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Posts Tagged ‘China’

A Spring Selection of ukulele videos from around the world to wish you an excellent weekend. Videos from the continents of North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia, all a pleasure for your ears !

Now, is there a ukulele player reading this post feeling valorous enough to set up an expedition to Antartica, the missing continent on Ukulele and Languages ? You won’t have to carry a flag with you, that’s all been done before; all I’m asking for is a tiny ukulele song in the middle of the ice packs of Antartica. I wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt trying so I suggest you watch this video before you make hasty plans to follow the tracks of Roald Amundsen. No volunteer ? Ah well, I don’t blame you, take it easy, make yourself a warm cup of tea and enjoy these videos instead !

1. Canada

Rob aka sanfordandsong accompanies the band Leaf Rapids on a cover of David Bowie‘s The Man Who Sold the World. I really like the atmosphere the ukulele creates.

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你好 ! (Ni Hao) Feel like practising Chinese and ukulele today ?

Here are a couple of songs performed by Zhang Songtao.

First, a Cantonese song :

and another song :

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Just like my previous trips to China, last week’s trip to Beijing brought quite a few opportunities to chuckle at some weird uses of English displayed on various signs.

Let me show you some examples, ahem… this way please… I mean, this way…

One thing you can’t complain about in China is the lack of directions… nothing is left to your imagination…

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If you are a faithful reader of this blog, you might have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while.  Be reassured, I haven’t dropped the ukulele nor decided to stop blogging. The reason for my silence has been a one-week business trip to Beijing, China.

Thanks to my friend Al from Uke Hunt, I have been able to add a ukulele aspect to my trip and to meet really lovely ukulele players from the Philippines and from China.

After a 10-hour flight during which I couldn’t sleep a wink, I arrived in Beijing on Saturday morning at 7:00 am local time, my Fluke carefully packed in my rucksack, ready to start the day despite the lack of sleep.

At 2:00 pm I met Connie, a ukulele player from the Philippines living an hour and a half away from Beijing and who had the extreme kindness to travel the distance to Beijing, meet me and introduce me to a ukulele shop owner in the North West of Beijing.

Let me invite you to a virtual visit of this ukulele shop in Beijing and to meet the lovely people I have met there. The shop is called The Modern Musical Instrument Company and is owned by Liang Xin Ming. Liang Xin Ming, who also teaches how to play ukulele, was not there when I visited but I met his wife Zong.

In case you ever travel to Beijing and wish to visit this ukulele shop, here is their card. If you don’t speak Chinese, you can use the card to give instructions to a taxi driver.

The music shop is divided in two halves, one part dedicated to Chinese instruments and the other half to the ukulele (and to a few guitars).

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I’d like to start this World Tour Post with a video of Bosko & Honey playing a tune called Earthquake together with Gensblue from Japan.

My thoughts go to the people of Japan at this very difficult time.

You can help Bosko and Honey support the Japan Disaster Appeal by buying their Ukulele Safari Compilation CD. Full details are available from their site.

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