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Watch Jake Shimabukuro and Composer Byron Yasui Prep for Concerto World Premiere


We're counting the days, hours, and minutes until the world premiere of Byron Yasui's Concerto for ‘Ukulele and Orchestra, Campanella, to be performed by Jake Shimabukuro and the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra on June 6 and June 7. Watch in the above promo video as Shimabukuro and Yasui talk about the challenges of presenting a three movement ukulele concerto, which isn't the first of its kind, but [...]

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The Wizardry of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

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By Dan Kois The tiny ukulele never looked so small as when it was played by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Set against his massive frame—by the time of his death in 1997, he topped 757 pounds—Kamakawiwo’ole’s ’60s-style Martin tenor might easily have been mistaken for a toy or a punch line, but in his capable hands, it [...]

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Aloha, Edgar Dang

Family and friends remember Dang at a memorial in Hawaii.

At Aloha Warehouse in San Francisco’s historic Japantown, co-owner Edgar Dang spread his love of Hawaiian music and culture—one ukulele at a time. This winter, Dang unexpectedly passed away in his sleep, at age 56, but his vision and legacy will live on. Dang was born in Kobe, Japan, on August 3, 1958. His father, [...]

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‘Nashville’ star Laura Benanti Is Bitten By the Uke Bug

Laura Benanti playing the Ukulele on "Nashville"

“Please don’t ask me where you know me from,” Laura Benanti’s bio reads on her hilarious, unfiltered Twitter account (@LauraBenanti). If Benanti does look familiar, it could be through any number of her roles. The 35-year-old Tony-winning actress and ukulele enthusiast has an extensive resume, from her first gig at 19 as Maria von Trapp [...]

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Watch an Impromptu Performance in the Ukulele Magazine Office from Erich Sylvester

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When Erich Sylvester dropped by the office to pick up a box of magazines, he was kind enough to treat us to a song ("I Want to Learn to Speak Hawaiian"). Luckily, we had a camera phone on hand and we captured the performance to share with you! The Summer 2015 issue of Ukulele magazineClick [...]

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Happy Wednesday! Enjoy a New Video from Taimane Gardner – ‘Jupiter’ (Live)

Happy Wednesday! Enjoy new video with  Taimane – Jupiter (Live)

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