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Le C.U.L, Svavar Knútur, Ian Emmerson : Weekly Ukulele World Tour

21 2010

Stealing ukuleles seem to have been a world occupation this week as it made the news both in New-Zealand and in Norway.

The Dominion Post in New-Zealand reports how a youth smashed his way into a Wellington music shop only to steal a ukulele worth $200.

On the other side of the world, Siri Nilsen from Norway reported that she had been assaulted in the centre of Oslo yesterday and that her precious Kala thin body ukulele was stolen.

Lillebjørn Nilsen‘s (Siri Nilsen‘s father) pictures of the stolen ukulele and its case.

And now for this week’s musical world tour…

Country: France / Language: French

This video has to come first in this post as it provides an excellent transition with my previous post on the international language of swearing, if only because of the sense of humour of a French ukulele band who have called themselves Le CUL (the arse).

Le CUL (Collectif d’Ukulélé Lillois) performing Le Museau Qui Tremble .

Country: Iceland / Language: English

Icelandic troubadour Svavar Knútur has just released an album called Amma, consisting of 12 Icelandic folk and traditional songs. I have downloaded the album on bandcamp and I’m really enjoying it. A warm and rich voice accompanied by lovely fingerpicking (mostly on guitar but with a few tracks featuring the ukulele)  combined with the beautiful sounds of the Icelandic language make the album a real treat. Listen and download here.

For those of you who are interested in the Icelandic language, the lyrics to all songs are available on bandcamp too.

Here is Svavar Knútur performing Clementine live at the Reykjavik Downtown Hostel with his ukulele carefully cradled in his arms.

Country: United-Kingdom / Language: English

Ian Emmerson from the Re-entrants does a cool cockney cover of The Jam‘s Down in the Tube Station at Midnight.

This cover of A Pair of Brown Eyes (original by The Pogues) by pauljmuk reminds me of my time in Ireland and of Christy Moore‘s version of the song.

Country: Japan / Language: English

More punk music with Max the mad Japanese ukulele punk rocker covering Debaser by The Pixies.


Country: Brazil / Language: Portuguese

Ivo Mozart from Brazil sings Mocinho do cinema

Country: Sweden / Language: Swedish

A little bit more crazyness to end this post with this video by the band Döda Djur Luktar (Dead animals smell). The song is called Solkapell

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