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ukecantdothat
09-27-2009, 02:00 PM
My band, 3hrTour, features my uke with a steel drummer. We play a mish-mash of calypso, reggae, soca, latin, etc. - general island music. We just played a gig where an ukulele "purist" complained that steel drum is Caribbean and uke is Hawaiian, and therefore the two instruments are "confused" and don't really belong together. I told the dude to "lighten up" and he must have thought I said, "Light one up," because he said, "I don't think that will help..."

Whoa...

Kmetzger
09-27-2009, 03:36 PM
If it sounds good, play it. Some of the most amazing music of the past 100 years has been from taking instruments out of their traditional context and placing it in another context. So...were it me, I'd tell the "purist" to put more energy into desiring great music, instead of getting stuck in a strugle over what should or should not be.

ukecantdothat
09-27-2009, 03:46 PM
The pan player actually said words to that effect. Then we went into our version of Eleanor Rigby just to further confuse the guy!

ritzer012
09-27-2009, 04:36 PM
id tell the guy if he doesnt like it then stop listening! id pay more attention to the people who enjoy my music for what it is

mealfrog41
09-27-2009, 04:44 PM
That's completely ridiculous, I think your band sounds rad. I play uke in a band and I wish we had steel drums! Light one up yourself and keep rocking on.. and don't listen to people like that.

haole
09-27-2009, 04:47 PM
Better not tell him the banjo has African origins, and by his logic, shouldn't be used for anything other than slave spirituals.

ukecantdothat
09-27-2009, 04:53 PM
I kind of took it as a compliment. Most people wouldn't have made the musical distinction. In fact it never even occurred to me! I just say, "Oh... Harry Belafonte and then into Bruddah Iz? Great! And a one and a two..."

nikolo727
09-27-2009, 04:54 PM
Even if those two instruments, "are not supposed to be together" which is false btw, who cares. I think that is the beauty of music. Mixing different sounds and styles and still being able to create beauty. He obviously does not know the true meaning of music.

ukecantdothat
09-27-2009, 05:10 PM
Or maybe he does know the "true" meaning of music, and I'm the dope! But I've been breaking the "rules" of music my whole career. When I was a kid, a piano teacher literally threw a book at me because I wanted to play Beethoven my way, not his, and that he couldn't possibly know how to play it "properly" because Beethoven was dead. That's when the book whapped me upside the head. He sure showed me! That was my last piano lesson. The next week I got a Les Paul copy and never looked back...

franulele
09-27-2009, 07:39 PM
During the Classical music era (1700s) a certain very exotic instrument from Turkey was utilized in the orchestra.... that instrument was the cymbal. I'm glad Mozart thought outside the box!

Pippin
09-27-2009, 08:21 PM
I heard a group doing African drum with Celtic strings and it blew me away. I've wanted to play some of it since then.

Ahnko Honu
09-27-2009, 09:54 PM
My band, 3hrTour, features my uke with a steel drummer. We play a mish-mash of calypso, reggae, soca, latin, etc. - general island music. We just played a gig where an ukulele "purist" complained that steel drum is Caribbean and uke is Hawaiian, and therefore the two instruments are "confused" and don't really belong together. I told the dude to "lighten up" and he must have thought I said, "Light one up," because he said, "I don't think that will help..."

Whoa...

I guess this guy has never heard of "Jawaiian" music which is Hawaiian reggae.
I personally don't listen to it (old fut me) but the local youth love it.
Hawaiian music existed for over a millennium without the 'ukulele. The 'Ukulele didn't make Hawaiian music any less Hawaiian.

buddhuu
09-28-2009, 12:41 AM
Mix it up! :rock: :music:

cornfedgroove
09-28-2009, 03:23 AM
what ethnicity was the guy...what instrument did he play?

Tell him that real purists only play instruments of their own nationality...it'll confuse the instrument. Then call him a poser.

you cant play ukulele unless you're Hawaiian...wait, or is it Portuguese? dang it, now I'm confused

Doctroid
09-28-2009, 03:36 AM
When I was a kid, a piano teacher literally threw a book at me because I wanted to play Beethoven my way, not his, and that he couldn't possibly know how to play it "properly" because Beethoven was dead.

Sorry to hear you had such a bad piano teacher. My son's teacher is giving him not only Bela Bartok but blues and ragtime. As far as I can tell he likes all of it...

Blrfl
09-28-2009, 04:11 AM
I'd have reminded him that today's radicals are tomorrow's conservatives.

--Mark

Link
09-28-2009, 10:52 AM
I'd tell the "purist" to put more energy into desiring great music, instead of getting stuck in a strugle over what should or should not be.

Amen!!! :agree:

ukecantdothat
09-28-2009, 01:52 PM
what ethnicity was the guy...what instrument did he play?

Tell him that real purists only play instruments of their own nationality...it'll confuse the instrument. Then call him a poser.

you cant play ukulele unless you're Hawaiian...wait, or is it Portuguese? dang it, now I'm confused

Yes, I believe he was from Poserstan, and to be honest, he wasn't all that bent outta shape about it, he just thought we'd like to know for our own edification. We got a kick out of the comment. Later on, a woman from Trinidad told us we reminded her of home where certain traditions are celebrated with a uke/pan combo, which made us feel legal again. (Although she said they call the uke a "cuatro," which I later researched and found out is closer to the lute family. Close enough for me!)

gioconbrio
09-28-2009, 03:45 PM
So are there any links to this uke/steel drum combo I can check out?

Rick Turner
09-28-2009, 03:51 PM
If the guy is really a purist, he should ban ukuleles from Hawaiian music. Real traditional Hawaiian music was chanting accompanied only by percussion. Ukes are a modern invention...relatively speaking...brought to the island by colonizers and their lackeys.

Link
09-28-2009, 03:54 PM
So are there any links to this uke/steel drum combo I can check out?
Wait, yeah, this guy's on to something. I got caught up in hating that "purist" and forgot about the music. I'd love to see vids or hear audio of the band!

cornfedgroove
09-28-2009, 04:12 PM
ukes are for lackeys

UkeNukem
09-28-2009, 04:24 PM
You're nobody 'till you're somebody's lackey

(dang, I thought we had a whistling smiley)

Citrus
09-28-2009, 04:28 PM
you should have one up'd him and said that it was a Portugese instrument and therefore would be better off perhaps with the spanish guitar that you left at his mother's house.

ukecantdothat
09-29-2009, 01:29 PM
So are there any links to this uke/steel drum combo I can check out?

Here's a link to our demo on our agent's site - it's a bit dated, but it gives a pretty good sense of the vibe.

http://www.markwoodentertainment.com/audio/Three%20Hour%20Tour.mp3

ukecantdothat
09-29-2009, 01:31 PM
Here's a link to our demo...

http://www.markwoodentertainment.com/audio/Three%20Hour%20Tour.mp3

gioconbrio
09-30-2009, 05:44 AM
Cool. Total party music. I enjoyed "I Shot the Sheriff."

RevWill
09-30-2009, 05:48 AM
Purists can kiss it. Ever notice that the vast majority of Blues purists are upper-middle class white guys, while actual blues players like Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker embraced people of all classes and races who loved the music?

ukecantdothat
09-30-2009, 07:04 AM
Purists can kiss it. Ever notice that the vast majority of Blues purists are upper-middle class white guys, while actual blues players like Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker embraced people of all classes and races who loved the music?

Excellent point Rev. That may also account for how the blues is much bigger in Europe than it ever was here.

ukecantdothat
09-30-2009, 07:07 AM
Cool. Total party music. I enjoyed "I Shot the Sheriff."


Thanks! Nothing like reggae and ska on the uke - fits right in the pocket.

Ahnko Honu
09-30-2009, 09:27 AM
That's tropical jam, awesome sound. Can you imagine how bland food would taste if "purists" dictated what ingredients can, and cannot be combined?
Damn the purists, full speed ahead! :shaka:

ukecantdothat
09-30-2009, 01:07 PM
That's tropical jam, awesome sound. Can you imagine how bland food would taste if "purists" dictated what ingredients can, and cannot be combined?
Damn the purists, full speed ahead! :shaka:

Amen, Brudda! That would be like banana macadamia pancakes without the banana and macadamia. http://ukuleleunderground.com/smilies/nana.gif

Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana - Let the story be told!

ukecantdothat
10-01-2009, 01:13 PM
you should have one up'd him and said that it was a Portugese instrument and therefore would be better off perhaps with the spanish guitar that you left at his mother's house.


Yeah, in my best Jersey accent. Good one!

salukulady
10-01-2009, 01:50 PM
Hey, another band like mine! Yay! My band has a keyboard, uke, flute, guitar, pans, bass and drums along with a plethora of rhythm instruments. We play music from the 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and today. We don't think there is an era or type of music that is out of bounds. You guys sound great. Do you have a myspace or website? Would love to network with you. We are always looking for like minded bands for future gigs where we need more than one band. We're in Orange County. This is our myspace: www.myspace.com/barefootwahines

Ahnko Honu
10-01-2009, 02:00 PM
Hey, another band like mine! This is our myspace: www.myspace.com/barefootwahines

I thought your groups called "The Hot Mamasitas"?

salukulady
10-01-2009, 02:04 PM
I thought your groups was called " The Hot Mamasitas"?Thanks, you wouldn't believe some of the names we were considering.....my favorite un-PC one was "Land of MILF and Honey".