David Chen Workshop

2016 Sentosa Ukulele Festival






Join Daniel Ho at UKULELE MOVEMENT this 1st May as he conducts a ukulele masterclass where he will impart valuable tips and techniques on how to play one of his composition–‘Pineapple Mango’.

In this workshop, Daniel will show you the many embellishments you can apply to just three chords (G, C, and D)–from simple strums to playing bass and percussion parts on the 'ukulele all at once! You'll never be able to approach jam sessions the same way after you gain a better understanding of these compositional elements and techniques.

Daniel will go over:
* How to produce a rich and full tone with your right hand
* Efficient left hand technique
* Emphasizing melodies within strum patterns
* Techniques such as fingerstyle, hammer-ons, and harmonics
* Compositional elements that help accentuate music

Daniel Ho is an accomplished composer, guitarist, ukulele player and 6-time GRAMMY Award Winner. He is in Singapore to perform at the 2nd Sentosa Ukulele Festival 2015.

Date: Friday 1 May 2015 (Public Holiday)
Time: 11:00am – 12:45pm
Venue: UM Cafe @ 178 Race Course Road Singapore 218608
Fee: S$65 w/GST (includes a free drink and one free Polani CD Album–Best Hawaiian Music Album Nominee)

Only 16 tickets available. Sign up now!

*Suitable for ukulele players of intermediate to advanced level

Terms & conditions
• All bookings are final
• Bookings are not refundable but transferable
• Fee includes any drink available at UM Cafe, to be redeemed on the same day
• CD Album cannot be exchanged



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 Sunset Uke Acoustic Set with Wan 

10 Jan 2015, Saturday
6:30pm - 7:30pm
UM Cafe Outdoor Deck 
Free admission

Wan is a self-taught singer-songwriter who plays the guitar and ukulele. His infectious laughter and happy-go-lucky personality bring smiles to everyone's faces when he performs. Inspired by Jason Mraz, Bruno Mars, Jack Johnson and many other musicians, Wan's style is relaxed, soothing but fun, with an added twist, especially with his popular covers and originals that you can't help but tap your feet to. His choice of weapon is his ukulele which landed him countless gigs in his short 2-3 years musical career.

Join us for a sunset acoustic set with Wan and his ukulele at our new cafe at 178 Race Course Road. Performance will be moved indoors if it rains. 

See here for directions.

The Cathay’s Ukulele Party 2014

In partnership with Ukulele Movement
8th November 2014 (free admission)

4:00pm – 8:30pm

Organised by The Cathay, in partnership with Ukulele Movement, this Ukulele Party is for all lovers of this tiny instrument and more!

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (from 4pm onwards)

• Uke GOT TALENT IX by Ukulele Movement - see details below

• Performance by Sheares Band

sheares band

Sheares Band is a group of fun-loving musicians who just simply love to create and make music. Made up of musicians from Sheares Hall in NUS with all kinds of musical backgrounds, there is always something for everyone to enjoy, ranging from acoustic performances to full on rock concerts. Sheares Band has performed at several events, with notable performances such as Flipside 2012 at the Esplanade, and Colossal Concert at the Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore. In 2013, Sheares Band returned to Hard Rock Hotel for the second time, performing in the IHG After Party at the Coliseum.


• Performance by Carla & Erwin

carla & erwin

CARLA & ERWIN are often mistaken for a couple. To make it more confusing, they are so close they share their mothers from time to time. Since graduating together from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Acting programme, they can never get rid of each other. As actors, they were last seen performing together on screen in The Kitchen Musical aired here on AXN and around the world. Respectively, they spend most of time either in the theatre, radio station, in front of the camera or looking for something new. They are always up for a challenge, very comfortable with themselves and are never shy. Erwin has only started playing the ukulele over a year ago and the both of them have made singing part of their career. Performing on stage for the first time since their graduation show (3 years ago), this spunky duo hopes to entertain you with a bit of banter and songs filled with love.


• Performance and Jam Session by Ukes Avenue

Ukes Avenue is a 3-piece ukulele band, formed by members Muhammed Ridhwan (vocals/ukulele), Alan Soo (ukulele/bass), and Robert John–RJ (ukulele/percussion) who met at UKULELE MOVEMENT. The fun-loving, ukulele-crazy bunch enjoys giving different genres of music a fresh approach by performing them on the traditional Hawaiian ukulele. Their repertoire includes pop, rock, evergreen, oldies, motown, ballads, jazz, bossa nova and more. 

Bring along your ukuleles and join us for a ukulele jam led by the trio. Songsheets will be projected on screen and also available for download soon. 



• Ukulele performance by Kalei Gamiao (


Kalei Gamiao (HAWAII) is one of the rising stars in the ukulele world today. His musical journey began at the at the age of 13 when Kalei suffered a sport injury to his left arm. Unable to play sports for an entire year, Kalei soon began to search for something to keep him busy while he recovered. After a few months of searching, Kalei’s parents saw an ad in the local newspaper for ukulele lessons. Kalei decided to give it a try and has been passionate about the ukulele ever since he strummed his first chord. In 2008 Kalei’s dream of releasing a CD became a reality. From musical styles ranging from jazz, rock, pop, classical, blues, flamenco, and funk, Kalei showcases his passion for music through this simple four-stringed instrument. Since his debut album, Kalei has toured the United States, Japan, Thailand, and has also opened up for world famous entertainer Bill Cosby. In Kalei, you will experience the passion that radiates within this young man. “I believe that music brings people together despite their differences. Music has the power to inspire, heal, and create peace. Music is meant to be shared with others. Music is the universal language and I am just a messenger.” And when you speak to this soft-spoken young man with eyes that reflect the joy of music, you know it comes from his heart.



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Uke Got Talent


Uke GOT TALENT IX - ukulele open-mic

We hear you… ukulele players are a peace-loving, friendly and non-competitive bunch. Let’s forget about the contest and bring back the good ol’ Uke GOT TALENT open-mic where amateur musicians (read: “don’t judge me”) rule the stage to share their love for the understated four-stringed instrument. The ninth instalment of this ukulele open-mic will be held at The Cathay’s Ukulele Party (TCUP) on 8 Nov 2014 at the external atrium of The Cathay. Audience attendance is free and open to public, pre-registration is required if you wish to perform at the open-mic. 

Date: 8 Nov 2014

Time: TCUP event from 4pm – 8:30pm, UGT IX Open-mic from 4pm-5:35pm

Venue: The Cathay external atrium, 2 Handy Road.


How to register to play at the open-mic
Registration is free and open till 31 Oct 2014 subject to available spaces. Simply email along with your particulars:

  1. Full name (for solo) and band name if any (for group)
  2. Main contact name, mobile, and email address
  3. Song title and original artiste name

*You might be required to send in a video for shortlisting if there are more registered participants than the available performance slots.


  • Each participant’s/group’s performance will be limited to 5 minutes on stage (either 1 or 2 songs depending on length of song/s).
  • There is no restriction of language of songs as long as it does not contain vulgarity, religious or political messages.
  • There must be at least 1 ukulele player in the performance.
  • Performance time will be between 4pm - 5:35pm, subject to scheduling by UM. Performers will be notified of their call time and are required to arrive at least 45 minutes before their set.
  • There will be photography and videography during the event and UM and The Cathay reserve the right to use the photos and videos for marketing purposes on either party’s website, social media pages or other channels where required.

More info on The Cathay’s Ukulele Party (TCUP)

Get updates on UGT IX on our facebook events page.



Ukulele Fun Camp on Cruise

All aboard! Ukulele Fun Camp on board Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas.

Join the team from UKULELE MOVEMENT this December for a fun-filled ukulelecruise on board Royal Caribbean's Mariner Wan & RJof the Seas. Our very own UM Instructor and artistes–RJ & Wan–will be conducting a beginners' ukulele workshop followed by a jam (complimentary for two participants with every cabin reservation). For those of you who are planning to sign up for a ukulele workshop with us, you may want to consider this holiday package. Learn the basics of playing the ukulele while on a luxury cruise!

Chill out on deck under the starry night and enjoy a mini ukulele concert by our ukulele duo. Stay till the end of the concert for the Lucky Draw and stand a chance win attractive prizes.

This is a 3 night weekend cruise sailing to KL (Port Klang) departing Singapore on 19 Dec 2014, returning 21 Dec 2014. Prices start from $598 (special price only when booked through UKULELE MOVEMENT). You won't find this price anywhere else for this sail date. Prices are set to increase after 7 Oct. Please book your tickets now. 

Cruise price does not include a ukulele. You can either bring your own or buy one Makala Dolphin with tuner at a special cruise price of $58 including GST (only when you sign up for the cruise, limited to two per cabin) from UM Loft. To attend the workshop, a uke is a must. No loan sets will be provided on board.

More info on ship facilities: click here

Booking forms: click here

Sign up in person at UM Loft, or download the forms, fill in your
details and scan or send a pic via email to:




Sentosa Ukulele Festival 20142014 Sentosa Ukulele Festival

This is Singapore's first-ever ukulele festival on Palawan Beach in Sentosa! Free performances by world-class ukulele players. Bring your ukulele and join us for a jam, or purchase one from us at the festival at special festival prices. There will also be accessories, books and merchandise for sale too.

Make a date with us on Saturday 3 May 2014. Free entry to the festival and performances. This is a rain or shine event. Island admission and car park charges apply.

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James Hill Choice Cuts of Chord Workshop

UKULELE MOVEMENT presents an intermediate/advanced workshop by James Hill. "Choice Cuts of Chords" aims to demystify the complexities of chords–knowing your chords inside out, knowing each note in your chords on a 'first-name basis'. This workshop (taught by a vegetarian, no less) teaches you to see chords the way a butcher sees a cow: you gotta know the choice cuts. Sound weird and esoteric? It is! But once you get the hang of it you'll use it every single day of your life.

Workshop date: Thursday 1 May 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: UM Loft at UKULELE MOVEMENT [map]
Fee: S$30 per person (Limited seats available)
Limited tickets available at UM Loft, no reservation.

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The Ukulele Girls' Debut Album Launch @ UM Loft
Saturday 1 March 2014, 4:00pm
Free admission

You're invited to an intimate afternoon with The Ukulele Girls at UKULELE MOVEMENT´╗┐. They will be recounting their fond memories with Ukulele Movement and serenading you with songs from their debut album "Love on the Equator", this will be followed by a signing and photograph session.

Bring your friends and family along and get inspired by this charming ukulele duo. Facebook event link here

P/S: They will be having their main event at Esplanade Concourse on 22 & 23 Feb 2014. Details here 



Date: 8 September 2013 (Sunday)

Time: 6pm - 8pm (free admission)

Venue: Hood bar & cafe @ Bugis+, #05-07 (Previously known as Illuma, opposite Bugis Junction)

Join us for the long-awaited 8th instalment of the ukulele open-mic series organised by UM. Uke GOT TALENT is a showcase of budding ukulele players who play the ukulele for leisure. It is both a platform to showcase ukulele talents and a meet-up for ukulele enthusiasts or anyone who is just curious about the ukulele.

Ukulele groove

Join us this Friday (Vesak Day) 24 May for Ukulele Groove where music meets food at Merlion Plaza on Sentosa Island. Some highlights include Jack & Rai, Ukes Avenue (from UM), and an opportunity to go on stage to play!

This event is brought to you by Sentosa. More details on the event is available at Sentosa website.

Usual Sentosa admission charges apply. For directions to Sentosa click here.