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Daisy Dobuyuki, Rita Braga, Cecy Leos, Tomáš Klus : Weekly Ukulele Word Tour

10 2010

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


Daisy Dobuyuki & Ensemble Etoile(Ukulele Grace 2010) perform なつくさ , a song written by Daisy.

Daisy Dobuyuki is quite talkative so if 2 minutes of Japanese language are more than you can handle, then start watching at 1:59.

Country: Portugal and Serbia / Language: English and Serbian

Portuguese Rita Braga (ukulele) and Vuk Palibrk (clarinet) from Serbia perform at the Interzone comic festival opening night, in Stube, Erfurt, Germany.

The song You’re The Cream In My Coffee is followed by a traditional song in Serbian.

Country: Mexico / Language: Spanish

Cecy Leos performs Menta Y Sal. Thanks to Al for this find.

Country: The Czech Republic / Language: Czech and English

Tomáš Klus performs Pocity with a slight hint of Knocking on Heaven’s door.

Country: Spain / Language: Instrumental

2 ukuleles and a saxophone, what else do you need to have fun in a park in Zaragoza?

Country: France / Language: French

Krouk and Dorolélé perform a song by Philippe Katerine, Parlez-Vous Anglais M. Katerine?

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4 Comments »

  1. Craig Robertson on the 13th of December 2010 @ 21:49

    Hmmm….I’m assuming Al put you on to Cecy Leos. She’s quite good. Maybe I wouldn’t think so if I could understand Spanish, but I can’t, so…she’s quite good.

    Her ukulele looks like a thin bodied model of some sort…what is it?

  2. Armelle Europe on the 13th of December 2010 @ 22:30

    Craig : Yes, you can trust Al to find ukulele videos featuring pretty girls :)
    I think her uke is a LAG Baby 1000s (Lag is a French brand).
    You can see a (not so sexy) demo of the uke in this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-A-gh8Nh_s

  3. Craig Robertson on the 13th of December 2010 @ 22:37

    Armelle: right. Trust Al. However, this pretty girl has a good sound. I find many female singers fall into one of two categories: the deep throaty voice or the babydoll voice. (I know this is a gross generalization, but, it’s just that…very general) and in Cecy’s case, it’s the babydoll voice. Still, her approach and intensity is great and playing okay. I do like the sound of that ukulele, even with the felt pick.

  4. Armelle Europe on the 14th of December 2010 @ 07:42

    Craig: Al can also be trusted to select people with a good sound.
    As for voices, I am more sensitive to male voices myself ;)

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