It Doesn’t Get Any better Than This

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Nik West with her Signature uBass at the Kala booth at Winter NAMM.

 

Kala and Nik West.

About as close to perfection as you can get.

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Happy Birthday Nik

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Nik West and her uBass in her video for the song “My Relationship.” Photo: YouTube Screen Capture.

 

Today is Kala uBass player and uBass Artist Nik West‘s birthday.

Let’s all wish her a wonderful birthday uBass style.

And Now For Something Completely Different…

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Kala will be introducing the new Striped Ebony uBass at Winter NAMM 2018. Photo: Kala Brand Music Co.

 

Kala comes to Winter NAMM 2018 armed with new – and pretty cool – uBass and Ukulele models.

In the uBass Department, we have what is arguable Kala’s coolest model, the Striped Ebony uBass.

According to the company:

This beautiful U•Bass has a deep brown color with reddish-brown striping in a satin finish. The Maple binding creates a striking contrast with the Striped Ebony body, helping the wood grain stand out.

Kala also notes that the Striped Ebony comes equipped with a GraphTech TUSQnut, Hipshot Ultralite tuners, and a Shadow uBass NFX preamp with EQ and built-in tuner.

The new model will be available in fretted and fretless, with Pahoehoe strings. Kala Round Wound strings are also available as an option.

A Unique Concept in Uke Music

UniKuE

The 6-song EP from Sweetwater Studios features music played with Kala Ukuleles and uBasses.

 

Progressive Rock played on Ukuleles? Including the uBass?

Well, yes. That’s the concept behind the band UniKuE (Get it? It spells unique and Uke at the same time. Clever, huh?)

UniKuE is also the title of a six song EP created with Kala Ukuleles, uBasses, drums and vocals. There is not a guitar in sight. Not even a Kala Tenor Guitar.

The concept is pretty simple – and impressive:

The UniKuE concept was born when South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon) made a visit to the Sweetwater Studios with his Kala U-Bass. Producer Mark Hornsby loved the sound of the bass and wanted to do something that featured the instrument. Mark, along with drummer Nick D’Virgilio and guitarist Don Carr, came up with the idea of recording a few songs using not only the Kala U-Bass, but the whole Kala Ukulele family.

The tracks on the EP include:

  1. Living In The Past (Jethro Tull)
  2. Closer To The Heart (Rush)
  3. Frame By Frame (King Crimson)
  4. Kid Charlemagne (Steely Dan)
  5. Going To California (Led Zeppelin)
  6. Roundabout (Yes)

Sweetwater music, the online music retailer, produced the EP in their studios, recruiting top-tier musicians and producers. Bakithi Kumalo plass uBass on Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” and Jethro Tull’s “Living In The Past”. Adrian Belew plays on King Crimson’s “Frame by Frame”.

You can purchase the EP as an audio CD or download for $9.99 from Sweetwater.