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Bon Odori, Minyo & Local Folk

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Gujo Shirotori, Shirotori Odori, Shirotori no Haiden Odori, Itoshiro Minyo (2 CDs)

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Gujo Shirotori, Shirotori Odori, Shirotori no Haiden Odori, Itoshiro Minyo (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD7087


Price: 29.99

Gujo Odori is one of the three most important traditional bon dance festivals in Japan. The festival started over 400 years ago, in an attempt to bring the town's people together regardless of social level, and this spirit still remains today. In the Shirotori-cho area, Shirotori Odori features eight musical pieces, and is especially popular with young people with its up-tempo style. The Shirotori Odori dance festival takes places over about twenty nights from the end of July, and between 13th-15th August, people dance all night. Recorded by Makoto Kubota, CD1 of Shirotori Ondo, mainly focuses around three eldery singers and musicians, singing and playing flute. On CD2, the Haiden Odori, dancers sing to eachother and stomp out rhythms with their geta clogs under kiriko hanging lanterns. Bonus tracks are mixes, the Tokyo Electronico Mix by Who Me? and Makoto Kubota and a Tel Aviv Mad Mix by BEMET and Avihai Naftali.

CD 1 Shirotori odori 1. Yassaka 2. Shitchoi 3. Jindai (dokkoisa) 4. Oisaka 5. Gensukesan 6.-Sei Sakae 7 Tokyo Eletronico Mix by Who Me? & Makakoto Kubota

CD 2 Hakucho no Haiden odori 1. Basho odori uta 2. Essassa 3. Dokkoisa 4. Yoi to Sorya 5. Yoisassa 6.-Sa no-sa 7. Choina choina ( Itoshiro-min odori ) 8.-Yo tsuki-uta 9. Iriko hiki-uta 10. Tel Aviv Mad Mix by BEMET and Avihai Naftali.

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It Don't MinYo a Thing if it Ain't Got That Bu-shi- Japanese Folk Songs (Demo Recording CD-R)

MINYO CRUSADERS

It Don't MinYo a Thing if it Ain't Got That Bu-shi- Japanese Folk Songs (Demo Recording CD-R)

Ref: FSD7082


Price: 14.99

Minyo, local folk songs from all over Japan, have long been combined with Latin, jazz and other types of music. Back in the 1950s, Japan's most famous singer Hibari Misora was adding Latin rhythms to folk songs, and Tokyo Cuban Boys were playing tunes such as Samba Soran (based on Soran Bushi). Minyo Crusaders have picked up that mantle and run with it, taking Minyo in some similar and some new directions. Reportedly, Ry Cooder said "Minyo Crusaders is the best band I have heard in many years, since when I can't say! So good! Let me help out in some way when time comes!"...Praise indeed.

1. Kushimoto Bushi 2. Mamurogawa Ondo 3. Yasuki Bushi 4. Houhai Bushi 5. Aizubandaisan

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Japanese Bon Odori

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Japanese Bon Odori

Ref: FSD7047


Price: 18.99

Wonderful compilation of some of the famous Japanese Bon Odori tunes sung by leading singers.

1. Motoharu Sasaki / Hokkai Bon Uta 2. Tsuya Takahashi / Ajigasawa Jinku 3. Sadao Tsukuda / Tora Onna Sama-nanbu Bon Uta 4. Tsuneo Sasaki / Akita Ondo 5. Keiko Kikuchi / Hanagasa Ondo 6.Eiichi Sugimoto / Aiba Bon Uta 7. Teruaki Todo / Nikkou Wagaku Odori 8. Kanzaburo Itabashi / Yagi Bushi -Kunisada Tadaharu 9. Kazue Kyogoku / Shirahama Ondo 10. Naoyuki Harada / Tokyo Ondo 11. Sadahiko Furumura / Aikawa Ondo 12. Seietsu Nakamura / Ecchuu O Wara Bushi 13. Sadamichi Yamazaki / Koorikami Bushi -Kawasa Ki 14. Yasuhiro Hatsuneya Kawachi Ondo 15. Tetsuji Okusako / Mihara Yassa Odori 16. Kyoko Saito / Awa Odori 17. Tatsue Kaneda / Yo Sa Koi Naruko Odori 18. Koume Akasaka / Tanko Bushi

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Hanatsuoto

ARAGEHONZI

Hanatsuoto

Ref: FSD7018


Price: 19.99

One of the best bands updating Japanese folk (minyo) festival and other styles. Perhaps this is the album that defines and encapsulates the current scene, with dyanamic arrangements of festival songs from northern Japan and original songs. Elements of rap, jazz, rock and other styles. Evoking the spirit of ancient Japanese festival music in the modern world.

1. Akitadaikkumai (Akita Minyo) 2. Echo 3. Detaramekagura 4. Jumannin no Hashi 5. Konoyubi tomare 6. Harukaze 7. Hanatsuoto 8. Tamaokuri 9. Obonaibushi (Akita minyo)

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Hitotsubu no Chikara - Sato Keshiki

AWAIBITO

Hitotsubu no Chikara - Sato Keshiki

Ref: FSD6940


Price: 19.99

Awaibito were formed in the wake of the Tohoku earthquake in 2011 and feature Biho Narukoma (vocals, wadaiko) Kinsui Sato (shakuhachi) and Rikiya Nakamura (piano).They perform minyo (folk) songs from northerneast Japan, staying true to the original melodies but accompanying them with piano and other harmonic enhancements. It all works rather beautifully, with additional musicians playing guitar, bass and percussion.

1. Soma Nihengaeshi (Fukushima) 2. Jusanhama (Miyagi) 3. Aminoshi Uta (Ibaraki) 4. Kamaishi Hamauta (Iwate) 5. Nanbu Mochi Tsuki Uta (Aomori) 6. Kujukuri (Chiba) 7. Aizubandaisan (Fukushima) 8. Otachi Sake (Miyagi)

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Ondo Fi Gwan - Kawachiondo Meets Reggae Muzik

KORIKIMARU & SAKAIYA RIDDIM SECTION FEATURING POWA CONNECTION

Ondo Fi Gwan - Kawachiondo Meets Reggae Muzik

Ref: FSD6894


Price: 20.99

Kawachi Ondo has found a natural mate in reggae music, the two combining with great effect for at least 25 years beginning with classic albums by Kawachiya Kikusuimaru. Now a new generation is doing the same with young musicians. Watch a video of the singer in more orthodox mode this summer. 1. Osaka Ninjo Machi Aruki 2. Kawachi Juningiri 3. Osaka Walk Dub

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Odore Osaka So Odori / Kimochi Yo Hoi Hoi

KOGIKU TSUKINOYA

Odore Osaka So Odori / Kimochi Yo Hoi Hoi

Ref: FSD6895


Price: 14.99

The latest style of Kawachi Ondo, the dance style from Osaka that keeps evolving in the hands of younger singers and musicians. Includes dub version by Jamaican engineer/producer Steven Stanley (Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads, Black Uhuru). Watch the videos including Stanley in the studio.

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Haru Baru

TOMORO

Haru Baru

Ref: FSD6850


Price: 19.99

Third album from the duo of taiko player Tetsuro Naito and shinobue flute player Tomoko Takeda. Tetsuro Naito spent 12 years as one of the leading players with the world's leading taiko group, Kodo. As well performing on many albums he was also director of the acclaimed Earth Celebration festival held annually on Sado island collaborating with artists from around the world. Tomoko Takeda studied taiko and shinobue flute from an early age, developing an interest in rakugo (story telling) kabuki and noh. Together they play an updated version of Edo Bayashi, hundreds of year old festival music from the Tokyo area. They add western elements and flavours and other world influences to create a dynamic sound, inherently Japanese, with a modern twist. Guests musicians play accordion, bass and sax.

1. Hanamichi 2. Taiyofu 3. Unzen Ondo 4. Renge no Gotoku 5. Aran no Oka 6. Harukage 7. Haru Baru 8. Yugure Toki 9. Picnic

17th June 2015, Japanese duo Tomoro live in the studio by Far Side Radio on Mixcloud

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Hoshizora no Wataru

TOMORO

Hoshizora no Wataru

Ref: FSD6851


Price: 19.99

Second album that came out in 2008 from the taiko / flute duo of Tetsuro Naito and Tomoko Takeda. Ex-Kodo drummer Naito and wonderful shinobue (flute) player Tomoko Takeda combine with great effect on this groundbreaking album. Features guest player on accordion, plus harmonica and djembe from Tomoro.

1. Hoshizora no Wataru 2. Daikokai 3. Shichi Mi 4. Gekkoka 5. Tanjobi 6. Obayashi Musume 7. Sazin 8. Midori Michi 9. Hoshizora no Wataru

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Liberondo

TSUKASAYA MASATOSHI, SATSUKAYA OTOWAKA, HATSUNEYA KAWORU

Liberondo

Ref: FSD6799


Price: 16.99

The best young singers of Kawachi Ondo. Newly recorded songs by three winners from the Kawachi Ondo Contest 2014, that was held in March 2014 in Minami Kawachi in Osaka. It's unusual for different singers from different schools to record on one album, as these current top singers, leading the Kawachi Ondo scene, perform with a super group of support musicians, dubbed 'All Kawachi Rhythm Section' such as Kanji Nakao (sax), Hiroshi Funato (contrabss) and Yoshio Kuge (drums).

1. Masatoshi Ujiie / Sado Jowa 2. Otowaka Satsukiya / Kutsukake Tokijiro 3. Kaoru Hatsuneya / Ose Hangoro


Kawachi Ondo Renaissance - Birth of Dance N' Ballad ( 6 CDs +  Booklet + Box Set)

HATSUNEYA

Kawachi Ondo Renaissance - Birth of Dance N' Ballad ( 6 CDs + Booklet + Box Set)

Ref: FSD6548


Price: 59.99

Hatsuneya is one of the oldest names in Kawachi Ondo, the first Tasaburo Hatsuneya created something akin to today's Kawachi Ondo by combining rokyoku (storytelling) with traditional Ondo in the Kawachi area during the Taisho period (1912-1926). Four more great Hatsuneya singers emerged all of them adding something different to what came before to bring the sound of Kawachi Ondo up to date. This box set includes very rare recordings of the Hatsuneya bon dance and concerts recorded between late 1950s and mid 60s. It features two generations and five Hatsuneya singers.



Kasutori Ondo Ero! Gro!? 9Sense!!!

HATSUNEYA ISHIWAKA

Kasutori Ondo Ero! Gro!? 9Sense!!!

Ref: FSD6210


Price: 24.99

74 year old guitarist Hatsuneya Ishiwaka is one of the eldest musicians in the current Kawachi Ondo scene. He's known for playing his guiitar like an old blues guitarist, with his own unique take on Kawachi ondo and Tawamure Uta. On this monumental album he is ably supported by singers and musicians from Hatsuneya Shachu, one of the oldest schools of Kawachi Ondo, chindon group, Chindon Tsushinsha, and self styled 'Off Note All Stars', the brilliant and innovative musicians who have played on host of the distinctive Off Note label releases. Quite simply, brilliant.

1. Hizamakura Ishiwaka Bushi 2. Matsumatsu Zukushi, Muhonmatsu no Issho 3. Golf Wakaranai Bushi 4. Wakaranai Bushi - Heso Ana Dukushi (ero version) 5. Wakaranai Bushi - Heso Ana Kuzushi (gro version) 6. Wakaranai Bushi Hesoshita Kudoki (nonsense version) 7. Yamayama Zukushi, Aizu no Kotetsu



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Ondoster

TEPPO HIROSABURO

Ondoster

Ref: FSD6211


Price: 24.99

Teppo Hirosaburo is an 84 year old legendary ondo singer sometimes known as 'Ondo President' or 'Funk Teacher'. On this album he sings with guest shamisen player Teruo Akatsuki, supported by singers and musicians from Hatsuneya Shachu and the Off Note All Stars.

1. Nakanori Shinzo 2. Ousho Ichidai 3. Kawachi Junin-giri


Kawachi Ondo - Kanzaki Yogoro  Azuma-kudari Hakone no Chaya

IPPEI YAMANAKA & THE KAWACHI ONDOLYERS

Kawachi Ondo - Kanzaki Yogoro Azuma-kudari Hakone no Chaya

Ref: FSD6065


Price: 24.99

New album from top Kawachi Ondo singer. Born in 1952, Yamanaka made his first record at 18, became a monk, sang enka, before returning to his first love, Kawachi Ondo music. Brilliant improvisation by Yamanaka and his group Kawachi Ondolyers, with shamisen, guitar, piano and saxophone backing up Yamanaka's distinct Kawachi Ondo vocals. Includes new version of the best known song in his repertoire, Kanzaki Yogoro Azuma-kudari Hakone no Chaya. The new sound of Kawachi Ondo

1. Kawachi Ondo - Sakata Sankichi Monogatari Seiryu-hen 'Sanza Osaka' 2. Kawachi Ondo - Kazaki Yogoro Azuma-kudari Hakone no Chaya



Kikusuimaru Kawachiya- Kawachi Ondo Rare Tracks Collection V

KIKUSUIMARU KAWACHIYA

Kikusuimaru Kawachiya- Kawachi Ondo Rare Tracks Collection V

Ref: FSD6059


Price: 19.99

Five more rare tracks from the Kawachi Ondo king, this one includes the classic Bob Marley ondo.



Kawachi Mondo 2- Sekai Saikyo Kawachi Kei Songs / Zoku, Zokuzoku Kawachi Mondo (2 CDs)

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Kawachi Mondo 2- Sekai Saikyo Kawachi Kei Songs / Zoku, Zokuzoku Kawachi Mondo (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6004


Price: 30.99

Fantastic 2 CD compilation of Kawachi Ondo, summer bon dance music from the Kawachi area of Kansai. Includes lots of rare singles and album tracks, long unavailable.

CD1

1. Yuriko Sakuragawa / Senryo Nobori (Makoto Kubota Remix Goshu Ondo) 2. Hideharu Tsubaki / Soul Kawachi Ondo 3. Tatamaru Sakuragawa I / Rokyoku Yukyo Den 4. Tadamaru Sakuragawa I / Yanre Bushi Mondo Suzuki 5. Baiyu Sakuragawa III / Kokoku Jiman (Ge) 6. Shintaro Katsu / 'Akumei' Kawachi Ondo (original sound track) 7. Shintaro Katsu / Porn Ondo 8. Kozaburo Teppo / Minyo Teppo Bushi (Original Version) 9. Kozaburo Teppo / Minyo Teppo Bushi (Backey Shirahata Version) 10. Kozaburo Teppo / Kawachi Ondo Korega Teppo da (Toru Arima and Noche Cubana Versiom) 11. Kiyomitsu Tochiwaka / Sumo Jinku Ondo 12. Eiji Mitsune / Anko Gurashi 13. Emiko Nishizaki / Kawachi Ondo Instrumental 14. Shugetsu-ke Ichimon / Izumi-shu Naniwa Ondo Shugetsu Bushi 15. Katsumi Ichikawa / Aizu no Kotesu 16. Gengoro Oumi / Naniwa Ichidai Otoko

CD2

1. Yaemaru Shugetsu / Shugetsu Kawachi Ondo Sakai Okuni Jiman 2. Koji Tsuda / Kawachi Yukyo Den 3. Hideharu Tsubaki / Disco Kawachi Ondo 4. Ippei Yamanaka / Sanza Osaka 5. Asamaru Mitsuneya / Mogyu Kawachi Ondo 6. Asamaru Mitsuneya / Kintetsu Ensen Ondo 7. Akiko Kanazawa / Kawachi Ondo (Seishun Kawachi Ondo) 8. Midori Hatakeyama / Kawachi Ondo Naniwa Zukushi 9. Kenji Hatsuneya / Kawachi Ondo 10. Minoru Naniwaya / Ochacha Zukushi 11. Takako Sawa / Naniwa Kawachi Ondo Tokyo Roman 12. Keiko Matsuyama / Ninkyo Kawachi Kuzushi 13. Mitsuko Komatsu / Wakayama Meguri 14. James Bon / Shobai Hanjo, Sasa Motte Reggae 15. Sumiwaka Narumiya / Yanre Uematsu 16. Ihojin / Minami Kawachi Daigaku Bushi


Makoto Kubota Remix - The Goshu Ondo

MAKOTO KUBOTA

Makoto Kubota Remix - The Goshu Ondo

Ref: FSD6003


Price: 18.99

Makoto Kubota remixes Goshu Ondo, the traditional bon dance music from Shiga prefecture, here sung by top female singer Yuriko Sakuragawa.

1. Senryo Nobori (Remix A) 2. Senryo Nobori (Remix B)


Tokyo Nagurikomi Live / Kawachi Ondo San-on Kai All Stars

KAWACHI ONDO ALL STARS

Tokyo Nagurikomi Live / Kawachi Ondo San-on Kai All Stars

Ref: FSD5769


Price: 24.99

Re-release of a legendary Kawachi Ondo LP Tokyo Nagurikomi Live / Kawachi Ondo San-on Kai All Stars, originally released in 1983. This is the album of the first Kawachi Ondo festivals that took place in the Kanto area around Tokyo, performed at 'Shibuya Live In 82' and 'Kinshi-cho Ginsei Gekijo' in July 1982. For people in Tokyo, Kawachi Ondo, from the Kansai region of Osaka, the festival was a revelation, one of the few examples of a tradition that had changed and adapted down the years and now came with a contemporary edge, that simply wasn't there in most other bon dances. This fantastic CD features the original recording of 'Muhonmatsu no Issho' (track 4), not included on the LP and a dub arrangement of Akagi no Komoriuta. CD jacket is the same classic illustration as the original LP by Yosuke Kawamura.

1. Senomaru Mineya / Akagi no Komoriuta 2. Senomaru Mineya / Akagi no Komoriuta (original) 3. Toshiwaka Mineya / Member Shokai 4. Senomaru Mineya / Muhonmatsu no Issho 5. Akagi no Komoridasho 6. Mineya Senomaru / Akagi no Komoriuta


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Kawachi Ondo Best - Sawari Hen  - The Punch Line  (2 CDs)

MITSUKO KOMATSU, KAWACHIYA KIKUSUIMARU, HAJIME MIYOSHIYA, KOISHIMARU IZUTSUYA, TATSUE KANEDA, YASUHIRO HATSUNEYA

Kawachi Ondo Best - Sawari Hen - The Punch Line (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5739


Price: 27.99

The greatest Kawachi Ondo tunes sung by the leading singers.

CD1.

1. Kawachi Ondo Chuutarou Desu Okkasan / Mitsuko Komatsu 2. Kawachi Ondo Yume No Minyou Okuni Meguri / Mitsuko Komatsu 3. Kawachi Ondo Sensen Zukushi / Mitsuko Komatsu 4. Kawachi Ondo Ochacha Zukushi Ondo / Kawachiya Kikusuimaru 5. Kakin Ondo Freeter Ichi Dai Otoko / Kawachiya Kikusuimaru

CD2.

1. Kawachi Ondo Mamekachi / Hajime Miyoshiya 2. Cha-cha-cha Rhythm Kawachi Ondo Kyoujou Jingi / Koishimaru Izutsuya 3. Kawachi Ondo Dokyou Senryou / Tatsue Kaneda 4*/ Yasuhiro Hatsuneya


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Kawachi Ondo Hizou Collection 4 (Kawachi Ondo Treasured Collection 4)

KAWACHIYA KIKUSUIMARU

Kawachi Ondo Hizou Collection 4 (Kawachi Ondo Treasured Collection 4)

Ref: FSD5738


Price: 18.99

Fourth album by the Kawachi Ondo king. this one featuring Yukari Onishi and Shang Shang Typhoon.

1. Yanre Bushi Iri Kudaime Yokozuna 2. Tachibana Sakon Ban Ooishi Azuma Kudari 3. Toudou Takatora 4. Kande Ondo 5. Kawachian Summer Episode 2 (feat. Yukaro Onishi) 6. Ondotori Only You (feat. Shang Shang Typhoon)


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Kawachi Ondo Hizo Collection 3

KIKUSUIMARU KAWACHIYA

Kawachi Ondo Hizo Collection 3

Ref: FSD5472


Price: 18.99

Volume three of the kawachi ondo king Kikusuimaru Kawachiya's rare track collection with one bonus track. Taken from throughout Kikusuimaru's varied career.

1. Kanei Gozen Jiai Yamada Shinryuken [47 years old] 2. Nogi Shogun Ise Mairi [47 years old] 3. Hizo Ongen Uma no Ashi [47 years old] 4. Hizo Ongen Jinsei Koro [18 years old] 5. Hizo Ongen Ocha cha Zukushi [17 years old] 6. Hizo Ongen Yama yama Zukushi [15 years old] 7. Hizo Ongen Ohayashi [9 years old] 8. Hana [bonus track- 28 years old]


Kikusuimaru Kawachiya - Kawachi Ondo Rare Tracks Collection I

KIKUSUIMARU KAWACHIYA

Kikusuimaru Kawachiya - Kawachi Ondo Rare Tracks Collection I

Ref: FSD4115


Price: 21.99

A very welcome mini album with some of Kikusuimaru's best yet rarest tracks that have been unavailable for a few years. 1. Kanei Gozen Jiai - Naoto Ii (recorded when he was 45) 2. Bob Marley Story '97 (34) 3. Kakin Ondo Freeter Ichidai Otoko - Sieshun Jokyo Version (28) 4. Happy (28) 5. Tatsumono Dukushi (19) 6. Kawachi no Rekishi (9)



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Kikusuimaru Kawachiya - Kawachi Ondo Rare Tracks Collection II

KIKUSUIMARU KAWACHIYA

Kikusuimaru Kawachiya - Kawachi Ondo Rare Tracks Collection II

Ref: FSD4678


Price: 21.99

Kikusuimaru is a bit of a legend. He's had a colourful career, singing Kawachi ondo music from Kansai, updated with reggae, bhangra and other styles, all delivered with panache and humour. He's hasn't shied away from the axis of evil, having performed in Iraq where he met Saddam Hussein, and North Korea. Trouble is, nearly all of his recordings are unavailable. So, here then, is a very welcome second volume of some of his rare tracks.

1. Danjuro Ichikawa to Uma no Ashi 2. Nogi Shogun 3. Kanbi Fujiyama Monogatari


Japanese Voice

SHIGERI KITSU

Japanese Voice

Ref: FSD5222


Price: 18.99

Six track mini album from one of the best Japanese vocalists around. Traditional minyo folk songs usually sung by women, given a new interpretation and contemporary twist.

1. Takeda no Komoriuta 2. Oshima Anko Bushi - koto version 3. Sara Sara - from Kan Kon Shu- 4. Yokai - Tanegashima no Komoriuta 5. Oshima Anko Bushi - guitar version 6. Itsuki no Komoriuta


Nippon Bon Dance Collection

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Nippon Bon Dance Collection

Ref: FSD4679


Price: 18.99

Summer festival music Japanese style. Bon odori, or bon dance, takes place during Obon, a custom and time during which people honour their ancestors. It takes place during the summer, although the exact time varies from region to region. The music and the dance also vary greatly from one region to another. Sometimes people dance in a circular fashion around a yagura, a high wooden stage, such as in Kawachi ondo, while others proceed in a straight line. Some dances use fans, others towels, still more use wooden clappers. A dance can depict a local area and its history. This CD contains Bon odori from throughout Japan, and comes with dance instructions, if you are so inclined.

1. Mitsuko Yuasa / Oishii Ondo 2. Naoyuki Harada / Tokyo Ondo (Tokyo) 3. Yoko Saito, Hidetake Endo / Hanagasa Ondo (Yamagata) 4. Minoru Onoda / Soma Bon Uta (Fukushima) 5. Masahiko Kawasaki / Dokyukai Ondo 6. Motoharu Sasaki / Hokkaido Bonuta (Hokkaido) 7. Toyama Minyo Owara Hozonkai / Ecchu Owara Bushi (Toyama) 8. Sadamichi Yamazaki / Gunjo Bushi, Kawasaki (Gifu) 9. Mitsuko Komatsu / Kawachi Ondo, Sen Sen Zukushi 10. Miyoki Nakamura / Awa Odori (Tokushima) 11. Sengetsu Ozawa / Chichibu Ondo (Saitama) 12. Hanei Sotozaki / Soran Bushi 13. Hanako Ono, Yoshikoe Endo, Kiyoko Tanaka, Norio Saito / Akita Ondo (Akita) 14. Yoko Harumi / Yamanaka Bushi (Ishikawa) 15. Tetsuji Okusako, Mihara Yassa Odori Shinkokai / Mihara Yassa Odori (Hiroshima) 16. Kyoko Saito / Yosakoi Bushi (Kochi) 17. Koume Akasaka / Tanko Bushi (Fukuoka) 18. Teruaki Todo / Bokenai Ondo



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Gokuraku

CHANCHIKI

Gokuraku

Ref: FSD3431


Price: 25.99

Chanchiki ostensibly play minyo- or Japanese local folk songs. However, not since the heyday of Takio Ito has minyo sounded this vibrant, this fresh, this...alive. Under the guidance of multi-instrumentalist Tsutom Tanaka, their take of minyo is a wild mix of traditional Japanese sounds and rhythms with rock, jazz, Latin, African, and other elements. The album comes flying out the traps and apart from a couple of welcome rests doesn't really let up, leaving the listener satisfyingly exhausted by the end. Their music is dominated by the sound of the shamisen (lute) Japanese taiko and various other percussion (including the metalic chachinki instrument used in chindon, from which the group takes its name) hayashi backing chanting, great female vocals from Makiko Ikeda and fue (flute) shakuachi (bamboo flute) from Koushi Tsukuda which are all at the core of minyo. These are augmented by electric bass, guitar, more percussion (including by Mari Sekine of Shibasashirazu) tuba (Daisuke Takaoka also of Shibusashirazu) sax (Akira Kitoh of Tokyo Chutei Iki) and trombone. The songs originate from all over Japan from the tsugaru shamisen style from the north, to one of the gentler ballads, Ayagu from Okinawa. Invigorating stuff. 1. Rasshoi!! 2. Yaga 'F' 3. Funakogi-Nagashi-ua 4. Minato no Uta 5. Ayagu 6. Buzah? Nisai? 7. Gondola no Uta 8. Ukikusa Bushi 9. Hounen Mansaku Bon Odori 10. Chug Chug 11. Kodaijin 12. Konpira Fune Fune 13. Arigataya Bushi.



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Ullambana DX

TADAMARU SAKURAGAWA

Ullambana DX

Ref: FSD3237


Price: 33.99

Very very welcome re-release of a classic album from 1991 of goshu ondo singer Tadamaru Sakuragawa. This one a 2 CD set with live recordings from 1992 and 2006. Sakuragawa sings in a style similar to kawachi ondo, classic Japanese folk sounding, and is accompanied by an infectious rhythm, slide guitar and the most catchy refrain on the brilliant opening track Sanose, guaranteed to get the feet moving and worth getting for this track alone. Elsewhere are the plaintive Kuroi Ame and a medley of tunes including the Indonesian classic, Bengawan Solo featuring Okinawan female quartet Nenes. This new, deluxe edition includes a new recording and on Disc 2 a live set from 1992 and one new track from 2006. Essential, and highly recommended.



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Kawachi Ondo Teppo Bushi

TEPPO MITSUMARU

Kawachi Ondo Teppo Bushi

Ref: FSD3148


Price: 25.99

Kawachi Ondo is one of Japan's most impressive festivals. Kawachi is a southeastern area of Osaka, and Kawachi Ondo was originally sung during the summer bon odori when anscestors are said to return from the world of the dead. The lyrics describe current events and it has been sung since the Edo period. Kawachi Ondo has developed over the years and still young people today enjoy the fast and groovy rhythms. Teppo Miysumaru is a veteran singer of Kawachi Ondo. During the 1960s he appeared in numerous TV commercials and released a string of LPs. He is now chairman of the Kawachi Ondo Association and this wonderful CD is his comeback album. Traditional Kawachi Ondo tends to be based around a few basic melodies and structures and the songs develop in set paterns and last up to 30 minutes or so. Aside to the distinctive vocals are shamisen, taiko drums, electric guitar and hayashi backing vocals. Two tracks : 1.Sakazaki Dewamori Homare no Maki 2.Sakazaki Dewamori Hiren no Maki.



Kawachi Ondo Yanre Bushi

NARUTOYA SUMIWAKA

Kawachi Ondo Yanre Bushi

Ref: FSD3149


Price: 25.99

Since the singer Kawachiya Kikusuimaru, there hasn't really been a star of Kawachi Ondo. Narutoya Sumiwaka is probably the best of the current Kawachi Ondo singers. Sumikawa's voice is accompanied by shamisen, taiko, electric guitar, bass and percussion on an album of modern Kawachi Ondo. Four tracks : 1.Yanre Uematsu 2.Katasura Harudanji Doutonbori Jowa 3.Ippon-gatana Dohyo-iri 4.Yanre Uematsu (karaoke).



Kawachi Mondo

VARIOUS

Kawachi Mondo

Ref: FSD3150


Price: 23.99

Amazing compilation album of Kawachi Ondo and Kawachi infulenced songs. Kawachi ondo from the Kansai region is one of Japan's most vibrant summer festivals, the music has always been moderniazed through the years and this CD shows how. From the 60s, 70s,80s and 90s, Kawachi ondo is combined with everything from a 70s disco groove to an 80s dub mix. Other songs are more orthodox Kawachi style and just as brilliant. Compiled from long deleted tapes and EPs. Essential. 1.Miss Hanako / Kawachi no Ossan no Uta (1976) 2.Tatsue Kaneda / Tatsue no Kawachi Ondo (1978) 3.Hideo Murata / Kawachi Yarou (1967) 4.Hikari Azuma / Kawachi Merhen (1965) 5.Hajime Ikoma / Kawachi no Ryu (1982) 6.Ikomaya Kazuo / Higashi-osaka Ondo (1973) 7.Teppo Hiroaki / Owarai Teppo Bushi (1985) 8.Kyoko Kitami / Kawachi Onnabana (1990) 9.Maiko Takigawa / Kawachi Yumedaiko (1994) 10.James Bong / Dub, Shobai Hanjo (1985) 11.Tadao Ono / Nenpou Koiya (1971) 12.Mitsuko Komatsu / Sensen Zukushi (1977) 13.Miyoshiya Hajime / Kawachi Ondo (mamekachi) (1966) 14.Izutsuya Koishimaru / Ninjo Jingi (1989) 15.Toyosato Koshu Ondo Hozonkai / Koshu Ondo (1974) 16.Kawachiya Kikusuimaru / Kawachi Ondo, Ochacha Zukushi - Seiki Matagi Remix (2006)



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Nippon No Natsu (Summer in Japan)

VARIOUS

Nippon No Natsu (Summer in Japan)

Ref: FSD3077


Price: 25.99

Summer in Japan means festivals. Not just Glastonbury and their ilk, but dressing up in kimono and going to temples and shrines to listen and dance to traditional music. These dances and songs are called 'ondo' and form the basis of much modern roots music. This fantastic album compiles 20 such updated ondo classics. Listen to Akiko Kanazawa's outrageous Yellow Submarine Ondo. Other tracks include Ken Matsudaira / Matsuken Samba II Ondo, Jiro Sakagami / Tobimasu Ondo, Kiyoshi Atsumi / Tora-san Ondo, Haruo Minami / Rupin Ondo, Sankyu & Teruyo Kasuga / Chikatetsu Ondo, Masako Ohya, Bonny Jacks / Masako-chan Ondo, Akira Ooizumi / UFO Ondo, Tonosama Kings / Hawaii Ondo, Machiko Soga & Susumu Ishikawa / Oba-Q Ondo.



Dai Bon-odori Taikai

VARIOUS

Dai Bon-odori Taikai

Ref: FSD2696


Price: 24.99

Summer in Japan means bon odori, the dance of the bon festival, when souls of ancestors return from the world of the dead. They form circles and dance to comfort the souls of the dead. These days it is more a form of amusement during the warm summer evenings. This fascinating CD features modern bon odori songs. 18 tracks including Harumi Miyako and even an instruction manual on how to dance the bon odori in your own living room.



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Bushi

TAKIO ITO

Bushi

Ref: FSD2777


Price: 26.99

There are many great singers around the world, but few who are truly exceptional. Takio Ito would be one of Japan's candidates to be counted among the world's elite. It's about 20 years since Takio Ito first made a splash as part of Japan's burgeoning world music scene with his powerful striking vocals set over a mix of minyo (local folk) with rock, jazz and other world elements. The 9 songs include traditional minyo from northern and central Japan, the Korean standard folk song, Arirang and an Ainu (native Japanese) traditional song. Up to his own brilliant standards.

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U-Tini

MEGURU AZUMINO

U-Tini

Ref: FSD2847


Price: 24.99

Meguru Azumino is the daughter of brilliant minyo singer Takio Ito. Like her father she has a fine minyo style singing voice. She obviously absorbed the folk songs she grew up with, and also like her father is interested in progressing traditional songs with new arrangements and instrumentation. The traditional minyo tunes on this album often come with a jazzy feel to them, her vocals surrounded by guitars, piano, keyboards, drums and percussion, but thankfully still manage to sound at their root like a Japanese folk song, due mainly to her excellent voice. She also writes a few of her own songs. The coming of age album for Meguru. Let's hope she can make as big a splash on the minyo music world as her father, and go beyond that to the mainstream. CD comes with English liner notes.



Meguru

MEGURU AZUMINO

Meguru

Ref: FSD1766


Price: 18.99

Debut release by the daughter of Takio Ito, four songs and 22 minutes of music. Minyo style vocal accompanied by piano plus more radical club and rock accompaniment helps take minyo toward new territory. Promising.



Kitaka Sassa

TAKEMI KAKIZAKI

Kitaka Sassa

Ref: FSD1765


Price: 26.99

If you like Takio Ito you'll also like this. Produced and arranged by Takio, with most of his fine band playing , Kakizaki sings Min'yo (folk) songs from mainly northern Japan. She is an exciting new discovery as a young female singer who seems capable of taking min'yo in new directions, as Takio has done almost singlehandedly for the last fifteen years. Despite a big production with 16 musicians, an array of instruments, it still has enough rawness to capture the essence of min'yo without diluting it.



Ringo Oiwake Collection

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Ringo Oiwake Collection

Ref: FSD2705


Price: 25.99

Ringo Oiwake sung originally by the legendary female enka and kayokyoku singer Hibari Misora is one of Japan's best loved songs. On this fine album 13 artists cover Ringo Oiwake including Sandii (techno version) Yoshio Harada, Sojiro (Ocarina), Dozan Fujiwara (shakuhachi), Oscal Cardoso Ocampo (Argentine Tango) and Chie Hanawa (shamisen). Also contains Misora's original version.



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