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.
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
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