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Czech, Yiddish, Indonesian, Korean : Weekly Ukulele World Tour

08 2010

Welcome to this week’s Ukulele World Tour featuring 5 countries and 5 languages.

1. Country: Poland / Language: English

Starting off with a ukulele cover of Summer Wine, a song written by Lee Hazlewood in the late sixties, performed by two Poles.

2. Country: Czech Republic / Language: Czech

Here is a Czech cover of a song taken from the film Báthory, a film written by Slovak filmmaker Juraj Jakubisko. The film tells the story of Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory, who killed many young women in order to bathe in their blood in the hope that it would preserve her youth.

Interesting information about the song, called Muoj Bože, and the film can be found here.

3. Country: United-States / Language: Yiddish and English

Lisa Fishman performs a Yiddish song called Sheyn Vi Di Levone (meaning beautiful as the moon) .

While on the subject of Yiddish, here is an adaptation of Lil Rev’s The Yiddish Blues. Drey En Kup blues performed by Tony Graziano. Tony explains that ‘Drey En Kup’ means ‘a pain in my head’.

Many thanks to Al for finding the two videos featuring the Yiddish language.

4. Country: United-States / Language: Indonesian

If you’re looking for some international feel, Polish Paulina, living in the US, performs a cover of a song called Senandung Rindu by Indonesian singer Yuni Shara.

Lyrics and chords for the song are available on the YouTube description of the song.

5. Country: South-Korea / Language: Korean

A Korean song from a ukulele album, Ukulele Picnic, released in June.

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4 Comments »

  1. Herman Vandecauter on the 8th of August 2010 @ 20:46

    Lisa Fishman has a nice voice!

  2. Al on the 8th of August 2010 @ 20:58

    Whistlestop tour in this post. The Czechs get my vote in this post.

  3. Armelle Europe on the 8th of August 2010 @ 21:50

    Herman : One vote for Lisa Fishman :)

    Al : thanks for stopping by and for your contribution with the Yiddish videos. I like the Czech song too and the story behind it.

  4. RedMango on the 18th of October 2010 @ 13:54

    Very nice post!

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