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Bill Sevesi's Dream Television (Full Length) – 2011 Documentary Music

Bill Sevesi's Dream

Television (Full Length) – 2011 Documentary Music

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This Artsville TV documentary plucks its way through a Kiwi-focused history of the ukulele, from Waikiki to Wellington, using the dream of “godfather of Polynesian music” Bill Sevesi as its starting point: namely “that the children would be playing the ukulele all over the country.” Presenter Gemma Gracewood (of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra) reveals the instrument’s Pacific adoption and burgeoning popularity, and meets acolytes of ‘the uke’: from Herman Pi’ikea Clark to Jennifer Ward-Lealand, to Sevesi strumming with onetime pupil Sione Aleki.

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Gemma Gracewood

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Gayle Hogan

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Ying Ly

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I figure if you stick with something long enough eventually it comes into fashion ... but I didn't expect to be proved right on the ukulele front.
– Graeme Cairns, McGillicuddy Serious Party founder and Big Muffin Serious Band player