A New Breed of Ukulele Players


When ukulele first hit the scene about a hundred years ago it was a cool, hip thing to have. A San Fransisco music store advertisement from 1915 read:

The Hawaiian Ukulele is the one musical instrument that everyone can play. It’s inexpensive. It is easily carried about. It’s melodious – it has a charm all it’s own. It’s a welcome addition to any social gathering- in the home, on an outing trip or in the summer camp.It affords great pleasure to young and old.

A hundred years later that is just as true. And just like it’s popularity “spread like wildfire” a century ago, so today, many are discovering the joy of uke.

It’s played in almost any genre of music, but here on the islands the young kids learning ukulele are influenced by a new breed of player.  The ukulele virtuoso! Jake Shimabukuro trail-blazed this new style of fusion. The musical mixture has no bounds. Hawaiian, Jazz, Classical and Rock stirred together with a dash of young punk energy excites the “shredder” in all of us. Feel free to play “air ukulele” along. These amazing young musicians are showing the potential in this instrument and it’s a fun thing to watch and hear. Enjoy. Until next time..Aloha!

The amazement, as someone once said, is not how it’s done, but that it’s done at all.

These 2 performances are exclusive to TheUkuleleReview. Here are two amazing young players from Hawaii-

Learn more about Kris at http://krisfuchigami.com/

Learm more about Kalei at http://kaleigamiao.com/

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