Cairns Ukulele Festival announces world record song


An upbeat latin / reggae style song by one of Australia’s most multi-talented and busy musicians, Melbournian Nicky Bomba, called Travellin’, has been chosen as the song that will be played during this year’s Cairns Ukulele Festival world record attempt.

Nicky Bomba, who has visited the north many times with his reggae band Bomba, and most recently as a drummer for John Butler, will conduct and sing the song during the proceedings in Fogarty Park on Saturday July 7th.  Free ‘learn to play’ workshops are planned in the lead up to the festival and at Fogarty Park on the day of the attempt.

“Although the bar has been raised last year by a town in Sweden and we now really have a challenge on our hands, we’re doing it again! The experience of so many people making music together and getting together for a common goal is just so good; it’s almost addictive! Many people told me it’s one of the most memorable things they have ever been part of”, festival organiser Gaby Thomasz said. “If everyone that was there last year brings along a friend, we have a chance of breaking the record”.

There is an instructional video on the festival web site with Nicky Bomba teaching people how to play and strum the song as well as the song sheet with chords and lyrics. 

What’s more, Nicky has been working on a video clip for this song, and it is nearing completion. He has filmed himself playing ukulele and singing this song around the world, and the final shots for the video will be filmed at the festival! 

The attempt is part of the Lanikai Ukulele Day, a day full of free entertainment by ukulele clubs, schools, and festival artists, held in Fogarty Park. Each year thousands make their way to this event, and the organisers in particular encourage families to come along, have a picnic, make and enjoy music.
For more information, videos, song sheets and pre-registration, please follow this link.

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