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A Girl and Her Ukulele

We’re thrilled to have an exceptionally talented singer-songwriter-musician on our team of curious experts at The Curiosity Workshop. Her name is Samantha (Stollenwerck-Runkel) and she’s a California girl living in Germany.

Her music style? California-surf-meets-every-corner-of-the-globe music. Chilled, groovy and brilliant. Needless to say, we’re huge fans. We love that she lives for music, is smart, kind, and oh yes, curious.

Read more about Samantha in her own words below. And don’t miss her ukulele starter kit, why she thinks everyone should have a ukulele, and a video that promises to get you playing in less than five minutes.

When I decided to leave my music career in Los Angeles and take a trip around the world, it could have been where life began again. I’d spent the last 15 years recording albums, touring with artists like Ziggy Marley and the Dave Matthews Band and writing music for film and television. But I was curious about other cultures and musics outside of my American pop sensibilities.

I did what any normal person would do: sold my car and guitars, packed a backpack and booked a one-way ticket to Brazil. I became a student of the world. On my travels I started recording the music I was hearing (and writing) in the various cultures I visited. Playing drums with ex-poachers in Uganda, hearing Siberian tribes imitate seagulls in their traditional songs and waking to the muezzin call to prayer in Kurdistan, I started to connect the dots. With music, you don’t need to speak the same language to understand each other.

For more of Samantha’s fascinating story, go here. For all the reasons everyone should play the ukulele (including the fact it’s good for your brain), go here. To hear her play, go here. And for her not-to-be-missed ukulele starter kit, go here.


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