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One-man band uses 8 instruments for a perfect Bob Marley cover

You've never seen or heard the Bob Marley classic 'Three Little Birds' quite like this.


Fernando Alfonso III

Internet Culture

Posted on May 9, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 9:13 pm CDT

What took Bob Marley and a full band to accomplish, Steve-san Onotera (who goes by the handle samuraiguitarist) was able to do all on his own.

A new video from Onotera shows him performing the Marley hit Three Little Birds using three ukuleles, a snare drum, tambourine, organ, bass, and harmonica. 

“Making this was by far the hardest thing I have ever done musically,” Onotera wrote in the video’s description. “My brain hurts.”

In December, Onotera performed a rendition of Blue Öyster Cult’s 1976 hit “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” using only iPads.

Check out Onotera’s rendition of Three Little Birds below.

Screengrab via Samuraiguitarist/YouTube

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*First Published: May 9, 2015, 12:37 pm CDT