Mighty Uke
Available on Tubi TV, MagellanTV Documentaries, iTunes
Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitschy lyrics, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world. Born in Hawaii in the 1880's, the ukulele was so easy to play that by the 20's it was the most popular instrument in the American home. But then the rise of the rock and roll guitar pushed the uke into nerdy obscurity. until now! In the Internet age, the instrument is making a comeback, and a new generation is rediscovering a unique musical voice. Mighty Uke travels the world to chronicle the amazing comeback of a musical underdog.
Starring Jake Shimabukuro, Sylvie Simmons
Director Tony Coleman