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Andrewhaschesthair
01-11-2011, 11:53 AM
Yeah, been into reggae for a while, but i was wondering what songs are your guys's favorite to play on the uke? :)

Papa Tom
01-11-2011, 01:03 PM
They aren't both reggae songs, technically, but I like to do a reggae medley of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" and "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life."

diego
01-11-2011, 01:25 PM
Two two chord songs, Night Nurse and Burningand Looting

rem50
01-11-2011, 01:28 PM
do you have a links to sound files of any of these?

molokinirum
01-11-2011, 01:45 PM
Gotta be Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Kanaka916
01-11-2011, 02:12 PM
do you have a links to sound files of any of these?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3VaqcnAMEY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9EQvwxoY4I&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5VQV8jTl5Q

Plainsong
01-11-2011, 02:15 PM
After forgetting about my first encounter with uke on the Beatles Anthology, I remembered it when I went to a Hawaiian watch website. I wanted to play this (http://www.bathyswatch.com/) - and now I do. :)

(wait for Flash intro to play. And props to John Peterson, the head of Bathys, for guiding me to getting my first uke. But then that also got me to stop collecting watches... sooo... yeah.)

rem50
01-11-2011, 02:16 PM
THanks for the posts!

rem50
01-11-2011, 02:22 PM
After forgetting about my first encounter with uke on the Beatles Anthology, I remembered it when I went to a Hawaiian watch website. I wanted to play this (http://www.bathyswatch.com/) - and now I do. :)

(wait for Flash intro to play. And props to John Peterson, the head of Bathys, for guiding me to getting my first uke. But then that also got me to stop collecting watches... sooo... yeah.)
wanted to listen but download was going to take forever!

JT_Ukes
01-11-2011, 02:24 PM
Rainbow Connection.

Plainsong
01-11-2011, 02:49 PM
Umm, sorry I guess? It took about 15 seconds from here. I'm not their web hosting, so I dunno?


wanted to listen but download was going to take forever!

telebob
01-11-2011, 02:56 PM
"Red Red Wine" - the UB40 version. The song was written by Neil Diamond, but sounds better as a reggae tune.

experimentjon
01-11-2011, 03:13 PM
It's a bit more Jawaiian than pure Reggae, but I'm quite fond of Fiji's "Naughty Girl." Two chords to perfection. :)
Along the two-chord vein, Bob's "Waiting in Vain" is also a classic.

Plainsong
01-11-2011, 03:14 PM
Anything by UB40 BEFORE they devolved into Red Red Wine. But that's mostly because my husband is strong enough on bass to do it. If not for his basslines, I'd not bother. Madame Medusa FTW. Oh man they were great. And then Red Red Wine happened.. :wtf:

No Offense to anyone who likes the song, but there's a before and after with that band. Anders is more vocal about it than I am even.

TCK
01-11-2011, 04:15 PM
New to the Uke, old to Reggae. Unfortunately, while I listen to it primarily, and every minute of the day (revive style- mostly pre-1970) I have found it BORING to play on a stringed instrument...vastly ignored in reggae for the most part until "Catch A Fire" (and then played by a cat from Alabama who had never heard reggae)
Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. little bits of guitar brilliance that I am working on

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxVmzAswcFU&feature=related
All the UB40 fans will recognize this original- the bassline would make a great tune to pick out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR2czvgWcns
and for all the Beatles fans- Obe La Di was written about this fellow.
This tune would be another fun one to do finger picked

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIOkzDgPnHA&playnext=1&list=PL30D69AB31A8A6621&index=2
'Working on them means my brain has not caught up to my ambition at all, but I am getting there

For Revive Reggae- there is this fellow I know on Podomatic who is a top shelf SELECTA (shameless plug there :))

Plainsong
01-11-2011, 04:35 PM
Yeah, it's tough to do right. Professor Anders is one of those that strongly feels that not one single one of us is really doing it right, I mean anyone not born with it in their souls - that all we can manage, whatever instrument we play, we're all just faking it. He's one that thinks entire albums have been made of people just faking it. It's tough playing reggae with such an expert. He includes himself in the faking it category.

Ron
01-11-2011, 07:34 PM
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder they Come

pulelehua
01-11-2011, 08:26 PM
I prefer ska on ukulele for its ukulele-esque incessant giddiness. A Message to You Rudy. Slots nicely into The Tide is High. (The old versions, not the covers, BTW). Haven't tried much reggae. Redemption Song. Anything else? No Woman No Cry. No, I think ska is a better fit.

Interesting that very people on this thread have ACTUALLY listed reggae songs...