Go For Da Record: Ukulele Record Soon to Be Broken

Where else but Hawaii is the perfect place to gather hundreds of ukulele players all in one place? And better yet, why not break the Guiness World Record for Largest Ukulele Ensemble? World-renowned ukulele musician Jake Shimabukuro agrees, and that’s why he’s pledged to attend the Go For Da Record event in Waikiki, Honolulu. Go For Da Record aims to beat the current world record, which 851 people gathered in London in 2009 to set the current record.

The event is being organized by Music For Life Foundation.

Waikiki Shell on October 22, 2011.

Here’s the press release from Music For Life Foundation:
In their fundraiser attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ukulele ensemble, Hawaii non-profit group, Music For Life Foundation has received an endorsement and commitments of promotional assistance from the Oahu Visitors Bureau. Music For Life has also received further commitments of support from ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro. In addition to his earlier agreement to lead the ukulele ensemble, Shimabukuro will provide a 30-minute “warm-up” performance prior to the actual world record attempt. “GO FOR DA RECORD,” the ukulele world record attempt, is scheduled to occur on October 22, 2011 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii. The current record was set on June 20, 2009 in London, England with 851 participants. Along with goals of further emphasizing the global appeal of the ukulele and making music history in Hawaii, Music for Life  will donate more than half of the net proceeds to Rainbow For Japan Kids—a program that, with the help of corporate sponsors and volunteer organizations, identifies Japan earthquake and tsunami affected children and brings them, temporarily, to Hawaii for educational, learning and healing experiences. The remainder of the proceeds from the event will be used for the purchase of ukuleles and other musical “tools” to be donated to Hawaii’s schools. This record-breaking attempt in Hawaii will not merely be one of mass participation. Rather, each ukulele playing participant is required to play a common musical piece in unison with other participants. In addition, this single piece performance must be at least five minutes long to qualify and be considered a Guinness world’s record. The musical piece for use in the record attempt will be newly composed by Shimabukuro. “This will be a great event to bring people of all ages together to celebrate the joy of ukulele playing. I’m also thrilled to see that Music For Life will be donating proceeds to help Japan,” says Shimabukuro. A $10.00 player participant fee will include an exclusive commemorative participant cap or visor and a certificate of participation. Admission is free for non-playing audience and viewers with a suggestion of a monetary donation.

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