When you speak of the ukulele, it will evoke an image of coconut trees, salty air, and crystalline sea on a bright sunny day while someone dances the Hula.
This small and guitar-like Hawaiian lute has become a novelty instrument.
However, some talented ukulele enthusiasts are slowly changing the reputation of this plucked string instrument.
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They strongly believe that beyond this cute little fella is a rockstar. And joining the ranks of avid ukulele artists who are reinventing the instrument is Overdriver Duo.
This Brazilian couple takes the internet by storm every time they upload their ukulele version of their favorite songs which they call Overstyle.
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In a video they uploaded on their YouTube account, they choose to perform one of Dire Straits’ greatest hits “Sultans of Swing.”
“Sultans of Swing” is one of the greatest songs ever written by Mark Knopfler, the singer-songwriter and lead guitarist of the band.
Knopfler had written it in 1977, after setting foot in a deserted pub one rainy night and witnessing a lousy jazz band.
Despite the lack of both talent and listeners, the lead singer remained undeterred and finished the set with a mildly enthusiastic, “Goodnight and thank you. We are the Sultans of Swing.”
This line and the whole situation made an impression on Knopfler. Even if he wasn’t satisfied with the band’s performance, at least he left the pub with the seed of an idea.
Inspired by watching a hopeless jazz combo in a deserted pub, a song about a struggling band has set Dire Straits on the way from dire straits to global stardom.
Conceived in 2014 by Evandro Tiburski and Fabi Terada, this talented duo makes another viral hit featuring their ukuleles.
Fabi controls the harmony while Evandro takes charge of the melody.
But that’s not all, aside from showing off their playing skills, this time Evandro also impresses us with his amazing vocals.
In contrast to Knopfler’s breathy tenor sound, Evandro’s voice is a raspy baritone that transforms their rendition into alternative rock. And together, they slay this performance.
And if bands need some strong chords to perfectly capture the taste of their music and pounding drums for the blasting impact, leave it to these accomplished players to turn their miniature instruments into a convincing alt-rock rhythm section.
They combine all those instruments inside their ukuleles and deliver a splendid performance that will definitely blow your mind.
No offense meant to the gorgeous Fabi, but Evandro really takes the spotlight in this cover and he is definitely killing it.
The main event of the performance is when Evandro shreds the famous guitar riff of the song without a drop of sweat.
He doesn’t leave any note unstrung as his ukulele belts that tricky guitar solo impressively.
Who would have thought that you can squeeze so much grip and power from a tiny wooden chordophone?
And their fans share the same thoughts as they applaud the duo for their amazing performance while they are left astounded after hearing such a unique cover they never knew they needed.
Such is the trademark of Overdriver Duo. They interpret songs that feature very challenging guitar riffs and solos with so much vibrance in their execution.
This duo’s ukulele solo acoustic cover has been viewed more than 10 million times now.
Their fans and random listeners alike are really ecstatic for this cover. And you can experience the same when you check out this video.
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