Ukulele & Languages

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Different cultures
one common language... the ukulele.

Archive for July, 2009

A friend of mine has recently sent me a mail saying that he’d just visited East Greenland and that is was a truly beautiful place, very wild _imagine, 3000 people living on 2600km of coastline !
Thanks to Edward for letting me use one of his pictures in this post : the village of Kulusuk.
Kulusuk, East Greenland

His mail was just what I needed to start searching for ukulele videos from Greenland.A bit crazy I know but… I can’t help …

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After all the buzz around the Paris UkeFest, I am quite happy to resume my normal Ukulele& Languages activities from my peaceful retreat in the gentle hills of Burgundy.

Without transition I’m taking you from Paris to Brazil to introduce you to a Brazilian band called Marcelo Mendes e os Bacanas.

Marcelo was kind enough to contact me to contribute to my list of Ukulele songs in Brazilian Portuguese.

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After the Open Mic session, it was time for the “choses sérieuses” (the real thing) as Lionel diplomatically put it :) The Ukulele Boyz entered the room and started strumming frantically among all of us, singing covers of well-known French and Spanish songs in a very energetic manner.

PUF 2009 Ukulele Boyz

This was welcome as we were quite a few to feel drowsy because of the heat, using programmes as fans to try and create a breathe.Things got even better when the Sugarsnap …

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My very first Ukulele Fest turned out brilliantly. I had a really good time and the whole day unfolded really well. Let me tell you the story :
After a long walk from Gare de Lyon, we cross the cemetery of the Père Lachaise, a blessed place sheltering us from the blazing sun. As we are nearing the Bellevilloise where the Uke Fest will be held, I start looking for signs of people carrying ukuleles. I can’t see any… After 14 months of ukulele playing without meeting one single ukulele player, I had to arrive at the very beginning of the Paris Uke Fest to make sure I wouldn’t miss anything. A few others did just the same. We sit ourselves down at a table, taking it all in and people quickly come to join us. The atmosphere is very relaxed. I meet Clare (Clarification from UkuleleCosmos) and we start chatting about ukulele and travelling… the day is promising !

Père Lachaise Cimetery PUF 2009 Mikael from Sweden PUF 2009 Clare from London PUF 2009 Syl'Ukes ukuleles

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Two new languages to add to the collection today !

42. Croatian

London viewed by Croatians…

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