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 Manuel Nunes

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Manuel Nunes

Birth
Santa Maria Maior, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region, Portugal
Death
9 Jul 1922 (aged 79)
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Memorial ID
55856212 View Source

Co-inventor of the ukulele.

Along with Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santo were the very first ukulele luthiers. Santo was making instruments in Honolulu by the mid-1880s. He operated out of a variety of downtown locations, and was the first of the three original makers to specifically advertise the sale of "ukuleles" in 1898. Nobody knows definitively who made the first "ukulele" but nearly everybody agrees that Nunes, Santo, and Dias all played a role in the transformation of the Madeiran machete to the Hawaiian ukulele. Although Dias and Santo did not stay in the business as long as Nunes, all three were responsible for providing the instruments that allowed early musicians to establish the popularity of the ukulele in Hawaii in the late 1800s.

Co-inventor of the ukulele.

Along with Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and Jose do Espirito Santo were the very first ukulele luthiers. Santo was making instruments in Honolulu by the mid-1880s. He operated out of a variety of downtown locations, and was the first of the three original makers to specifically advertise the sale of "ukuleles" in 1898. Nobody knows definitively who made the first "ukulele" but nearly everybody agrees that Nunes, Santo, and Dias all played a role in the transformation of the Madeiran machete to the Hawaiian ukulele. Although Dias and Santo did not stay in the business as long as Nunes, all three were responsible for providing the instruments that allowed early musicians to establish the popularity of the ukulele in Hawaii in the late 1800s.


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