Every year, people from various countries try to break the world record for the most ukulele players. This is an event not to be missed, especially for fans of this musical instrument. In 2015, Tahitians hold the success of the most people playing the ukulele. They more particularly dethroned the English who brought together 2 musicians in July 370. Discover in this article all the details of this event forever engraved in the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of Polynesia.
Playing the ukulele: the notoriety of Tahiti and the Tahitians
In Polynesia, almost all homes have a ukulele. It is a stringed musical instrument representing the Tahitian culture. It is therefore rare to meet a person who does not know how to play the ukulele in Polynesia. One reason why Tahiti did not hesitate to take up the challenge of increasing the number of ukulele players in 2015. Especially since this initiative was an opportunity to bring Polynesians together, another way to increase the notoriety of Tahiti and its inhabitants. On the program: happiness in music, flowers and smiles as a bonus. Basically, these are the factors that made this event a moment of pure sharing with a maximum of emotions for the Polynesians.
April 2015: the world record for Tahiti
From the simple quidam to the president of Fenua, a good number of Polynesians from all over the archipelago with their ukulele took up the challenge of beating a feat. Until then held by the British, the world record for the greatest number of ukulele players was indeed largely beaten on April 11, 2015. And this, by the inhabitants of an island with many facets and extraordinary cultures that is Tahiti. This event took place more particularly on the large square of To'ata in Papeete, a place giving a magnificent view of the sea. According to the Guinness Book of Records, more than 4792 Tahitians gathered for this special moment. We even had to do it twice because in the euphoria of the moment, the participants sang too loudly, which meant that we couldn't hear enough of the sound of the ukulele. Indeed, it is a contest of ukulele and not of song. The reason why it is essential to hear the sound of the ukuleles well in order to be able to validate the record. It is also brought to your attention that it is Eddy Lund's traditional piece entitled “Bora Bora” which was played during this occasion. Note that this show lasted for more than 5 minutes. In the heart of Polynesia, this event is considered to be a unique moment of shared emotion. What's more, people of all genders and backgrounds came to honor this event. Ranging from very young people to grandpas and grandmas, many people came to play and sing along.