This fab resource for school uke groups now includes a take home BOOK \ C.D. for $20 per unit. Real progress is achieved by having home access to ukes and resources. The book starts with easy two chord songs and increases in challenge as you work through a set list of 22 uniquely kiwi tracks. They have been tested and performed at the N.Z. ukulele festivals and workshops throughout N.Z. The songs include :
KIWI UKULELE , THAT’S AOTEAROA , UKULELE WORLD , DANCING IN THE STARLIGHT , ROCK THAT UKE , YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT , UKULELE HEAVEN , WORKING FOR A SONG, MY LITTLE HULA GIRL , MR UKULELE, PASIFIKA and BORN IN THE WORDS OF LOVE.
You may even wish to join the groups filming a track for next years D.V.D.
Cheers Kevin Fogarty
The provisional date for the 2011 New Zealand Ukulele Festival is 26 November 2011. It is scheduled to be at the Trust Stadium in Henderson West Auckland again.
If the organisers do as great a job as they have in previous years, it wil again be a great event for families, kids of all ages and especially those school kids who participate in the massed “Kiwileles”
More info will be posted here as it comes to hand.
For info and reviews of the 2010 festival see http://www.culturevulture.co.nz/blog/ukulele/ukesinschools/nz-ukulele-festival-auckland-2010-review/
Kevin Fogarty, otherwise often known as Mr Ukulele because of his great involvement in promoting all things Uke in NZ, has released a book with CD and DVD.
Ukulele World, the exiting new resource, has 22 original songs for ukulele groups and schools. It includes chords and lyrics with helpful tips. A free D.V.D. of the songs is to be recorded – would you like to be part of this exciting project ? Contact Kevin Fogarty now.
Another great day organised by the NZ Ukulele Trust with a primary aim of encouraging Ukulele playing amongst school children. Over 200 children from about 100 schools came and played. Schools from Auckland, Northland and the Waikato attended as well as some from as far away as Dunedin and Palmerston North.
Held in perfect weather at Waitakere Stadium in Henderson, Auckland on 27th November 2010, a great day was had by the thousands who attended. All for free too!
The Kiwileles massed schools playalong and also a “Kiwi Ukealong” where everyone could play together created a great atmosphere and stimulation for many.
Songwriting contests and a Ukequest to find the best Youth ukulele act added interest. Main stage performers like Azo Bell & Ukelele Bart from USA filled out the day of performances, workshops, open mic sessions and fun.
Well done to the organisers.
Final words from some who attended:
It was cool for my granddaughter who played in it
Absolutely brilliant. They get better every year.
absolutely loved it – totally magical – the sun was shining and it took me away from the TV for a few hours – it gave me hope
A really fun day for all ages!
I thought the Uke Fest was fantastic, i came down from Mangawhai on my own and stayed for hours, you did a gr8 job! Thank you.
It was a beautiful day and my daughter and school friends enjoyed the Uke Fest alot. Thank you.
Great programme helping to make the Ukulele accessible in schools with the aim of getting as many kids interested in music as possble. For info see http://www.playitstrange.co.nz/ukulele-programme/index.html