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“If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.” – Jake Shimabukuro
It doesn’t take more than a few seconds of listening to Jake Shimabukuro’s rendition of Why My Guitar Gently Weeps to realize you’ve discovered something special. For this Hawaiian native, the ukulele has become the ideal instrument to spread the sounds of the Aloha spirit around the world.
As a proud fifth generation Japanese-American, there could be no better place to spread Hawaii’s famous feel-good music than Japan itself, about which Jake says: “I feel very connected to my Japanese roots. I travel to Japan a lot and I love the food, culture and people.”
His latest CD, “Peace Love Ukulele” highlights the well developed depth of his performance on an instrument that might seem simple to learn, but in the hands of a true master, is able to conjure up the island spirits in song. Jake Shimabukuro Interview.