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After a much needed long break I am back to share a ukulele song in a language not yet featured on Ukulele & Languages: Gujarati ( Gujarātī).

Many thanks to Canadian language lover and ukulele player Peter Forrest who informed me that he had endeavoured to learn a song in Gujarati.

The song, a poem for children, is called Aav Re Varsaad (Inviting Rain) and Peter has had the good idea to add the lyrics to the video.

I  tried in vain to find a full translation of the lyrics. This site however, besides inviting you to try out a Gujarati recipe, provides an explanation of the first verses:

” Let the rain spread its shower again and again, to enjoy the hot chapatis (Roti) with bitter Gourd curry”.

Here are the lyrics :

Aav re varsaad

Aav re varsaad, dhebariyo parsaad,
Ooni ooni rotli ne Kaarela nu shaak.

Aav re varsaad, nevale paani,
Nathaaree chhokree ne dedke taani.

Aav re varsaad, dhebariyo parsaad,
Ooni ooni rotli ne kaarelaa nu shaak

As I didn’t know anything about the Gujarātī language, I used this excellent opportunity to become less ignorant and to do a bit of research.

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If you grow tired of playing ukulele on the western scales, today is your chance to discover the Japanese Yo scale and on the Indian C major scale.

The Japanese Yo scale is a pentatonic scale using 5 notes instead of  the 7 which are commonly used in western scales. Besides, the Yo scale does not contain semitones. You can read explanations about the Japanese Yo scale on Wikipedia.

Listen to Ken Middleton improvising some traditional Japanese folk music on the Yo scale on an Ohana TK-35CG tenor ukulele.

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Thanks to Al from Uke Hunt, I now have a new language to add to the world tour ukulele collection.

The video features a band called Abdul Khan and the Projections performing a song called Munki Bhat. Abdul Khan is from Pakistan and moved to the UK in 1963. He has only recently formed a band with Andrew Hodson who plays the ukulele. The musical style Abdul Khan sings in is called Ghazal which describes a poetic form consisting of rhyming verses and a refrain with each line sharing the same meter (Wikipedia).

The other members of the band are Andrew Daly on keyboards, Kevin Roach on guitar, Julie Peake on cello, Norman Knight on bass and Juju on percussions.

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