Instrument of Peace ~ Ukulele

On Thanksgiving my Dad showed me a video of Jake Shimabukuro rocking the Uke. The very next day another handsome friend of mine showed me him playing Bohemiam Rhapsody by Queen. I had to share…

Jake Shimabukuro thinks of the Ukulele as the Instrument of Peace and an underdog in the instrument world. That is changing as the Ukulele movement, revolution even, travels around the world and enlightens each of us.

I had no idea a Ukulele could sound so cool until I saw a friends daughter Sally play with the Langley Ukulele Ensemble a few years back. Her daughter Katie also plays, both are in the video below. If you ever get the chance to see the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, take it they are incredible entertainers! Enjoy the videos and musical interlude!

Here is a peak into the ‘Ukulele Instrument of Peace’ World…

"Exploring the never-ending desires that fuel all life, while finding lyrical beauty in everyday happenings."


  • jacquie

    I saw the Langley Ukulele Ensemble a few years ago when they performed at a fundraising gala for the Salvation Army. Didn’t know what to expect from a horde of ukulele players but we were all thoroughly blown away by their set. 100% entertaining and enlightening…none of us could ever guess the uke could sound like that and be so cool!

  • Bonnie Johnson

    Yay Ukulele! I love it! I think part of the bad rap came from Tiny Tim and Tip Toe Through The Tulips…and the fact that when we were kids we all had one of those cheap plastic Ukuleles. Hard to take those serious. But this…wow! So awesome! 🙂

  • Janet

    Very interesting! We were just discussing Jake this weekend, and I was going to look him up on the internet so we could hear him play. My husband’s side of the family gathered this weekend…and we got talking about music, and his name came up. We heard about him this past January when we were in Maui. My kids saw a poster at the grocery store, and thought it was cool that someone had the same name as them. Granted our last name is Shima now, but they know that my in-laws dropped the ‘bukuro’ when they moved to Canada many years ago. They asked my husband if he was related…and he doesn’t know. This weekend, my husband’s cousin says (not sure on the reliability) that the families are related by Great Grandfathers.

    Anyway, he’s very talented, and I do like the sound of the ukulele, especially to songs that are current/known (well for me anyway) 😉

    • Tracy Westerholm

      Janet that’s so cool! He is a talented young man for sure!
      Jacquie, I know the Langely Ukulele Ensemble blew me away when I saw them. Sally and Katie are both talented Uke players. They have so much fun playing.
      Maybe I will get one and give it a try? hmmmm

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