Ukulele & Languages

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

Archive for November, 2009

The Chinese word for Ukulele looks fascinating : 烏克麗麗 . I wonder how long it would take me to try and write it on paper ! If you have any idea what the various Chinese ideograms composing the word ukulele are, I’d love to hear from you !

Anyhow, by means of an introduction, this short Chinese ukulele greeting song :

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I discovered Patti Plinko and her Boy at the Paris Uke Fest. this year and liked her performance so much I bought her new EP, Bohemian Suicide.

The EP consists of 6 tracks (mostly on ukulele and guitar but also featuring a violin) amounting to a playing time of about 30 minutes. The highlights of the EP are some of the titles that were performed at the Paris Uke Fest., “Hey Ho! Deepest of the Darkest” and “Whisky Six“.

Hey Ho ! Deepest of the Darkest, the first track of the EP and probably my favourite,  sets the tone in an exhilarating  performance where Patti’s voice playfully switches from slow and languorous to roaring with an impressive display of energy.

Here she is with her Boy, performing the song at the Paris Uke Fest, on the 4th of July 2009.

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While searching for ukulele videos in various languages, I stumbled upon this page. As stated at the top of the page, “This page is a simplified edition of an original Japanese page and has been translated by machine”.

As a lover of languages, I have always been wary of machine translation. But I must say, it certainly keeps me entertained.

Here are some quotes taken from the page :

“Rakuten has many shops with many different kinds of products. Usually, the shops will ship your purchases directly to you. “

Does this mean that they sometimes ship your purchases to somebody else instead ?


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I have been looking for a ukulele video in Turkish for quite a while now so I was very happy when Al from Uke Hunt pointed one out to me.  One more language for Ukulele & Languages !

The video was filmed during the Corktown Ukulele Jam and is a Turkish folk song about rain called yagmur yagar tas ustune.

Brenna MacCrimmon has very successfully combined Turkish music and ukulele.

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The very first fingerpicking e-book that I purchased was Rob MacKillop‘s 20 Celtic Fingerstyle Uke Tunes which I enjoy greatly. Even though I bought the e-book in April, I’m far from finished with it as there are a few challenging pieces that I haven’t even tried to play yet.

In order to find out a bit more about Rob MacKillop, I have asked him a few questions. But first things first, let’s hear him play in this flamencolele, a flamenco improvisation played on a Koloa UK-600 :

U&L : I read on your website that you actually started to play the ukulele at the age of eight then went over to the guitar before coming back to the uke : did your playing the ukulele influence the way you played guitar or did the guitar way take over and influence the way you play the uke now ?

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