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Dikka

NENEZ

Dikka

Ref: FSD6937


Price: 23.99

First album of new stuff from the new Nenez who were 'reborn' last year with their album of original Nenes songs. The comparison to the first incarnation of Nenes is inevitable, if a little unfair on the excellent four young singers who take the starring role. They sing beautifully. The problem is the original Nenes trademark backing over those voices was partly created by musicians and producers other than Sadao China and have never been replaced. Sadao China is obviously a great songwriter and mentor, but overall the album suffers in its production values. Some songs, particularly the more simple, work well, while on others, the use of keyboards, electric guitar and drums distract rather than enhance. Overall however, the charm of Nenez remains, if you can get over what a more creative mind in the studio might have brought to the album.

1. Hey Man 2. Shima Shu No Uta 3. Anata Ni Ae Te 4. Yagamaya 5. Kajin 6. Unjiuu ga Joudou Yoriyuki Mariru 7. Cha Villa Sai 8. Can`t Help Falling In Love 9. Furusato No Kaze 10. Irodori 11. Katari Itaya 12. Sen Nen Sendan Ki 13. Hey Man- Beguine

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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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Unaijima

UNAIGUMI

Unaijima

Ref: FSD6733


Price: 22.99


The original Nenes are back! after nearly 20 years..well, almost..Misako Koja, Namiko Miyazato, Yukino Hiyane team up with Emiko Shimabukuro (so just Yasuko Yoshida of the original line-up missing) and Kazuya Sahara, keyboard player, producer and the man behind much of the original Nenes sound. They are calling themselves Unaigumi, have been playing live for a little while, including the Ryukyu Festival in 2014, and finally release an album. Their voices are in fine fettle, there's some great songs, an acoustic feel, and some anti-war sentiments.

1. Inagu Dushi 2. Shimanu Kutunufa 3. Unaijima 4. Chinuu Chuu Achaa 5. Nanyo Hamachidori Bushi 6. Shima ni Fuku Kaze, Futami Joka 7. Nanyo Kazoeuta 8. 1945 no Haru 9. Shinko Bushi 10. Ikunu Hana Sakashibusa 11. Shimanu Shigata 12. Saiyoo Bushi 13. Onnatomo, Reprise



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Hometown's Wind (Furusato no Kaze)

YASUKO YOSHIDA

Hometown's Wind (Furusato no Kaze)

Ref: FSD6736


Price: 23.99

Hot on the heels of the Unaigumi album featuring three of the original members of Nenes, comes the third solo album by the one who was missing, Yasuko Yoshida. This is her first solo album in 13 years, and in her camp is the other original Nenes producer and main songwriter Sadao China, who contributes two new songs . Great vocals from Yasuko, the usual sanshin, plus keyboards, guitar and help from the current version of Nenes. Musicians are Sadao China, Sadahito China, Masahiro Arakawa (keyboards) Yoshiro Maehama (guitar) Yasuo Yoshida, Nagisa Uehara, Terumi Yasura, Mayuko Higa, Rie Motomura, Aoi Yomochi.

1. Shurashi Hanamichi 2. Tabi nu Sora 3. Irayoi Tsukiyohama 4. Jugo no Tsuma 5. Hamasodachi 6. Shunu Bujo 7. Nadarii Guwaa 8. Nanyo Hamachidori 9. Nakanaori Sanraa Guwaa 10. Ashibi, Yanbaru Tiimaatuu 11. Furusato no Kaze



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Golden Best

NENES

Golden Best

Ref: FSD2380a


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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Uta Damashii Live (Spirit of Shimauta Live)

SADAO CHINA

Uta Damashii Live (Spirit of Shimauta Live)

Ref: FSV5657


Price: 39.99

The great Sadao China performing live in Tokyo, July 2009 , in support of his award winning 6 CD box set. China is in a laidback mood with many guests including two female singers, Yasuko Yoshida (ex-Original Nenes) and his protege, Kanako Hatoma, his son Sadateru China (ryukin), Keiko Higa (taiko) and Kotaro Takada (guitar).

Part 1

1. Hantahama 2. Yama nu Hashini Kosji 3. Shirakumo Bushi 4. Nanyo Kouta 5. Yasuda Koshiji 6. Ashibi Kendo Bushi 7. Shikaraa Sanunaa 8. Yacchaa Guwa, Shuura Bushi

Part 2

1. Urami no Arashi 2. Jintoyo Waltz 3. Tida nu Ko 4. Bonchanu Appaa 5. Irayoi Tsukiyohama 6. Paniiji Paniiji 7. Keehittori, Tiimatou 8. Shitagi Chidori

Encore

1. Hariku Yamakuu 2. Hatoma no Minato 3. Naakunii Yanbaru Tiima Tuu


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Shimauta Hyakkei ( 6 CDs)

SADAO CHINA

Shimauta Hyakkei ( 6 CDs)

Ref: FSD5045


Price: 139.99

It's been over fifty years since Sadao China made his debut record, and now comes his magnum opus, 101 songs, in a newly recorded six CD box set of traditional Okinawan shima uta and minyo. China is accompanied by mucisians such as Katsuko Yohen, Yoriko Ganeko, Misako Oshiro, Yasuko Yoshida, Keiko Kinjo, Kanako Hatoma, the current Nenes and his two sons Sadato and Sadateru China. Sadao sings, plays sanshin, ryukin and taiko.

Disc 1 has celebration songs and dance songs, Disc 2 is of ashibi uta and other party songs, Disc 3 is of ashibi uta, songs about immigration, travelling, war and peace. Disc 4 is of songs used in plays and praising and blessing the island of Okinawa. Discs 5 & 6 is of love songs.


Utadamashii

SADAO CHINA

Utadamashii

Ref: FSD5046


Price: 25.99

New album of 15 songs that tell the history of Okinawan minyo. Sadao China sings, plays sanshin, ryukin and taiko, accompanied by Sadato China (sanshin), Sadateru China (ryukin), Nenes (hayashi), Yasuko Yoshida, Keiko Kinjo, Katsuko Yohen (uta). Comes with booklet of detailed information about songs and lyrics (in Japanese). Tracks include Naakunii - Hantabaru, Koi Kataree, Isa Heiyoo, Asobi Kendo Bushi and Schiguwachi Eisa.



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.



Akemodoro-Unai

NENES

Akemodoro-Unai

Ref: FSD1058


Price: 25.99

Nenes are back with another superb album. Great vocals and songs, mixing pop with traditional. Now released outside Japan by GlobeStyle.

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Koza - Best Of

NENES

Koza - Best Of

Ref: FSD976


Price: 25.99

Some of Nenes best songs included with three remixes and two live recordings. 1. America Dori 2. Chidori Blues 3. Ohgon no Hana 4. Bye Bye Okinawa 5. Chaccha 6. Chicken Umi Yakara 7. Koi nu Hana 8. Hoshi no Paaranku 9. Umukaji 10. Shimajima Kaisha 11. Tegee 12. Haru no Uta 13. Yoso no Hito

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Natsu Urizun

NENES

Natsu Urizun

Ref: FSD894


Price: 25.99

In contrast to their previous album, this is a mixture of Okinawan, Hawaiian and Caribbean music recorded in Hawaii.

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Ikawu

NENES

Ikawu

Ref: FSD012


Price: 25.99

The success of Nenes first album in 1991, saw them become one of the big three in the bubbling Okinawan music scene. Brilliant songs written by Sadao China, textured layers of keyboards from Kazuya Sahara, and topped off by the crowning glory of the Nenes sound, beauitful unison female vocals. Highlights include the title track and Tege.



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Saudade Okinawa - Healing Selection

NENES

Saudade Okinawa - Healing Selection

Ref: FSD2636


Price: 25.99

Another compilation of the original Nenes, this one of some of their more plaintive songs or with a saudade (yearning) feeling such as Shima Jima Kaisha, Shima Yakara, Akabana and Tege '95 version. 15 tracks, nice selection, but other Best of compilations give a better overview of the group.

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Saudade Uchina - Nenes & Friends Selection

NENES

Saudade Uchina - Nenes & Friends Selection

Ref: FSD2637


Price: 25.99

Mostly Nenes renditions of traditional Okinawan tunes sung in uchina-guchi, or the Okinawan language. 18 tracks including Asadoya Yunta and Tinsagu nu Hana.

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Ama Kakeru Hashi

MISAKO KOJA

Ama Kakeru Hashi

Ref: FSD1433a


Price: 25.99

First post Nenes solo album from former leader of the women's quartet was worth waiting for. Traditional and original lullabies and songs that tell the life of Misako Koja. Produced and with textured keyboards by Kasuya Sahara who helped shape the original Nenes sound. Includes fascinating song featuring Koja's voice when aged 9, with present voice aged 48. Not just one of the Okinawan albums of 2000, but of any year. Simply beautiful.



Shima Jurasa

MISAKO KOJA

Shima Jurasa

Ref: FSD350


Price: 25.99

Former leader of Nenes, first solo album of traditional material. Beautiful vocals and exquisetly performed.



Ijyaibi

YASUKO YOSHIDA

Ijyaibi

Ref: FSD1073a


Price: 25.99

Glowing solo album from Nenes member. Mainly traditional, features Sadao China.



Yambaru Nu Hana

YASUKO YOSHIDA

Yambaru Nu Hana

Ref: FSD1627a


Price: 25.99

Ex-Nenes singer releases second solo album, once again produced by Sadao China. She is joined by other ex-Nenes singers Namiko Miyazato and Yukino Hiyane, and her daughter Izumi on largely traditional and excellent album.



Winagu

NAMIKO MIYAZATO

Winagu

Ref: FSD1725a


Price: 25.99

First solo album by ex-singer from Nenes, that includes one song by Nenes. Produced and accompanied by keyboard player, Kazuya Sahara, partly responsible for that wonderful early Nenes sound, and the former main singer with Nenes, Misako Koja.



Sayonara Ohisama Konbanwa Otsukisan

NAMI & YUKI

Sayonara Ohisama Konbanwa Otsukisan

Ref: FSD1726


Price: 19.99

Two of the original members of Nenes, Nami and Yukino get together to record mini-album. Fairly syrupy pop, except for the excellent Umi nu Chimbora, complete with sitar and steel guitar, previously sung by Nenes. Only 15 minutes of music, makes this mostly for Nenes completists only.



Churauta

NENES

Churauta

Ref: FSD1724a


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.



Akabana (HQCD)

SADAO CHINA

Akabana (HQCD)

Ref: FSD5000


Price: 22.99

Re-release from 1978 of Sadao China's first foray into Okinawan 'popular' music, featuring the hit 'Bye Bye Okinawa'.



Kajin

MASAE NAKADA

Kajin

Ref: FSD3751


Price: 19.99

Every now and then, Sadao China, the legendary producer, musician and founder of Nenes, takes a new singer under his wing. One of the latest is female vocalist Masae Nakada, owner of an exquisite voice. Most of the songs were written by China, who as well as being producer plays sanshin, ryukin (koto) taiko and even some guitar. Keyboards, electric guitar, pianica and other instruments also feature on a quality album of mostly slow material but with some more lively moments. Some traditional sounding songs among the mostly modern arrangements.



Utamaai

SADAO CHINA

Utamaai

Ref: FSD2706a


Price: 25.99

It's been 14 years since the great Sadao China last released a studio recorded solo album. Since the classic female quartet Nenes disbanded, aside from working with the new Nenes he's recorded with Seijin Noborikawa and produced a few young singers. On Utamaai he is joined by Yasuko Yoshida, (ex-Nenes) on backing vocals, sanba (castanets) and his son Sadahito on additional sanshin. An album of mostly traditional tunes, with China's dry vocals, sanshin and ryu-kin (koto). Excellent album of pure Okinawan traditional music.



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Seijin Noborikawa & Sadao China

SEIJIN NOBORIKAWA & SADAO CHINA

Seijin Noborikawa & Sadao China

Ref: FSD2201b


Price: 26.99

Probably Okinawa's two greatest musicians get together for a recording. Sadao China is probably best known for producing the female quartet Nenes, and writing most of their songs. Noborikawa is from a generation above, a funky, bluesy musician and one of the great characters of Okinawan music. Pure traditional material, sung seperately and in unison. Sanshin and taiko drumming on selection of uptempo and plaintive material, some standards, some lesser known. Simple and simply brilliant.



Tsuji No Blues

SADAO CHINA / KAME ITOKAZU

Tsuji No Blues

Ref: FSD576


Price: 25.99

Classic recording from the 70s of Sadao China, and Kame Itokazu, more famous for her buyo, or Okinawan dance.



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Shima Uta

SADAO CHINA

Shima Uta

Ref: FSD11


Price: 25.99

Beautiful album of shima uta, played and sung with much finesse.

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Shimaya Uta Asobi

SADAO CHINA

Shimaya Uta Asobi

Ref: FSD351


Price: 23.99

Solo album by the producer and leader of Nenes. Sublime performance and a peerless example of traditional shima uta.

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Akabana

SADAO CHINA

Akabana

Ref: FSD833


Price: 22.99

Re-release of classic mini-album of pop material, some later covered by Nenes.

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Asobi Uta, Nasake Bushi

SADAO CHINA

Asobi Uta, Nasake Bushi

Ref: FSD1072


Price: 25.99

Live recording by Nenes guru of traditional shima uta. Includes Nenes as guests on some songs.

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