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You’re in for a really international feel today as our ukulele trip will take us all around the globe: this World Tour post will take you to Norway for some singing in Russian, to Canada for some West African Guitar Style strumming applied to the ukulele, to Italy for a classic and finally to Brazil and Australia with local singers and ukulele players Rick Melo and Tyrone.

Country: Norway / Language: Russian

Mr Arvemann and Line Mehlum from Norway sing Миленький ты мой, a Russian folk song by Nadezhda Kadysheva.

Russian lyrics are available here.

Country: Canada / Language: Instrumental

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For those of you who have missed the Ukulele World Tour posts, I have finally found a bit of time to scan for the latest world videos. Today’s selection include ukulele videos from Finland, Brazil, Thailand, Germany, Denmark and Italy.

6 Countries, 4 languages… I hope you enjoy!

1. Country: Finland / Language: English

Jussi and Michael cover Have You Ever Seen The Rain by the band Creedence Clearwater Revival

2. Country: Brazil / Language: Brazilian Portuguese

Thanks to Marcelo from the blog Ukulele Brasil, here is Brazilian ukulele player Ivo Mozart in Mocinho do cinema.

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On the menu of our Ukulele World Tour today is some French poetry set to Italian, some classical music from Japan, a traditional song from Serbia sung by a Portuguese ukulele player, a song by a lovely Mexican girl, a ukulele entertainer from the Czech Republic,, some ukulele improvising from Spain and finally, a cover of a French song.

Enjoy !

Country : Italy / Language: Italian

Georges Brassens discovered the works of French poet Antoine Pol, among which Emotions Poétiques (1918), and decided to set the poem Les Passantes to music in 1972. This in turn inspired Italian Fabrizio De André, who translated the song to Italian and included it in an album called Canzoni.

Read the French poem here.


Duccio, a ukulele player from Italy, covers the song in Italian : Le Passanti.

Country: Japan / Language: Japanese

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Take some American and Spanish poetry from sunny Mexico, add to this a lovely voice from South Africa, a bit of Italian, a dreamy slightly haunting song about a stolen bicycle from the UK (no wonder people go nicking bicycles) , a ukulele song from French band Cocoon , and you should have your fill of ukulele and languages for the weekend.

Country : Mexico / Language: Spanish

Spanish, ukulele and recitation in this video featuring Jorge Guerra performing Mariposa Negra (Black Butterflies), a poem by New Yorker Barbara Joan Schaffer.

The Spanish lyrics to the song are (source : Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website) :

Mariposa negra de mi corazón
te esperaba y sólo llegó
La mariposa negra de mi corazón.

Te esperaba donde te sentaba
tu mano en la mía
escuchando lo que no pudimos decir.

Mariposa negra que vuela sin ver su camino.
Amor de sordomudo
Amor de tacto mudo
Sol oscuro de mi despertar.

The English words to the poem can be found here on Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website.

Country: South Africa / Language : Spanish

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Italians are a world renowned for their sense of style and this applies to the ukulele too.

This Italian ukulele ring shaker by Sebastiano Palma is the cutest thing!

Oh and while we are in Italy, I’ve just discovered Elisabetta Spada aka Kiss and Drive

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