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Australian Kriol, Korea, Japan and Europe : Weekly Ukulele World Tour

03 2010

If you have been trying to find a geographic logic into the order of the videos in my Weekly World Tour posts, I bet you have some doubts about my sense of geography.

Well, besides the fact that I revise my geography with this kind of video, I am, just like Al in his Uke Tubes, trying to place my videos in an order that unfolds well. So rest assured that the order of the videos has nothing to do with latitude and longitude, linguistic considerations, or with how much I like a country (yeah, I know, France is first in this post).

1. Country: France / Language: English

Let’s start the tour with some lively strumming and nice vocal harmonies with Rel-Bar from France in a cover of Cry Cry Cry by Johnny Cash.

2. Country: Australia / Language: Australian Kriol

Thanks Al for a new language addition to Ukulele & Languages!

Australian Kriol is an Australian Creole language that was born out of the contact between European settlers and people in the Northern regions of Australia.

Ali Mills performs a catchy Waltjim Bat Matilda in Australian Kriol.

3. Country: Korea / Language: Korean

More cool strumming with a Korean folksong, Arirang Gangwondo performed by Cho.

4. Country: United-Kingdom / Language: English

In addition to his usual masterful playing, Al pushes the limits once more and manages to clap his hands in time and without dropping his ukulele (which is not held by a strap) in his performance of the Fraggle Rock Theme Tune.

Al really deserves the ukulele Sceptre!

Time for more gentle strumming/fingerpicking with the lovely voice of Sophie Madeleine performing a cover of the song Zorbing by British Oxford band Stornoway.

5. Country: Japan / Language: Japanese

Fingerstyle song in Japanese, 生きてる事がつらいなら (It would be hard to be alive) by Moriyama Naotarou played by Sanotti.

6. Country: Germany / Language: Russian

Moving on to Germany with Блюз о безусловном вреде пьянства (A blues on the unconditional harm of drinking) performed by Andryus in em… Russian.

7. Country: Germany / Instrumental

Finally, to lull you to sleep and invite you to look deep within yourself, a soothing Abendlied (evening song) called Der Mond ist aufgegangen (The moon has risen) arranged by Jens.

Jens has found an English translation to the lyrics of this beautiful German song, available here.

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4 Comments »

  1. Herman Vandecauter on the 3rd of September 2010 @ 18:57

    Moriyama Naotarou interesting!He did not choose the easiest way!

  2. Armelle Europe on the 4th of September 2010 @ 12:35

    Herman: Sanotti uses some very nice fingerpicking. I am surprised you did not mention Sophie Madeleine this time? ;)

  3. Kuzh on the 19th of September 2010 @ 09:33

    Hi,
    have a listen to Kuzh:

    Industrial music with some ukulele, instrument which I love pretty much ;-)

    http://www.myspace.com/kuzh

  4. Armelle Europe on the 19th of September 2010 @ 11:37

    Kuzh : the ukulele is quite heavily surrounded on those tracks! It’s interesting to hear a uke in industrial music, especially in the track ‘Brides of the Compulsive Destruction’ though. Do you have any videos for this song?

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