Music: Jake Shimabukuro

The ukulele — that small, stringed instrument with a light and pretty tone — has seen a resurgence in recent years and is being played by musicians in many different genres.

click to enlarge Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro

The ukulele — that small, stringed instrument with a light and pretty tone — has seen a resurgence in recent years and is being played by musicians in many different genres.

It initially took off as an instrument of choice in Hawaii. Brought to the islands by Portuguese immigrants in the late 1880s, it was dubbed the ukulele by native Hawaiians who had fallen in love with the “little guitar.” There have been many great ukulele players over the years, including Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San, Peter Moon, Bennie Nawahi and the pioneering Ernest Kaai.

But perhaps the two most famous are Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole and Jake Shimabukuro. The beloved Kamakawiwo’ole, who died in 1997, has been called the Bob Marley of Hawaii, while Shimabukuro, who is still very much with us, is considered the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.


Jake Shimabukuro performs Friday at Live! at the Ludlow Garage. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com .
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