I absolutely love Jake Shimabukuro!!! He is an Hawaiian ukulele player and I have nominated him two times in this week’s task in RR.
In my islands is quite a lot of ukulele music but it comes from the people who went to Hawaii before the second world war when times were very bad for us following our annexation by Japan and the music filtered back to Okinawa and the islands. When I grew up there was always some old guy playing a ukulele somewhere at every festival, but I was never really interested in it until I discovered Jake Shimabukuro.
I first got to know Jake Shimabukuro as he make the soundtrack for the Japanese film Hula Girls which is a very funny but also very kind comedy film about a poor and depressed town in north Japan that tries to make a Hawaiian themed spa to attract tourist!!!
Here is the theme from the film
Jake Shimabukuro is well know for his cover versions of popular songs and jazz tracks but he also plays some traditional music from Okinawa and Hawaii.
In this next video he plays a traditional Japanese song called Sakura Sakura (yes it is my name, but it is really about the cherry blossom and its significance in our culture)
Finally I would like to share Jake Shimabukuro version of While my Guitar Gently Weeps. I honestly think that this is the best cover version of this song ever!!! I can really fell his soul in this track
I hope you like it!!!
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Thank you for listening to his music and reading the post!!!