Ukulele & Languages

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This week’s search for ukulele videos from around the world started rather badly as 90% of the videos uploaded were either in English or of very poor quality. Things got brighter towards the end of the week however with two new languages to add to my list: Arabic and Vietnamese.

Add to these new languages a bit of magic from Brittany (please refrain from starting a technical discussion as to whether Nantes is part of Brittany), some alternative Greek mythology and a few interesting covers and you’ll end up with a good dose of ukulele entertainment for a good start to your weekend.

1. Country: Tunisia / Language: Arabic

Tunisian band Zemeken and their camel perform Zahwani.

2. Country: Vietnam / Language: Vietnamese

This vietnamese song Cô hàng nước (She found the water) sounds

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Ukuleles for Peace is a wonderful organisation working towards creating bonds between Jewish and Arab children by bringing them together to play the ukulele. The project was initiated by ukulelist Paul Moore and the administrator of the organisation is Daphna Orion, his wife.

The Ukuleles for Peace organisation describe their goal as :

From Conflict to Coexistence: Creating opportunities for Jewish and Arab children to meet and become involved with one another in their daily lives.

The children of the Ukuleles for Peace orchestra are from the towns of Tira, a city with a muslim Arab population, and Hod Hasharon, a Jewish city. Both cities lie north of Tel Aviv, in the Center district of Israel.

In January 2010, Aquila strings (Aquila Corde) sent Lorenzo Vignando to film a documentary on the Ukuleles for Peace organisation. Aquila strings have been a generous sponsor and have donated strings and ukuleles to the Ukuleles for Peace cause.

Here is the documentary filmed by Lorenzo who has used his film-making talent to give us an insight into the Ukulele for Peace projet. You will no doubt recognise krabbers‘ beautiful song This Message .

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