Petty Booka is a Japanese musical group that consists of two women, Petty and Booka, who sing and play ukulele. Most of the band's early output consisted of cover versions of Hawaiian ukulele classics. The two also do many covers of well-known rock songs. Petty Booka is part of Sister Benten Online, a record company run by Audrey "Benten" Kimura. The band is based in Japan, and has made tours of Europe and North America. In 1997, the original Petty left the duo, and a new Petty filled her spot. In November 2002, the original Booka also left to take care of her baby and was replaced by Candy Eyeslugger's Maiko. The current "Petty" and "Booka" hail from Chiba and Saitama, Japan.
Links To Peel
Peel seemed to have discovered the group's 1995 debut album in the summer of 1997 and played a few tracks from their CD, including covers of Doris Day and Culture Club in ukulele style on his shows. There doesn't seem to be much evidence according to playlists that Peel played later albums from the duo.
- 08 July 1997: Karma Chameleon (album - Toconut's Hawaii) Benten Label
- 17 July 1997 (BBC World Service): Karma Chameleon (CD Album - Toconut's Hawaii) Benten Label
- 24 July 1997: Que Sera Sera (CD Album - Toconut's Hawaii) Benten Label