Kalima, Jesse

Jesse Kalima


Born in Honolulu, Jesse Kalima learned to sing from his mother and play the ukulele as a child. At the age of 15 he first appeared as a soloist. He was one of the first to play a tenor ukulele with linear tuning. He is also credited with introducing chord-melody to the ukulele. In 1938 he founded the Kalima Brothers Band. Their arrangement of Stars and Stripes Forever gained much fame.


Stars And Stripes Forever

Gone with the Wind

Uluwehi O Kaala

Kila Kila Moanalua



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  • Marxer, Marcy: “Gods of Uke: Jesse Kalima”. In: Gods of Uke: Jesse Kalima (7.4.2016) </panel> </accordion> </col> </grid>