Marewrew are four Ainu women, who sing 'upopo' the ancient rythmical songs that accompany festival dances. This is their first full album, following on from the mini-album, and is produced by Oki who also accompanies them on some songs on tonkoro and adds other instrumentation and a contemporary feel. Listen to some sound samples.
1. Funakogi Asobi 2. Kapiw Upopo 3. Emus Kane 4. Rera Suy 5. Herekan Ho 6. Ashibetsu no Ie 7. Uekap 8. Ciperikip Par Yan 9. Iqu? 10. Kujira no Atama kara 11. Humpe Yan Na 12. Pon Hekaci Heciri (Etukuma Kara) 13. Kane Ren Ren 14. Tori no Kikinashi 15. Saranpe 16. Mukkur 17. Pon Repun Kamuy 18. Umaoi no Uta 19. Yaykatekara 20. Cipo Sanke Upopo
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Kumaokuri - Kami to Nibuta Ainu no Katarai
Field recording from 1977 of the 'Iyomante' ceremony, plus commentary. The Iyomante ceremony is at the heart of Ainu spirituality, who believe that living and non-living thing are kamuy (gods visiting the earthly world) and send kamuy back to their world with prayers, gifts and invitations to return. When they hunted and killed adult bears, the Ainu raised the survining cubs for a year or two, and then would hold the Iyomante ceremony to return the souls of the cubs to the gods.
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Songs, prayers, offerings and tales of the Ainu, the native Japanese people living in Hokkaido (the northern main island). An important document of a culture that has been threatened during the 20th century, but still survives. Includes several spoken tracks, of limited interest to non-Ainu speakers, but nevertheless this is made up for by the fascinating music of others.