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Have you ever wondered what ukulele means?

Ukulele – yoo-kuh-lei-lee

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Ukulele is commonly associated with the Hawaiian music. Okay, I got! It was created long time ago by Hawaiians.

Not really...The actual birthplace of the uke is a Portuguese island called Madeira (Wood in Portuguese) in the Atlantic southwest of Portugal.

In the beginning of 1800, the Madeira Island’s inhabitants started suffering from poverty and natural disasters that ruined the wine market forcing them to move abroad.

In the late 1800s, about 25,000 Madeirans embarked to Hawaii looking for a new life.

Three immigrants are generally credited as the first ukulele makers, they are: Manuel Nunes, José do Espírito Santo, and Augusto Dias.

Anyway, coming back to our first question, what does ukulele mean?

Hawaiian ʿukulele leaping flea (ʿuku flea + lele to jump, leap), a nickname given to British army officer Edward Purvis (who popularized the instrument at the court of King Kalakaua), in reference to his lively playing style “source Wikipedia…”


Sources:

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/ukulele

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukulele

https://www.ukulelemag.com/stories/the-birth-of-the-ukulele



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