MANUEL NUNES … THE UKULELE INVENTOR

The archipelago of Madeira, a unique harbour, of arrivals and departures in the Atlantic Ocean, has been, throughout Portuguese history, one of the national territories most strongly marked by the phenomenon of emigration. Impelled by the design of a better life, coined to the needs of labor by the foreign market, the Madeirans are scattered around the four corners of the world. (…)
The Emigration and the Madeiran Cultural Contribution, the Portuguese emigration to Havai, the North American archipelago “began with the first group of 120 Madeirans who arrived there on September 29, 1878, aboard the ship Priscilla, responding to a growing demand for hand labor for the sugar plantations. After this first shipment, thousands of Madeirans followed their dream of a better life in what they called the “Newfoundland.” By far the largest group of Portuguese came from Madeira and thus constituted the main body of the ancestors of the Portuguese community. ” Manuel Nunes (1843-1922), a carpenter and manufacturer, is considered the official inventor of the ukulele, a famous Hawaiian musical instrument. An inescapable figure in the history of Madeira emigration in the twilight of the 18th century. XIX, Manuel Nunes, has become one of the most important manufacturers of ukuleles and his unequaled labor has been in the market for more than four decades, many of his handmade instruments have a label where you can read “M. Nunes, Inventor of the Ukulele and Taro Patch Fiddles in Honolulu in 1879. ” L P
Source: Daniel BASTOS / April 5, 2018 LusoPresse Page 8

Published on 5 April, 2018