Oki-Hawaii Crossbreed March 11, 2010Posted by Elisa Hough in Music.
Tags: Hawaii, musical instrument hybrid, sanlele, sanshin, Sanshin Day, ukulele
I mentioned before going to the Sanshin Day concert last week — but I only just learned that it’s celebrated on March 4 because it stands for the third month (san) and the fourth day (shi). Clever!
There was a vendor at the event selling a hybrid instrument called the sanlele, a sanshin-ukulele combo. As far as I can tell from their website, which Google translates into English pretty haphazardly, Sanlele Okinawa has produced the hybrid exclusively since 2004.
It has the wooden body of a ukulele, though rounded off, and only three strings like a sanshin, tuned in the traditional Ryukyuan pentatonic scale. It has a pretty nice sound, don’t you think?