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Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Asia – Weekly Ukulele World Tour

22 2010

By the time you read this, I’ll be somewhere between Lyon and Beijing, on my way for a very short 5-day-trip to China for work. It is quite amusing to think that I am taking my Kala Pocket Mahogany Ukulele back to China where it was produced, safely stored in my hand-luggage.

Besides my Kala Pocket, I have synchronised the 2nd Uke Hunt Podcast to my iPod, and I’ve had to refrain from listening to it for a few days to save it for my ten-hour-flight.

Now, time for the latest World Tour findings.

1. Country : Russia / Language : Russian

The band Ado with Andrei Gorokhov on vocals and ukulele.

2. Country : Ukraine / Venezuelan Waltz

A great performance of a Venezuelan Waltz, Quiero ser tu sombra, from an Ukrainian guitar and ukulele duo.

3. Country: Sweden / Language: English

Erik Lundgren has written a ukulele track called Wawing at the sky as background music to an animated film of Ernest Hemingway‘s Old Man and The Sea. I love this kind of animations, they remind me of some of Miyazaki‘s films and at the same time of really addictive Flash games like Machinarium written by Amanita Design.

The video gives you an insight into the making of animations. The ukulele track starts at 00:32.

4. Country : Thailand / Language : Thai

Ukulele demo of Thai songs in different places, including a Thai ukulele shop.

Cover of a Thai song with English subtitles

5. Country : Indonesian / Language : Indonesian

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5 Comments »

  1. Herman on the 22nd of August 2010 @ 19:04

    Venezuelan Waltz I now that piece for a long time and nice to hear it back! & The old man and the see is a nice film as well!

  2. Al on the 23rd of August 2010 @ 00:35

    Have a safe trip, Armelle. I hope the pocket uke enjoys its trip back to the homeland.

  3. Armelle Europe on the 28th of August 2010 @ 12:36

    Herman: glad you’ve enjoyed!

    Al: Kala-niño uke is now back to his new homeland and is lucky not to be suffering from jet lag :)

  4. Al on the 30th of August 2010 @ 13:23

    Welcome home, Armelle and Kala-niño. Here’s a video that might interest you:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Ve57TmqzI

    It’s in Australian Kriol apparently.

  5. Armelle Europe on the 30th of August 2010 @ 18:50

    Al: thanks a lot for the welcome and for the excellent video which I will include in the next Weekly World Tour.

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