Playing the ukulele: the notoriety of Tahiti and the Tahitians
In Polynesia, almost all households have a ukulele. It is a stringed musical instrument representing 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 the largest number of ukulele players in 2015. Especially since this initiative was an opportunity to bring together Polynesians, another way of increasing the notoriety of Tahiti and its people. 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 maximum emotion for Polynesians.
April 2015: the world record for Tahiti
From the simple person to the president of Fenua, a good number of Polynesians who came from all over the archipelago with their ukulele took up the challenge of beating a feat. Hitherto held by the British, the world record for the largest number of ukulele players was indeed very largely beaten on April 11, 2015. And this, by the inhabitants of an island with the multifaceted and cultures out of the ordinary qu is Tahiti. This event took place in particular on the main square of To’ata in Papeete, a place with a magnificent view of the sea. According to the Guinness Book of Records, more than 4,792 Tahitians met for this special moment. It even had to be done twice since in the euphoria of the moment, the participants sang too loud, so that the sound of the ukulele was not heard enough. Indeed, it is a ukulele competition and not a song. The reason why it is essential to hear the sound of ukuleles well in order to validate the record. It is also brought to your attention that this is the traditional song by Eddy Lund entitled "Bora Bora" which was played on 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 emotion sharing. What is more, people of all kinds and from all backgrounds came to honor this event. From very young to grandpas, many people came to play and sing in choir.