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:
- Living In The Past (Jethro Tull)
- Closer To The Heart (Rush)
- Frame By Frame (King Crimson)
- Kid Charlemagne (Steely Dan)
- Going To California (Led Zeppelin)
- 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.