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Sakura

April 17, 2011

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro playing the traditional Japanese folk song “Sakura” at the Prayer for Japan benefit on April 8. An amazing, heartfelt tribute by a world-class musician. Apologies for the shaky camera work. I shot it on my cell phone and had the kids bumping into me for half of it.

Here’s a bonus track: Jake covering the tune that made him famous (outside Hawaii). I’ve never not seen him play it at any of the performances I’ve been to. It’s definitely the set closer that everyone’s always waiting to hear him play.That annoying kid that keeps talking over the performance – that’s mine.

Unfortunately my cell phone ran out of batteries after this because after the Harrison number he did an improv jam with Kenny Endo that was pretty interesting. Kenny just blew me away, what a phenomenal talent.

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