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The Mighty Uke

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The Mighty Uke
(The Mighty Uke, 2010, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States)
  • Regia: Tony Coleman
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  • Durata: 76'
  • Data di uscita: 26-11-2011
MIGHTY UKE: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog is an award-winning documentary that travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures and ages are turning to the ukulele. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyo’s high rise canyons to Hawaii, MIGHTY UKE tells the story of the people’s instrument. Think of a ukulele and grass skirts, slide guitar and kitchy lyrics come swiftly in to view, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world. Originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, the tiny instrument first captured the musical imaginations of the Hawaiian royal court in the 1880s. With the dawn of the radio broadcasting age, ukulele music owned the airwaves. Broadway produced ukulele musicals. Hollywood produced ukulele movie stars. The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home and the first musical voice for millions of children. Over the next thirty years the uke was number one, and then, with the rise of rock and roll guitar, faded into nerdy obscurity… until now. Following the screening, ukulele virtuoso James Hill, regularly cited as ‘The Best Ukulele Player in the World’, will take to the stage, taking the ukulele experience to where it has never been before. The performance will then turn into a giant ukulele strum along, as he leads the audience in a mass ukulele performance. Don't forget to bring your uke!