Jake Shimabukuro

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Jake Shimabukuro (born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls (2007) and the Japanese remake of Sideways (2009).

Well known in Hawaii and Japan during his early solo career in the early 2000s, Shimabukuro became famous internationally in 2006, when a video of him playing a virtuosic rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first viral videos on that site. His concert engagements, collaborations with legendary musicians, media appearances, and music production have snowballed since then. In 2012, an award-winning documentary was released tracking his life, career, and music, titled Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings; it has screened in a variety of festivals, aired repeatedly on PBS, and been released on DVD.

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Year Title Rating Releases
2002 Sunday Morning 2
2002 Skyline 1
2003 Crosscurrent 2
2004 Walking Down Rainhill 2
2005 Dragon 3
2006 Gently Weeps 3
2011 Peace Love Ukulele 1
2012 Grand Ukulele 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2007 My Life Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2009 Live Live 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
2007 Hula Girls Soundtrack 1
2009 The Music of Sideways Soundtrack 1


Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Peace, Love & Ukulele 1
2007 My Life 1

Other + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2005 Play Loud Ukulele Live 1

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