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Old January 23rd, 2018, 09:37 AM   #1
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Portuguese in Hawaii

Portuguese in Hawaii


Ukulele: an instrument taken to Hawaii by Portuguese

( Ukulele Cavaquinho )


When SS Ravenscrag arrived in Honolulu on the afternoon of August 23, 1879, he had 419 Portuguese immigrants on board from the island of Madeira. Joao Fernandes, then 25, celebrating the end of the 4-month, 15,000-mile voyage, took the Madeiran version of the cavaquinho, the braguinha of his friend Manuel Nunes, jumped from the ship and began to play typical modinhas of his native land. The Hawaiians, impressed by the speed with which John's fingers traveled the instrument, called this ukulele, which translated means "leaping flea"; at least that was the impression left by Joao Fernandes's fingers.

The Gazeta Havaiana said at the time: "a band of Portuguese, made up of islanders from Madeira, arrived here recently, has delighted people with night concerts on the streets. The musicians are true artists with their strange instruments, which are a kind of mixture between a viola and a banjo, but that produce a very sweet music in the hands of the Portuguese troubadours.

Cynthia Fernandes, great-granddaughter of Joćo Fernandes participated in a video report about her grandfather entitled "Joao Fernandes brings the Ukulele to Hawaii" and held on August 16, 2008 by Zee's Universe, on a YouTube channel:

Joćo Fernandes: father of the ukulele - Joćo Fernandes: pai do ukulele

Viola Cavaquinho


https://youtu.be/_B1Q7IZKYuk?list=RDHrA-uBVjaEo Cavaquinho - Tenho um Amor em Viana

https://youtu.be/5yiseMI_sks?list=RDHrA-uBVjaEo - linda rosinha no cavaquinho

https://youtu.be/U5JP0LsH76Q?list=RDHrA-uBVjaEo - rkansas Traveler - bluegrass ukulele cavaquinho

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