whose prize will be a handmade ukulele by Vivace Parts, will be announced on …

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This is the closing post of the French ukulele week and we’ll be looking at Ukulele instrumentals performed by French ukulele players.

But first, for fresh news of the French band Cocoon, currently touring in Australia, a review of their Melbourne gig is available here via FasterLouder.com.au . Nice to read that Cocoon managed to win their Australian public over especially after reading this : “Though with two French bands on the bill you can be forgiven for expecting the music to be the sterotypical French fare”.

Anyhow, back to ukulele instrumentals with Valéry Sauvage and his cheerful paintings which will brighten up your Sunday. This piece by Thomas Briggs called Circus Jig, was originally written for the minstrel banjo and arranged for the uke by Rob MacKillop.

Mrpalimpseste performs a lively When the Saints go Marchin’ In on a Kiwaya KTS-4.

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This post is part three of the French ukulele week.

In the current context of economic gloom, swine flu, november blues and other niceties, I refuse to give in to the negative atmosphere. Playing the ukulele is helping me doing just that !

Anybody who reads this blog regularly will know that I am a fan of the Monty Python.

This video, filmed during one of the C.O.U.L.E (Lille and surroundings Olympic Ukulele Club)’s sessions is a perfect reminder to Always look on the bright side of life !

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As promised, this week is French ukulele week, where I’ll look into what French ukulele players have come up with lately.

Let’s start with a home session, with this cool original song (in English) called Happy.

Time for a bit of  ‘Chanson Française’ with Émilie doing a cover of Laisse Tomber les Filles, a song written by Serge Gainsbourg and sung by France Gall.

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I have been so busy trying to search for ukulele videos from far and away that I have completely neglected to check what was going on on the French ukulele scene. In order to amend myself, I declare this week a French ukulele week.

Firstly, let me invite you to Angoulême’s market where the Old Blind Mole Orkestra were filmed performing Pink Elephant. A very lively performance!

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