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Take some American and Spanish poetry from sunny Mexico, add to this a lovely voice from South Africa, a bit of Italian, a dreamy slightly haunting song about a stolen bicycle from the UK (no wonder people go nicking bicycles) , a ukulele song from French band Cocoon , and you should have your fill of ukulele and languages for the weekend.

Country : Mexico / Language: Spanish

Spanish, ukulele and recitation in this video featuring Jorge Guerra performing Mariposa Negra (Black Butterflies), a poem by New Yorker Barbara Joan Schaffer.

The Spanish lyrics to the song are (source : Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website) :

Mariposa negra de mi corazón
te esperaba y sólo llegó
La mariposa negra de mi corazón.

Te esperaba donde te sentaba
tu mano en la mía
escuchando lo que no pudimos decir.

Mariposa negra que vuela sin ver su camino.
Amor de sordomudo
Amor de tacto mudo
Sol oscuro de mi despertar.

The English words to the poem can be found here on Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website.

Country: South Africa / Language : Spanish

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This is the closing post of the French ukulele week and we’ll be looking at Ukulele instrumentals performed by French ukulele players.

But first, for fresh news of the French band Cocoon, currently touring in Australia, a review of their Melbourne gig is available here via . Nice to read that Cocoon managed to win their Australian public over especially after reading this : “Though with two French bands on the bill you can be forgiven for expecting the music to be the sterotypical French fare”.

Anyhow, back to ukulele instrumentals with Valéry Sauvage and his cheerful paintings which will brighten up your Sunday. This piece by Thomas Briggs called Circus Jig, was originally written for the minstrel banjo and arranged for the uke by Rob MacKillop.

Mrpalimpseste performs a lively When the Saints go Marchin’ In on a Kiwaya KTS-4.

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