Ukulele & Languages

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Portuguese ukulele blog, Ukulele shop in Portugal

08 2009

Adriano from Portugal contacted me last week to mention his Portuguese ukulele blog, Ukulele PT, and his Portuguese ukulele shop, Uke Fixe.

Interested in finding out how he came to starting both a ukulele blog and a shop in the land of the cavaquinho, I asked him for his story and he was kind enough to satisfy my curiosity. Here it is :

I have been playing the guitar since I was 13 (I’m 31 now). This year I became a father of a beautiful baby girl in June so I could not go on summer vacation. Then I decided to start playing a new instrument. I wanted an electric bass but that was too big and too noisy to play at home with a baby sleeping (and too expensive also).

So I decided to buy an ukulele because it sounds nice to sing with (on YouTube videos), was cheap and it seems very easy to play. I also bought a melodica but I fell in love with the ukulele. My first ukulele came from Germany because at that time there was no Portuguese shop selling ukuleles.

I became addicted to the ukulele but mine was of very bad quality, so I needed a better ukulele. Big problem! No ukuleles in Portugal, and buying it in another country was very expensive and brand limited. I decided to start contacting some ukulele manufacturers and open my own ukulele specialized on-line shop.

The ukulele movement in Portugal is at its very beginning, because when people see a ukulele they say “Oh, what a lovely cavaquinho!” that is our traditional instrument (father of the ukulele but with different sound and tunning).

So I also started a blog to show people in Portugal the ukulele and its potential. In Portugal I only know one ukulele band called Voodoo Marmelade and a Portuguese female singer called Rita Braga.

This is pretty much my story at this moment. I hope the ukulele movement grows in Portugal as it did everywhere in the world. By now I consider myself as a lonely ukulele pioneer in Portugal. Hope that changes pretty soon.

This is good news for Portuguese would-be ukulele players who will be able to buy decent ukuleles from Portugal. At the moment Ukefixe is selling the following ukulele brands : Kala, Kiwaya, Ko’olau/Pono and Risa.
For more information, check Ukefixe regularly and subscribe to Ukefixe’s YouTube channel where a few products are highlighted.

Best of luck to Adriano, I hope he will manage to make many ukulele converts in Portugal !

6 Comments »

  1. Marcelo Silva on the 9th of December 2009 @ 18:18

    Adriano, muita coragem, fico realmente muito feliz com a sua iniciativa. Votos de muito sucesso daqui do Brasil.

  2. Adriano on the 9th of December 2009 @ 21:55

    Marcelo, muito obrigado! Muito sucesso é o que desejo também para o seu blog Ukulele Brasil.

  3. Filipe on the 20th of December 2009 @ 16:48

    Boas!
    Ter que adquirir um ukulele fora de Portugal fica bem dispendioso. Já tenho 2 (soprano APC e tenor Makala), agora vou comprar um tenor de madeira sólida! Pena é a loja só ter uns Kala de média qualidade :( estava mais a pensar em Pono ou Ko’olau!!!

    Aloha

  4. Adriano on the 20th of December 2009 @ 20:10

    Olá, Filipe. Também aceitamos encomendas de Pono e Ko’olau, simplesmente demoram mais alguns dias a entregar (aproximadamente 10 dias) porque infelizmente em Portugal ainda existe um mercado muito reduzido para essa gama de instrumentos. Contacte-nos e teremos todo o gosto em lhe dar o nosso preço para o tenor de madeira maciça que procura. Melhores cumprimentos. UKEFIXE.COM

  5. Armelle Europe on the 20th of December 2009 @ 20:18

    Marcelo,Adriano and Filipe : I guess I should consider learning Portuguese since Ukulele & Languages seems to have turned Portuguese lately :)

  6. selwyn on the 25th of February 2011 @ 09:07

    Interesting…I hope your shop is open when I visit your country in August 2011.It looks like you have some nice ukes on sale. Selwyn. NZ.

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