“One of the most complete uke players in the world today” Kamuke Magazine #2 (2011)
Ukulelezaza is a favorite in the European ukulele community and has been at the forefront of the ukulele revival for over ten years. His gentle touch, right hand wizardry and tasteful arrangements have inspired, and continue to inspire, ukulele players worldwide.
Ukulelezaza (real name Remco Houtman-Janssen, born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 1973) started playing ukulele at age 11. His mother actively organized George Formby fanclub meetings and sang and played ukulele and uke-banjo in several bands. Remco lost interest in the uke during his teens but rekindled that interest in 1994, after strumming a few chords on the the banjolele that he had always kept. He has been playing passionately ever since.
One of Europe’s finest
From the mid-1990s onwards Remco played in Hawaiian bands and attended many ukulele events in the UK, forming the basis of his unique style of playing. In 2006 he started a Youtube channel, his first outing as Ukulelezaza, which at the moment has over 3500 subscribers and a total of 1.3 million views. Nowadays, when performing solo, Zaza mostly plays 1920s/30s music and original instrumentals using a variety of vintage ukuleles. His gentle touch and overall right hand mastery rank him amongst Europe’s finest ukulele players. He’s featured at ukulele festivals throughout the world. Zaza is also the co-founder and organizer of the Belgian Ukulele Festival, which had its first edition in 2007 and became the inspiration and blueprint for the major European ukulele festivals today.
Bag of tricks second to none
Zaza is an experienced ukulele teacher for all levels with a bag of tricks second to none. His workshops are a highlight for many aspiring and experienced players alike. He published four tablature books with his own ukulele solo arrangements of famous and more obscure songs from the Golden Jazz Era. Hundreds of people throughout the world play his arrangements, many of which found their way to Youtube. Each book also features information about and plenty of photographs of the ukuleles he passionately collects. Zaza also released two solo albums on which he plays ukulele, plectrum banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin and lapsteel guitar.