Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Ukuleles Strike Chord In US
Recently in Los Angeles Times I came across the article on Ukuleles and I remember Unk Dicko, the ukuleles man back home. In June 2009 he participated in the Active Ageing Exhihibition playing his favourite ukuleles with two others here. This little musical instrument has made a come back in US for the last few years and is gaining popularity now. Demand for hand made ukuleles has exceeded supply and the waiting lists stretching out more than a year. Each costs between a few hundred dollars to US$3,000. The cheap ones mass produced from China costs about US$30 each.
A former Beatle George Harrison was well known in the uke circles before his death in 2001. The article stated that his bandmate Paul McCartney reignited the public's fascination by playing the instrument in the 2002 tribute Concert for George and in other performances.
Will ukuleles strike a chord in Singapore too? This is a good opportunity for Unk Dicko to take the lead to form an Ukuleles Circle.