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YMO / RYUICHI SAKAMOTO/YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI

YMO / RYUICHI SAKAMOTO/YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI

Pioneering technopop trio of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yujiro Takahashi active from the late 70s to early 80s. Plus solo albums and productions of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi

SANDII

SANDII

Multilingual Japanese singer in mainly Hawaiian albums, others with Asian and other world influences.

KURICORDER QUARTET

KURICORDER QUARTET

The brilliant quartet playing recorders, ukuleles, tuba, percussion and more in a variety of styles, all with great skill and laced with plenty of humour. A joyous sound.

SHIBUSASHIRAZU

SHIBUSASHIRAZU

Amazing big band who combine elements of jazz with rock, Japanese enka, Japanese pop, Latin, dance and experimental avant garde.

TOMITA

TOMITA

One of world's greatest innovators and creators of electronic and synthesizer music.

BLUE ASIA / CAFE series

BLUE ASIA / CAFE series

Makoto Kubota's brilliant Blue Asia Hotel series (recorded in Bangkok, Vietnam, Istanbul, Hawaii, Bali) and their accompanying cafe compilations of traditional music from the same areas compiled by Kubota.


THE BOOM / GANGA ZUMBA

THE BOOM / GANGA ZUMBA

Great songs, diverse influences from rock and pop to Brazilian and Balinese, one of Japan's top groups.

GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI

GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI

The amazing Japanese gamelan world hi-tech sound of Geinoh Yamashirogumi.

HASHIKEN

HASHIKEN

Japanese folk singer songwriter with reggae and Okinawan influences.

HIBARI MISORA

HIBARI MISORA

Probably Japan's greatest ever singer- Hibari sang enka, jazz, minyo, kayokyoku and other styles.

HEATWAVE

HEATWAVE

One of Japan's greatest rock bands, with a Celtic edge to their sound.

HARUOMI HOSONO

HARUOMI HOSONO

Musical genius in different guises, solo, with Yellow Magic Orchestra, Tin Pan Alley and Happy End. World Music pioneer.

TAKIO ITO

TAKIO ITO

One of Japan's best male singers, performing miníyo (Japanese folk) and adding rock, Asian and other elements.

SACHIKO KANENOBU

SACHIKO KANENOBU

Female singer, famous in the 70s, who made a comeback album mixed by Makoto Kubota. Asian and world influences.

MAKOTO KUBOTA

MAKOTO KUBOTA

Musician and producer who has championed Asian and world music for nearly thirty years. From his earliest to most recent projects.

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO

Shamisen player and singer mixes Japanese traditional music with rock ëní roll and large dose of humour.

MARIMBA TROPICANA

MARIMBA TROPICANA

Japanese marimba group play Latin and Cuban standards and some western covers.

KAZUYOSHI NAKAMURA

KAZUYOSHI NAKAMURA

Talented songwriter with an ear for Brit pop and a great melody.

SIZZLE OHTAKA

SIZZLE OHTAKA

Sometimes called Japan's best female singer, world, jazz and avant garde influences.

OKI

OKI

Ainu (native Japanese) singer and tonkori (lute) player, including accompanied by Umeko Ando, an elder Ainu female singer.


ONDEKOZA

ONDEKOZA

The original Japanese drummers group from Sado Island.

SAYOKO

SAYOKO

Reggae, club and world influences from female singer.

SHANG SHANG TYPHOON

SHANG SHANG TYPHOON

One of Japan's foremost roots music groups mix Okinawan, Asian, Japanese, Hawaiian and other music into compelling concoction.

YASUAKI SHIMIZU

YASUAKI SHIMIZU

Saxophone player most famous for his renditions of Bach's cello suites.

SOIL & 'PIMP' SESSIONS

SOIL & 'PIMP' SESSIONS

Explosive jazz from Giles Petersen faves

SOUL FLOWER UNION/ MONONOKE SUMMIT/TAKASHI NAKAGAWA

SOUL FLOWER UNION/ MONONOKE SUMMIT/TAKASHI NAKAGAWA

SOUL-CIALIST ESCAPE Kansai's finest rock band with chindon, punk, Irish, Japanese and Okinawan influences in various guises, all with attitude.

SUPER BUTTER DOG

SUPER BUTTER DOG

Folk, funk, soul and rock mixture.

UA

UA

One of Japan's finest female singers, cool pop with hints of reggae, Hawaiian, reggae and African music. Unique voice and music.

AKIKO YANO

AKIKO YANO

Veteran female pop/jazz musician who aside to solo albums has recorded with YMO, Rei Harukami and numerous others.

YUKI YAMAUCHI

YUKI YAMAUCHI

Probably the best non-Hawaiian slack key guitar player, recorded with his teacher, Ray Kane.

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