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Published on March 11th, 2019 | by Jerry Doby

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Meet Fiery Ukuleleist Taimane

Taimane - WorldFest Grass Valley CA - Photo Anthony Thoen

Taimane – WorldFest Grass Valley CA – Photo Anthony Thoen

I don’t get many musical surprises anymore however Hawaiian Flamenco Ukulele Virtuoso, Taimane, is one of them. Likened to Rodrigo y Gabriela meets Jake Shimabukuro meets Lana Del Rey, Taimane, is gracing stages all across the globe with her fiery and unique style of playing. During this year’s SXSW Music Festival she’s rocking four stages! Her latest album Elemental is an exciting experience and for those of us who underestimated the Ukulele this is a journey I had to share.

Ahead of her SXSW 2019 appearances, we got Taimane to weigh in on a few things:

From the outside looking in, who is Taimane?

Taimane is a sexy ukulele maestro from Hawaii. 😜

What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?

I belong on stage. It’s where I’m most comfortable and feel like I’m following my purpose in life. I love sharing my passion with others.

What do you want people to get from your music?

The ukulele is not just a souvenir from Hawaii. It’s a serious instrument that can play anything you want to express. My musical inspirations come from nature and images in my head. I hope you can hear my musical imagery conveying different stories.

Tell us about your current project.

At the moment I’m touring all over the world. I just came back from Israel and Egypt and am literally on the road for SXSW in Austin Texas. Touring is a different animal than writing but later this year I’ll take time off to become an introvert, and write the next project.

For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?

“Fire” 🔥 from my latest album “Elemental”.

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…

I enjoy good food and drinks at my favorite, and new restaurants. I spend time with close friends and connect. I like to stay home, cook meals and just CHILL. Life on the road is crazy so being home by myself balances me.

Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…

I was on tour In Nashville and was staying at a fan’s very big ranch house in the middle of nowhere. He has the same name as my manager’s. I got a text from my manager asking how the house was. I told him it was creepy AF. It was actually the fan (the owner of the house) asking. Needless to say, I don’t think he’ll invite us again to stay at his house. 


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