The History of the ‘Jumping Flea’: The Ukulele

Contrary to the popular misconception that the ukulele originated from Hawaii, it actually originated from Madeira, a little island in the Atlantic southeast of Portugal and around a 350-miles swim from the shores of North Africa. “Ukulele” translated means ‘jumping flea’. One of the stories on how the four-stringed instrument got its name is that […]