"While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)"
instrumental music cover by Jake Shimabukuro and Jason Tom
featuring TEDx Talks by Hawaii presenters (published on March 5, 2012)
Jason Tom and Jake Shimabukuro, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006
Jason Tom, Jake Shimabukuro, and Andrew Jim in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011
Jake Shimabukuro is on a mission to revolutionize the world's perception of the ukulele. Starting out at a local coffee shop in Hawai‘i, Shimabukuro has swept onto the international stage, touring and recording with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck, and Cyndi Lauper. His unique rendition of George Harrison's, While My Guitar Gently Weeps has received over 9 million downloads on YouTube. Shimabukuro believes, "If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place." Jake has electrified audiences at TED2010, TEDxSanDiego, TEDxTokyo, and TEDxHongKong.
Based in the Honolulu Arts District of Chinatown, Jason is the founder of the Human Beatbox Academy. He is a human drum machine who fuses musical genres, movement, dance, improvisation, vocally replicates a drum kit, drum machine, percussion, acoustic and electric bass, didgeridoo, ipu, pahu, synthesizer sounds, and more. Hawai‘i's Human Beatbox offers outreach and weekly classes to the youth and local community that teaches the foundation, history, background, beats, and techniques in the art of vocal percussion at the ArtSmith.