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A small guitar with four strings of Portuguese origin. It became popular in the South Pacific islands and by the early 1900's was a staple in many of these cultures including Hawaii. Because the ukelele was portable, small, and light, cheap, easily played and simply tuned, it became a popular instrument in the United States for accompanying folk songs after World War I.


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[Hawaiian] ukulele


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