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Jake Shimabukuro

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Jake Shimabukuro (born November 3, 1976) is a Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work.[1] His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco.[2] Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls (2007) and Saidoweizu (2009), the Japanese remake of Sideways.[3]

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Jake Shimabukuro
Shimabukuro seated and playing ukelele
Jake Shimabukuro performing in Joshua Tree, California in 2007
Background information
Born (1976-11-03) November 3, 1976 (age 46)
Honolulu, Hawai’i, U.S.
GenresJazz, blues, funk, rock, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco
Years active1998–present
LabelsJapan Sony
United States Hitchhike
Music Theories Recordings

Well known in Hawai’i 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.[4] His concert engagements, collaborations with well-known 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.