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Ryukyu Standard

ATSUKO HIYAJO & YUKO SATO

Ryukyu Standard

Ref: FSD6981


Price: 19.99

Relaxing piano and vocal renditions of Okinawan famous lullabies.

1. Itta Anma Makaiga 2. Umaku Kamade 3. Tsuki Nu Kaisha 4. Jin Jin 5. Akata Sundunchi 6. Tinsagu Nu Hana 7. Asadoya Yunta 8. Musume Jintoyo 9. Chinnuku Jusii 10. Shimajima Kaisha


Downtown Parade

MALTESE ROCK

Downtown Parade

Ref: FSD6910


Price: 14.99

New album from one of Okinawa's more eclectic bands. Blues, rock, gypsy, Japanese chindon and Okinawan music perfomed in a kind of Tom Waits meets the Pogues spirit. The band were formed by Morito back in 1997 and have been playing in and around Naha mostly ever since.

1. Dynamite Peace 2. Ishin Denshin 3. Sono Soro 4. Garasuno Kutsuwo Hakunoha Dare? 5 Diamond Ni Mekki Hanaikara 6. Lethe Gawa 7. Monkey Restaurant 8. Rendezvous 9. Downtown Parade 10. Ainouta


Gekkabinjinsa!

Ryuchim Band

Gekkabinjinsa!

Ref: FSD6883


Price: 18.99

Fifth album from RyuChim Band, (also known as Ryukyu Chimdon Band) who began life in 2003. Combining sanshin, taiko drums and Okinawan music with pop, and other styles in a big sound featuring among other instruments saxophone, guitar, bass, drums and chindon drum. Includes female vocalist Belsachi who was in the duo Tink Tink, a protoge of Rinken Teruya. Fun and entertaining. Watch a video of the title track.

1. Shiawase no Tobira 2. Tabidachi no Uta 3. Mai Mai Typhoon 4. Gekkabinjinsa! 5. Moremore de Paradise 6. Ryukyu We Shall Overcome 7. Tabidachi no Uta (Chinese version)

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Reborn

NENEZ

Reborn

Ref: FSD6884


Price: 22.99

This year, it's 25 years since the female quartet Nenes were formed. Produced by Sadao China and Kazuya Sahara, the Nenes of the early 1990s were one of the most glorious, inspiring sounds to ever come out of Okinawa. The winning formula consisted of charming female vocals, Sahara's canny production skills and China's songwriting, sanshin and stage presence. Along with Shoukichi Kina and Rinken Band, Nenes rode the crest of a new wave of Okinawan music both at home and abroad. After several reincarnations of varying quality this is the latest version. Now spelt Nenez, still produced by Sadao China, with four young singers (Misuzo Okiyama, Nagisa Uehara, Aoi Yomochi, Rie Motomura, average age 23) and performing some of Nenes' most popular songs as voted by their fans. Guests are Yukito Ara and Isamu Shimoji of Sakishima meeting, plus sanshin, ryukin (koto) from Sadao China and keyboards, guitar, drum and bass.

1. Akemodoro 2. Amerikadori 3. Umukaji 4. No Women no Cry 5. Sakishima no Theme 6. Heiwa no Ryuka 7. Bye Bye Okinawa 8. Tege 9. Sanga, Ima wa Toku 10. Kunigami Sabakui 11. Mayonoka no Driver 12. Kogane no Hana


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Hana Umui

KANAKO HORIUCHI

Hana Umui

Ref: FSD6882


Price: 14.99

There's been a surprising number of Japan/Africa collaborations over the years, and a few of them have featured Okinawan musicians. These have often been one off tracks on albums, but this is a genuine collaboration that works beautifully with Senegalese kora player and singer Falaye Sakho. Most of the songs are Okinawan, with others cleverly combining Okinawan and Senegalese tunes, where both sing and play their respective instruments. Recorded in Senegal, with some added balafon and djembe, this is a surprisiing and delightful album if a little short at 38 minutes.

1. Hamachidori 2. Tinsagu Nu Hana 3. Hana Umui -Yaboyae, Une Pensee de Fleur 4. Taara -Senegal Traditional 5. Umi Nu Chinbora 6. Senegal (Live Mix) 7. Galgankilaki Tanchame 8. Kaisare (Instrumental Mix)

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Coco-Musika II

COCO-MUSIKA

Coco-Musika II

Ref: FSD6518


Price: 24.99

Coco Musika is the instrumental duo of guitar player Jun Kajiwara and sanshin player Gerhen Oshima. Their music is inspired by music from Okinawa and Brasil, pop, rock, jazz and other styles. This is their second album and they are joined by Naomi Fuse from Bossa Nova duo, Naomi & Goro. Listen to samples of tracks.

1. Katabui - Sunny Side 2. You Will 3. Tsuki no Hama 4. A Letter From Cabo verde 5. Katabui - Rainy Side 6. Garota de Itoman 7. Sonho de Carnaval 8. Quiet Times 9. Ame nochi Hare (Special Bonus Track)



The Best

SAKISHIMA MEETING

The Best

Ref: FSD6338


Price: 26.99

Best of compilation of Sakishima Meeting, the duo of Miyako island's guitarist Isamu Shimoji, and Ishigaki island's singer and sanshin player Yukito Ara. Nice blend of styles and high quality songs from two of the best contemporary Okinawan musicians. Each has their own successful career solo career and this sounds like a fun project for both of them, a freedom and joy that shines through.



Tsuki nu Kaisha

LACORDE

Tsuki nu Kaisha

Ref: FSD6021


Price: 19.99

Beautiful album of sanshin and vocals (Kenichi Kawamura) accompanied by piano (Masato Higa). Kawamura is originally from Niigata, northwestern Japan, and sings this selection of mainly Okinawan traditional tunes in a very Okinawan style. 10 tracks including Tsuki nu Kaisha, Tonnaha, Tinsagu nu Hana, Bashofu and the children's song from northern Japan, Sunayama.



Coco - Musika

COCO-MUSIKA

Coco - Musika

Ref: FSD5948


Price: 23.99

Unit featuring sanshin player Geren Oshima, formelry of Tingara, and guitarist Jun Kashihara who used to play with Sadao Watanabe. Brazilian and other styles added to Okinawan flavoured songs.

1. O Samba do Coral 2. Kacharseeing Cats 3. Sabani ni Notte 4. Some Calm Place 5. Garota de Busena 6. Mack on the Hill 7. Hybrid Kacharsee 8. Shima no Komoriuta



Joya

YUKITO ARA & YUKO SATO

Joya

Ref: FSD5802


Price: 23.99

First solo album for eight years by Yukito Ara, best known as singer and sanshin with Parsha Club, togehther with Yuko Sato, a jazz pianist based in Okinawa. They perform various Okinawan folk songs, including some of Yukito Ara's own compositions that he recorded with Parsha Club, such as the opening track.

1. Famureuta 2. Manten no Hoshi 3. Tsuki nu Kaisha 4. Asadoya Bushi 5. Hamachidori 6. Ano Natsu no Hi 7. Agarousa 8. Nishinjo Bushi 9. Akayura no Hana


Sansanar

SANSANAR

Sansanar

Ref: FSD5656


Price: 17.99

Sansanar are the Okinawan female trio of Yurie, Asa and Miki. They play Okinawan pop with Yurie singing and playing sanshin with the other two dancing and singing. Produced by Parsha Club's Masaki Kamichi. High quality first mini-album.

1. Machikanti 2. Nachitida 3. Ijunu Hana 4. Nibui 5. Ubinadi 6. Machikanti 7. Machikanti (karaoke)



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Sansanar 2

SANSANAR

Sansanar 2

Ref: FSD5801


Price: 17.99

Second mini album from young neo Okinawan pop female trio, who released their first mini-album in February 2011. Produced by Masaaki Kamichi of Parsha Club and Kazunari Kamichi (Shakari). High quality Okinawan folk pop.

1. Mole Mole 2. Sun Sun Sansanar 3. Beach Paarii 4. Deeji Natan 5. Nmarijima 6. Taketomijima de Aimasho 7. Okinawa Minyo Medley (Tinsagu nu Hana, Akata Sundunchi, Asadoya Yunta, Hounen Ondo) 8. Mole Mole (Karaoke)


Biriken San

SHISAS

Biriken San

Ref: FSD5640


Price: 18.99

Following the untimely death of Yoshie Uno in 2009, Akemi Mochida (vocals and sanshin) is joined by new member Chiaki Hirasawa (vocals, sanshin, fue) and two musicians from Matahari Boys, Hiroki Narumi (hayashi backing vocals, cow herding voices and Masashi Suzuki (hayashi, cow herding, rappa). Guest musicians are Wataru Okuma (clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, percussion), Hiroshi Kawamura (Soul Flower Union-guitar, shimadaikio, hayashi), Karahara Ma (djembe) and Naoki Kumakura (shimadaiko, hayashi). Rather wonderful mini-album, up to the standards of previous Shisas albums, with inventive arrangements of Okinawan tunes. Biriken, by the way, is a statue of the god of happiness which was orginally created by an American artist and introduced into Japan in the early 1900s. It is believed that you can be happy if you scratch his feet.

1. Hounen nu Ayagu 2. Kawaigaranse 3. Kawaii Su-chan 4. Painanatsuboshi Yunta 5. Ushi Kyogen 6. Medetai Bushi


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Ukulele Okinawan Sweets Vol. 3

MORIKEN

Ukulele Okinawan Sweets Vol. 3

Ref: FSD5592


Price: 21.99

Wonderful album from the Okinawan ukulele duo with original tunes and Okinawan standards. As it says on the cover ' Happy Sounds on Uke x Peace Mind on Ryukyu Melody = Moriken.' Well, you get the picture.

1. Tachi Utwushi #1 2. Moriken on the Beach #1 (Good Morning, Baby) 3. Tanchame 4. Fuuyubemaa - Ryukyu Children Song 5. Musume Jintohyoh 6. Moriken on the Beach # 2 (Let's Go to Swim) 7. Hey! Niiseetah 8. Kaeri-Bune 9. Nariyama Ayagu 10. Moriken on the Beach #3 (Taking a Nap) 11. Jintoyoh Waltz 12. Medetai Bushi 13. Harimizu nu Kuichah 14. Moriken on the Beach #4 (Goodnite Sweetheart) 15. Tachi Utwushi #2



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Down Town Dance

MALTESE ROCK

Down Town Dance

Ref: FSD5461


Price: 21.99

Another release from the Off Note label, Okinawan group in similar mood to Tetsuhiro Daiku and other wonderful similar releases from the same stable, this one combining gruff vocals, with sax, trumpet, bass and a bit of sanshin in a kind of nostalgic style. Sounds like the Okinawan Tom Waits with a jazz band, the title track particularly brilliant. Nine tracks.



Looking South West

SHIMOBUKU RECORD

Looking South West

Ref: FSD4965


Price: 22.99

Shimobuku Rekodo are Begin's Masaru Shimabukuro and Isamu Shimoji, a sort of dream duo of Okinawan acoustic guitar singer/songwriters. Bluesy, folky, acoustic and electric guitars with drum, bass, piano accompaniment and some Okinawan style backing vocals. Includes a version of Like a Rolling Stone. 12 tracks.

1. Sakijima Mesen 2. Come Back Jerry!! 3. Shukai Okure no Runner 4. Vitamin I 5. Uchu no Kuuki 6. Like a Rolling Stone 7. Umi ni Kieta Rojin 8. Ashita no Kaze wa Ashita Fuku 9. Akican 10. Oyasumi no Uta 11. Shiawase no Shiwayose 12. Joto Steak



Agoo Road

ALL JAPAN GOITH

Agoo Road

Ref: FSD4868


Price: 22.99

All Japan Goith are an eight piece band from Okinawa, on various horns including trumpet, trombone and saxophone with a vocalist, guitarist and bassist. They play mostly well known Okinawan folk songs, plus pop and their own original songs in a ska, dub and reggae style.

1. Arigatosan 2. Haisai Ojisan - Crazy Kachasee 3. Flower Gutzman 4. Akata Sundunchi - Tinsagu nu Hana 5. The Days of Drink and Ska! - Sake to Ska no Hibi 6. Hanasaka Jiisan 7. Shimanchu nu Takara - Koishikute 8. Utage no Uta 9. Katate ni Sanshin o 10. Cecil 11. Koi no Dial 6700 12. Every 13. Otsukisama ga Warattera 14. Yume no Hana (remix)


Island Dreams

DRAGONFLY

Island Dreams

Ref: FSD4108


Price: 14.99

Dragonfly are Aiko Shimada (vocals and guitar) Elizabeth Falconer (koto) and Mako (sanshin, vocals and ukulele). On this album they play Okinawa, Japanese and Hawaiian traditional tunes. Interesting mix of instruments beautifully performed and superbly sung by Aiko and Mako. 13 tracks. Tinsagu nu Hana (Balsam Flowers), Pupu Hinuhinu (Shiny Shell Lullaby), Mahalo, Warabi Gami (Blessings from Heaven), Tsukinu Kaisha (Ocean Moon), Tanabata no Uta (Song of the Star Festival), Ku'u Pua I Paoakalani (My Flowers at Paoakalani), Migumi (One), When Pueo Flies, Akata Sundunchi (My Heart, My Home), Kojo no Tsuki (Moonlit Castle Reflections), Hatachi Miyarabi (Youthful Beauty), Dreaming-Yume.



Shu

NENES

Shu

Ref: FSD3757


Price: 25.99

Return to form for the female quartet Nenes. This quartet don't have the maturity of voice of the original version, but do a pretty good job on an album that has a big production and sound without the cheesy keyboards and 70s guitar solos that marred earlier efforts. Sixteen backing musicians play keyboards, sax, piano, bass, guitars and Okinawan instruments on a mixture of original Sadao China tunes, traditional Okinawan songs plus the Indonesian classic Bengawan Solo and a version of Coffee Rumba. Some are quite simple traditional arrangements, others more elaborate and overall a good mix. 14 tracks.



Utoashibi

TAKASHI HIRAYASU & CHUEI YOSHIKAWA

Utoashibi

Ref: FSD1601


Price: 26.99

Okinawa's Takashi Hirayasu has already proved himself a master musician in collaborating with musicians from around the world. These include on record, two acclaimed albums with American guitarist Bob Brozman, while in concert Hirayasu has played with musicians from Guinea, (West Africa), La Reuinion (Indian Ocean island), India, Cuba and elsewhere. Hirayasu's latest recording and live partner is one of Japan's finest acoustic guitar players Yoshikawa Chuei. Chuei adds a dazzling array of acoutic textures including National steel guitar, Dobro guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele to the Okinawan sanshin (3 stringed lute) of Hirayasu to perform some of Okinawa's best loved songs.



Golden Best (2 CDs)

NENES

Golden Best (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD2380


Price: 29.99

Double CD of 33 tracks taken from all the original Nenes CDs recorded for Sony. |ncludes some live tracks, and many of the original versions of their best known songs. Excellent value and a good retrospective CD of one of Okinawa's most important ever artists.



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Bloodline

SHOKICHI KINA

Bloodline

Ref: FSD001


Price: 21.99

Classic album recorded in Hawaii in 1980, together with Ry Cooder. Features the first version of the beautiful 'Hana', plus other landmark tunes including 'Jing Jing'.



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Shimajyu Shichigwachi - Rinken Band Eisa Special

RINKEN BAND

Shimajyu Shichigwachi - Rinken Band Eisa Special

Ref: FSD1728


Price: 25.99

Rinken Band re-record all their best known "Eisa" songs. So, there's plenty of drumming, and chants of "Haieeeya, Haieeeyah, Haieeeya Sah Sah". With just sanshin, drumming and vocals, and without the curse of the synthesizer on some of the originals, Rinken Band have never sounded better. Eisa is the summer festival in Okinawa, where dancers and drummers take to the streets, egged on by the incessant chant of the crowd. Uniquely Okinawan, vibrant, a living, evolving tradition, and this CD gives you a real taste.



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Uchina Warabeuta

TORU YONAHA

Uchina Warabeuta

Ref: FSD2725


Price: 26.99

Toru Yonaha is one of Okinawa's fast rising stars on the traditional music scene as a session player, producer and an artist in his own right. Following his kacharsee (dance) tunes album, this is an album of Warabeuta (children's songs and lullabies). Songs include old classics such as Ita Anma Makaiga, Tinsagu nu Hana, Akata Sundunchi and Chinukujushi and modern classics such as Warabi Gami. Mostly sung in female vocal unison by Mika Uchizato, Natsuki Nakamura and Ayano Uema. This album sometimes recalls early Nenes, but with a more simple instrumentation of sanshin, percussion, flute and piano. Excellent.

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Sangosho Best

TORU YONAHA, KATSUSHI ARAKAKI, KAZUNARI UECHI

Sangosho Best

Ref: FSD3101


Price: 24.99

The workaholic sanshin player Toru Yonaha is joined by Kazunari Uechi (ex-Rinken Band) producer and arranger Katsushi Arakaki on an album of instrumentals of famous tunes. Among the 16 tracks are Shimauta, Nada Sousou, Shimanchu Nu Takara, Hana, Warabigami, Haisai Ojisan, Asadoya Yunta, Irayoi Tsukihama, Heiwa No Ryuka, Bye Bye Okinawa, Juku No Haru, Arigato and Tinsagu Nu Hana.



Nagareboshi

RYUKYU CHIMDON GAKUDAN

Nagareboshi

Ref: FSD2856


Price: 22.99

Okinawan music and Japanese ching dong (street advertising music) have become strange but compatible bedfellows ever since Tetsuhiro Daiku and Soul Flower Mononoke Summit back in the mid 90s. Ten years on its still a winning formula and has even given rise to the name of a group. Mini CD of three Okinawan songs (+ karaoke version) including Asadoya Yunta are blended with Ryukyu pop. Also includes DVD with promotion video clips.



Sarabandge

SARABANDGE

Sarabandge

Ref: FSD1154


Price: 26.99

Okinawan Trance Music; the new project by the innovative Kenji Yano(Surf Champlers). Okinawan music for the new century.



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Okinawan Cafe Music - Old Okinawan Traditional Songs

THE SANSHIN CAFE ORCHESTRA

Okinawan Cafe Music - Old Okinawan Traditional Songs

Ref: FSD1603


Price: 26.99

Instrumental versions of Okinawan songs, played on sanshin and guitar with percussion, keyboards electronic sound effects and mouth organ, resulting in the first ever Okinawan meets country music on the song "Wild East".



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Champloo A Go Go

SURF CHAMPLERS

Champloo A Go Go

Ref: FSD986


Price: 26.99

The Surf Champlers is the second project by Kenji Yano who on this brilliant album mixes traditional standard Okinawan katcharsee tunes with surf music,also includes a stunning take on the James Bond Theme. Quite simply, a little piece of genius.



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Sons of Ailana

SACHIKO SHIMA & KENJI YANO

Sons of Ailana

Ref: FSD909


Price: 26.99

Wonderful mixture of Okinawan, Hawaiian and Caribbean music, featuring ukulele, sanshin and guitar.



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Ukulele Okinawan Sweets

MORIKEN

Ukulele Okinawan Sweets

Ref: FSD3154


Price: 19.99

Latest album from the very wonderful Kenji Yano (Surf Champlers, Sarabandge) on ukulele together with Morijiro Ishihara on acoustic guitar. Mostly laid back, relaxing music played beautifully. Tracks include Okinawan standards and famous tunes such as Hana, Haisai Ojisan, Shima Uta, Bashofu, Nada Sousou, Hiyamakachi Bushi and Asadoya Yunta. Should appeal equally to fans of Okinawan and Hawaiian music and one of the best albums that combines them both.



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Ukulele Okinawan Sweets 2

MORIKEN

Ukulele Okinawan Sweets 2

Ref: FSD3871


Price: 19.99

Moriken is the Okinawan ukulele duo of Kenji Yano (Surf Champlers, Sarabandge) and Morijiro Ishihara. They peform well known Okinawan tunes with some on a National Resonator concert ukulele. Laid back, Hawaiian feel to these Okinawan classics with the sound of the sea running underneath. 1. Opening Theme - Awabuku # 1 (on baritone) 2. Tsuki nu Kaisha 3. Tinsagu nu Hana 4. Nanta Hama 5. Moriken Swing # 1 (on baritone) 6. Shimajima Kaisha 7. Densaa Bushi 8. Yuuna no Hana 9. Moriken Swing # 2 10. Erabu Medley (Erabu Shunsami-Erabu Yuri no Hana - Erabu no Komoriuta) 11. Toushin Doi 12. Moriken Swing # 3 (on National Resonator Concert) 13. Closing Theme - Awabuki # 2 (on tenor)



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Rakuen no Niji

CHURAMANA

Rakuen no Niji

Ref: FSD3485


Price: 26.99

Mixture of Hawaiian and Okinawan songs, featuring singers Maki Uehara (also of Hawaiiana) and Makico Miyara plus Gerhen Oshima (also Tingara) and the omni-present Yuki Yamauchi. Second album 12 tracks including Aloha Oe, Pua Mae 'ole from Hawaii and Okinawan classics Hana and Asadoya Yunta.



Kotoba no Kawarini

SYAKARI

Kotoba no Kawarini

Ref: FSD3445


Price: 25.99

Re-release from 1999 from Syakari, the Okinawan pop group made up of female singer Chiaki (ex-Diamantes) ex-Rinken Band member Kazumari Uechi on sanshin and percussion and guitarist Masaru Kadekaru. 12 tracks.

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Kafu

SYAKURI

Kafu

Ref: FSD3446


Price: 25.99

Another re-release from the ex-Diamantes/Rinken Band duo plus guitarist. 12 tracks of Okinawan pop.

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Uta Asobi

YORIKO GANEKO with CHUEI YOSHIKAWA

Uta Asobi

Ref: FSD1716


Price: 26.99

Ganeko and Yoshikawa met each other at Ganeko's recording of 'Asobiyara Tururunten' in 1995. Ganeko joined Takashi Hirayasu and Yoshikawa's 'Oto Asobi' concert in Okinawa as a guest singer in 2001, singing 'Tinsagunu Hana' and 'Musume Jin-To-Yo' which are included on this album. Elsewhere, are other traditional repertoire, 'Onna Kubushi' 'Ikema Miyarabi', plus the Irish folk song, 'Danny Boy' covered in Okinawan dialect, and a Japanese cover version of 'Hard Times Come Again No More' written by Steven Foster and some children's songs. It adds up to two quite separate performances, those sung and played in a traditional way, and others, in a entirely Western manner. Seeing as Ganeko is one of Okinawa's best min'yo or folk singers these are the more successful.



Uta Asobi 2

YORIKO GANEKO with CHUEI YOSHIKAWA

Uta Asobi 2

Ref: FSD2434


Price: 26.99

The second album from the Okinawan female singer and Japanese acoustic guitarist. Singing in the traditional minyo style, Yoriko sounds great and the accompaniment of guitar and sanshin suits her voice perfectly. Trouble is, too often she switches to a rather saccharine sentimental pop style, negating in one ill advised stroke, the essence of the music and it's greatest appeal. Patchily good, occasionally infuriating.



Churauta

NENES

Churauta

Ref: FSD1724


Price: 26.99

The first release by the new Nenes, following the departure of all their former singers. The quartet this time are much younger. While the originals had already served their apprenticeship in the min'yo clubs, the new Nenes learnt by 'on the job' training in their own 'Shima Uta' bar. On this album they are accompanied by other young musicians, including Sadao China's son. The reggae and pop influences are still combined cleverly with more traditional elements, but at the moment the women's voice are nowhere near as evolved, or as beautiful, as the Nenes you might know. Nevertheless, it's a good start.

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Fukurasha-ya

TEAM KUKURU

Fukurasha-ya

Ref: FSD3094


Price: 24.99

A big hit locally in Okinawa and its easy to hear why. Team Kukuru are the two young female Okinawa pop duo, Kuyu and Eri, singing a mixture of Okinawan tunes (Jin Jin, Hana nu Kajimaya) Japanese (Mangetsu no Yube, Sukiyaki) and original tunes. Formed in 2004 they mainly perfom in Okinawa and in Osaka where Kuyu was born. Some songs arranged and produced by Kenji Yano (Surf Champlers) while Sachiko Shima writes some of the songs and plays sanshin. With Hawaiian and other global influences and strong melodies this is exactly what Okinawan pop should sound like. Bright and breezy.

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Tin Akari

COI-NA

Tin Akari

Ref: FSD3095


Price: 22.99

Shima uta pop trio, Coi-na are three singers who auditioned (and passed) for the new Nenes. One member dropped out afterwhich they changed their name to Coi-na in 2005 and now release their first mini-album. Six tracks including a version of Asadoya Yunta and Amazing Grace, which goes under the Okinawan name of Yunige e Unaikami nu Inori. Glossy Okinawa pop.

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Ta Hua Gu

SHISARS

Ta Hua Gu

Ref: FSD1600


Price: 25.99

From Japan, Shisars and their 'sister' group An-Chang Project, release albums only sporadically, but boy, are they worth waiting for. This latest offering from Shisars just about surpasses the lot in its boldness and radical treatment of traditional Okinawan and Japanese tunes. It all starts off ordinarily enough, with just sanshin (lute) the kokyu (fiddle) playing low and high drones with the trademark harmony voices of female singers Yoshie and Akemi gliding over the top. By the second tune, Mr Insuke, that kicks off with African sounding percussion and guitar picking, yet a distinct Asian melody and vocals that gradually speeds up to a wanton frenzy, any sense of ordinariness has long gone out the window. What follows ranges from more plaintive, simple ballads to an outrageous punk version of what was originally a sweet lullaby, more discordant fiddles, wailing clarinet from Cicala Mvta's Wataru Ohkuma and grunge like electric guitar. At just over 30 minutes, the CD is decidedly short but packs so much in it leaves you exhausted. (From fRoots magazine)



Kuwa No Shita De Biru

SHISARS

Kuwa No Shita De Biru

Ref: FSD981


Price: 25.99

Japanese female duo mixing traditional music with honking horns and grunge like guitar on a compelling album.



Yarayo Uta No Sahanji

YASUBA JUN AND AN-CHANG PROJECT

Yarayo Uta No Sahanji

Ref: FSD1059


Price: 25.99

Third member of Shisars, Jun Yasuba has created a brilliant album of harmony vocals, electric guitar and Okinawan traditional tunes. Wonderful.



Harararude

AN-CHANG PROJECT

Harararude

Ref: FSD2335a


Price: 25.99

Second album by fRoots cover artist. Okinawan/Pacific Island harmony vocals and songs, with electric guitar. Highly recommended.



3 LDK

BEGIN

3 LDK

Ref: FSD4986


Price: 24.99

First album for two years from the highly popular Ishigaki island trio. Catchy tunes on guitars, percussion, piano, with a bluesy, folky feel.

1. Egao no Manma (Begin with Ahona Stars) 2. Aishiteru 3. Panama-bon o Kabutte 4. Koza 5. Waratte Boku o Yurushite 6. Palaka 7. Stand by Me ga Kikoeru 8. Ashita no Asa Niwa 9. Higuremichi 10. Home Sick Blues 11. Ichari Baohana


Begin No Shima Uta

OMOTO TAKEO

Begin No Shima Uta

Ref: FSD1444


Price: 25.99

Album of 'shima uta', folk/pop versions of traditional and original compositions, by rather confusingly, the trio Begin who for this album have given themselves a new name. At it's best, delighful and irresistible, especially on the faster songs, ballads slightly less appealing.



People who bought this item also bought:
1. Golden Best (2 CDs) (Ref: FSD2380)
2. Begin No Shimauta-Omoto Takeo 2 (Ref: FSD1733)


Begin No Shimauta-Omoto Takeo 2

BEGIN

Begin No Shimauta-Omoto Takeo 2

Ref: FSD1733


Price: 25.99

The Ishigaki island trio write great pop songs. The fact they play the sanshin as well as guitar, have Okinawan style backing vocals, and whistle in that distinctive Okinawan way, makes them even better. The good time, happy sing-a-long songs on this album have more Okinawan flavours than usual and is superior to their volume 1 in this style. Hugely enjoyable.



People who bought this item also bought:
1. Okinawan Breeze - Shima Uta Best (Ref: FSD5445)
2. Golden Best (2 CDs) (Ref: FSD2380)
3. Begin No Shima Uta (Ref: FSD1444)


Ichigo Ichie

BEGIN

Ichigo Ichie

Ref: FSD2280


Price: 25.99

An album of songs mainly written originally for other artists, featuring their original four stringed instrument, a kind of cross between sanshin and guitar, called ichigo ichie. Includes new versions of their hit songs 'Shimanchu Nu Takara' 'Namida Sou Sou' and 'Koishiku Te'.



Begin Best 1990-2000

BEGIN

Begin Best 1990-2000

Ref: FSD1734


Price: 26.99

Mostly modern folk, without the Okinawan flavours. Nevertheless, good songs.



Ver.1.02

YUKITO ARA & PARSHA CLUB

Ver.1.02

Ref: FSD2157


Price: 26.99

Digitally remastered reissue of Ara Yukito and Parsha Club's first album originally released in 1995. Dubbed leaders of 'the new generation of Okinawan music' it now sounds more like a work in progress. Undoubted quality in the musicianship and good songs, but heavy drum and occasional over cheesy synthesizers make it sound a bit dated.

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Okinawa Paradise Radio

PARSHA CLUB

Okinawa Paradise Radio

Ref: FSD2160


Price: 25.99

Reissue of a low point in Parsha Club's career. Ill advised radio dj speaking in English over the music. At first just a bad joke that just gets progressively irritating.

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Nanafa

PARSHA CLUB

Nanafa

Ref: FSD2159


Price: 26.99

Digitally remastered reissue to mark the ten year anniversary of this band. Yukito Ara, singer, songwriter and sanshin player is from Ishigaki island, while the group features former members of Rinken Band. This album was probably their best, powerful songs, great performances and their ideas sound more developed.

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From Two Ocarina Festivals

AKETA with TETSUHIRO DAIKU

From Two Ocarina Festivals

Ref: FSD2200


Price: 26.99

The first five tunes feature Okinawan Tetsuhiro Daiku performing standards such as Tsuki nu Kaisha, Tinsagu nu Hana, Toshin Doi and Asadoya Yunta, together with a band of ocarina (South American ceramic small flute) players. The rest is made up of tracks by a group of school children all playing ocarina, sometimes with drums. It's all recorded live at ocarina festivals. Bizzare, yet enjoyable.



The Fere

THE FERE

The Fere

Ref: FSD1451


Price: 26.99

Four men vocalists singing traditional songs, with simple sanshin accompaniment or pop backing.Kind of male version of Nenes, they're even from the same camp, but not quite the same charm.

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The First Album

TINK TINK

The First Album

Ref: FSD1617


Price: 26.99

Female duo produced by Rinken Teruya. Mix of Okinawa and pop, mostly Rinken's tunes and a few traditional ones. Sounds like a sweeter version of Rinken Band, rather charming without breaking new ground. Also available as Mandarin Chinese version.



Sya

TINK TINK

Sya

Ref: FSD1730


Price: 26.99

Tink Tink are Rinken Teruya's (of Rinken Band) long term project, as producer and composer of the songs on this CD. Two young female vocalists, sing in harmony on fairly lightweight Okinawa pop songs. Rinken is a superb songwriter, so the quality is high throughout. For the home and Japanese market, they are marketed as charming, ordinary, happy girls who sing and dress Okinawan style, proud of their own culture. For outsiders it can sound rather twee at times. Enjoyable to tap your foot along to, just don't expect anything too deep.



Home Island

ACOUSTIC M

Home Island

Ref: FSD2415


Price: 25.99

Acoustic Okinawan duo of singing lady and guitar playing man who have played together for fifteen years. Okinawan traditional tunes, such as Tinsagu Nu Hana, and original songs with pop, reggae and latin influences.

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Shimanuiee

TSUNEYASU NAKA AND EMIKO SHIMABUKURO

Shimanuiee

Ref: FSD1626


Price: 26.99

Better known as backing musicians and arrangers, now make their first album and are joined by veterans of Okinawan pop/minyo, Hop Tones, Chieko Iha and others.

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Niraikanai

TOMI TAIRA AND CHORO CLUB

Niraikanai

Ref: FSD1736


Price: 26.99

Okinawan themed album by Japanese acoustic group Choro Club, who accompanied Yasukatsu Ohshima on his latest album. Ohshima himself appears on this as does ex-Nenes leader Misako Koja. Warning! There is narration throughout in Okinawan telling the story of an Okinawan folk tale.

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A-Yo

KOTOBUKI

A-Yo

Ref: FSD1442


Price: 26.99

Less Okinawan flavors, from Japanese/Okinawan duo, but all the better for it. Female singer Nabi's powerful voice is better suited to their jangly pop.Good songs, and the best album yet from Kotobuki.



Tsuide Yuku Mono

KOTOBUKI

Tsuide Yuku Mono

Ref: FSD1164


Price: 26.99

First major album by duo mixing Okinawan music and rock. Powerful singer from female vocalist, Nabi.



Taiyo No Hana

TINGARA

Taiyo No Hana

Ref: FSD1738


Price: 26.99

Modern Okinawan pop music featuring singer Tsugumi(ex keyboard player from Rinken Band) and two Japanese male musicians.



Sakiyoda

TINGARA

Sakiyoda

Ref: FSD1614


Price: 26.99

First major album, of the new age, so-called 'healing' Okinawan music. Has it's moments, but for the most part, read 'ambient' as 'bland.



Light My Fire

ALBERTO

Light My Fire

Ref: FSD1450


Price: 9.99

Was £25.99. Diamantes singer Alberto's solo album, includes salsa versions of 'Light My Fire' and 'Just the Way you Are', with the real salsa tracks more successful.



Azucar

DIAMANTES

Azucar

Ref: FSD1349


Price: 26.99

Latest album of the Peruvian/Okinawan mixture, with the latin influences to the fore.



Adelante

DIAMANTES

Adelante

Ref: FSD1737


Price: 26.99

"Okinawa Latin" group, but with the emphasis more on the Latin. Peru born Alberto is a good singer and musician, but has never quite lived up to early promise. Formulaic sound sung in Japanese, Okinawan, Spanish and English.



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