When I arrived at Vinyl on Vinyl for final set-up on the Thursday of the HERAKUT exhibit opening, both Hera and Akut were donning brand new “UKU LELE” t-shirts designed in the style of “RUN DMC.” Big smiles on their faces. Turns out that they had invited the neighbors over for some impromptu jamming in the exhibit. “We will shoot a video of them playing here in front of our paintings,” Akut told me. Once we had wrapped up most of the set-up work, we called over Ukulele Philippines’ Pao Gumba & Sanlie Labadia, Akut and I hit “record” on our cameras, and the boys began to play. Here’s what happened:
I really enjoyed the songs that the duo played for us. The whole thing was very Breaking Bad.
After the two finished playing as a duo, the small audience of Fully Booked, Vinyl on Vinyl, and HoneycombCommunities staff called for “one more!” At which they then graciously said that they’d play TWO more songs: solos numbers. As they played, an inspired Hera took to painting a quick, 10-foot mural on the gallery wall, mere moments before the doors were opened to the public. For those of you who made it to the Vinyl on Vinyl exhibit, this is the story behind the ukulele player that was prominently featured on the wall.
Thanks, Ukulele Philippines! And to Pao Gumba & Sanlie Labadia, you two are the masters! www.facebook.com/ukephilippines
Timelapse photography shot with GoPro Hero Black Edition. www.facebook.com/gopro.ph
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