Article: 5 Famous Ukulele Players You Should Know


Many people know that the ukulele is a popular instrument in the Hawaiian culture. However, this humble instrument has become increasingly popular with other global cultures. Although it is mainly used as an accompanying instrument, its resurgence has allowed players to stretch the possibilities, with many now using the uke as a solo instrument.

The ukulele has great musical appeal because compared to other instruments such as guitars; it is possible to get a decent and quality ukulele for a decent price. As a four-stringed instrument, it is also relatively easier to learn how to play the ukulele, especially with continued time and effort.

Playing the ukulele is fast becoming a global trend, and although it is now on the radar for the public audience, it has a long history in Europe that dates back to the 18th century. Hawaiian communities started reproducing these small instruments after the Portuguese introduced them in the islands. By the start of the 20th century, the ukulele had become firmly established as their main instrument.

The uke started to move from a Hawaiian novelty at the start of the 30s, and thanks to ukulele players like Cliff Edwards, aka Ukulele Ike, the instrument started to gain considerable popularity. Musicians started playing the uke in indie and rock music, helping to contribute to its growth. To help you appreciate the growth of the ukulele, here are the best 5 famous ukulele players of all time (in no particular order):

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, the late Hawaiian musical legend is best known for his world famous ukulele backed version of Over the Rainbow. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole passed away at a young age in 1997 but as the decades pass, his legacy continues to grow stronger. His recordings, many of which feature the ukulele, are featured regularly in countless TV series and films.

Jesse Kaleihia Andre Kalima