Sketches of Myahk
The musician and the producer Makoto Kubota took a research journey to the Miyakojima islands, south of Okinawa after some spiritual experience deep in the Kumano mountains in 2007. There he met enormous musical and cultural heritages in conjunction with the spiritual roots of ancient Japan. He discovered elaborate religious rituals and songs held by selected village women and work songs with strong beat to give them the strength to survive through 3 centuries of feudal slavery. Their language also contains a higher rate of Japanese ancient words than modern Japanese does.
The film director Koichi Onishi followed in the footsteps of Kubota and took his camera along to film their performances and the unique daily life which is full of religious rituals. Kubota eventually finds the sugarcane farmers and the fishermen's wives who sing their own unique songs about their Gods and ancestors. He then successfully organized showcase concerts and brought them to Tokyo to perform. Some of the members are over 90 years old and came to Tokyo for the very first time.
This film also tells about the cultural heritage of the islands, Miyako-jima (Locally pronounced as Myahk). It is exemplified by old songs known as "Aagu", based on medieval or ancient song improvisation. There are also "Kamiuta", which are sacred songs sung when shamanic women pray in frequent rituals, sometimes in a trance-like state. The residents have been singing and passing on these songs for many generations. Faced with the crisis of extinction, this documentary explores the long hidden rituals, where the "Kamiuta" the sacred songs are sung and how related memories are passed on.
This film showcases many of their songs as well as interviews about the lifestyle and religious beliefs of Miyako, Myahk.
NTSC, Region Code 2, 104 minutes.
Second instalment of producer Makoto Kubota's love with the ancient Kamiuta and Koyo (prayer) songs of Miyako island sung by octogenarians. Various interesting artists from Japan and overseas join the project including from Miyako, Harneys Sarahama, Marino from Black Wax (sax), Daichi Ito (drums), OMFO from Ukraine resident inAmsterdam, and UBK, leader of surf rock band Boom Pam from Israel.
1. Kanashagama 2. Hidawa no Misu (Remix by UBK) 3. Hoiya -Yusuma no Shu 4. Nunu Ushami nu Aagu 5. Shougatsu Aagu Yotsudake 6. Maigumui Mauayaha 7. Namasu no Gu 8. Nishihara no Kuichah 9. Hoiya - Yusuma no Shu (Remix by OMFO) 10. Neema no Shu 11. Hidagawa no Mizu 12. Maigumui Mauyaha (Remix by OMFO) 13. Kannaagi Aagu 14. Hide San no Kuichah
Blue Yaima (Produced by Makoto Kubota)
When one of your favourite musicians is produced by one of your favourite producers, expectations are high. The great Yaeyama musician Tetsuhiro Daiku, is here produced by Makoto Kubota. Daiku has released several groundbreaking albums, equally at home with the traditional or the experimental. Kubota has been responsible for introducing Japanese and worldwide audiences to the music of Okinawa, Indonesia and many other countries through his productions and his acclaimed Blue Asia project. Guests include Daichi Ito of instrumental band Sakerock and Rocket Matz of avant-garde band Pascals.
MAKOTO KUBOTA & SUNSET GANG (YUYAKE GAKUDAN)
Lucky Old Sun + 1 (SHM-CD) (cardboard jacket)
This album from 1977 is considered to be a Sunset Gang masterpiece on which they are joined by a stellar cast of collaborators. These include Haruomi Hosono (vocals), Ronnie Barron, Amos Garett and Geof Muldaur. 9 tracks. 1. Hi no Ataru Tokotoe 2. Oh Susanna 3. Mata Hoehajimetayo 4. Lucky Old Sun 5. Funky Walking Boy 6. Paradise eno Michi 7. Smokey Joe no Cafe 9. Koi no Slow Boat 9. Maboroshi + Extra Track - Lucky Old Sun (Single Version)
Makoto Kubota Remix - The Goshu Ondo
Makoto Kubota remixes Goshu Ondo, the traditional bon dance music from Shiga prefecture, here sung by top female singer Yuriko Sakuragawa. Three remixes, plus three instrumentals and the original recording.
1. Senryo Nobori ((VooDoo Ciranda) 2. Senryu Nobori (Massive Golywood Mix) 3. Senryu Nobori (80's Funk Style) 4. Senryo Ins. 1 5. Senryo Ins. 2 6. Senryo Ins 3 7. Senryo Nobori (Original Recording)
Zomeki- Awa Grooves & Remixes
Remix album of the Koenji Awa Odori Zomeki album, previously recorded and released by Makoto Kubota. From tribal sounds to cool laid back remixes by Kubota and various other remixers. Recommended.
1. Zomeki no.28 "ikaking mix" by Hitoshi Hosokawa 2. Zomeki no.29 "mpc down-groove" by nk-777 3. Zomeki no.30 "riddim mania mix" by Yoshiharu Takeda 4. Zomeki no.31 "awa dream mix" by Jazz Computer 5. Zomeki no.32 "awa the abstract remix" by Ambient Chameleon 6. Zomeki no.33 "awa dance" by DT Construction 7. Zomeki no.34 "amacha mix" by Amacha 8. Zomeki no.35 by JUZU a.k.a. MOOCHY 9. Zomeki no.36 "michinoque trance mix" by Shunsaku Koseki 10. Zomeki no.37 "maraca-fonki" by Makoto Kubota 11. Zomeki no.38 "Tr s quartos do mundo" by DJ MAM & Rodrigo Sha feat. Juju Gomes and Marcos Suzano 12. Zomeki no.39 "naruto ocean beat" by Makoto Kubota
Zomeki Vol. 3
Street style Awa Dance performed by seven groups. This style is only played on kane (bell), oh-daiko (drum) and snare drums. They usualy play and walk on the streets far from the main event of the Awa Dance festival in Tokushima.
1. Kabuyu 2. Tatsumi 3. Bigetsu Ren 4. Kokesaku 5. Awaza-ryu 6. Nanasai Ren 7. Shinmachibashi Yoi Yoi Bayashi 8. DJ Sample by Shinmachibashi Yoi Yoi Bayashi 9. DJ Sample by Bigetsu Ren
Zomeki Vol. 2
Second volume of the Zomeki groove from the Awa Dance from Tokushima, recorded and produced by Makoto Kubota in Tokushima. Authentic Awa Dance performed by eight groups. Brilliant Japanese festival music.
1. Hachisuga Ren 2. Tsuda no Boni Odori 3. Gochadaira 4. Ebisu Ren 5. Tensui Ren 6. Ahou Ren 7. Ai Fubuki 8. Aoi Ren
Zomeki Vol. 1 Awa Odori in Koenji (2 CDs)
New release on Makoto Kubota's label. Awa Odori, or the Awa Dance Festival takes place in Tokushima, Shikoku every Obon, during August. It is considered the largest dance festival in Japan with about 1.3 million attending. Koenji is an area of Tokyo, popular with students, that has developed its own Awa Odori. It was started in 1956 by immigrants from Tokushima and has become the second largest dance festival in Japan with 12,000 dancers, 188 groups and over 1 million visitors. Kubota has become entranced with this Koenji Awa Odori, particularly the groove, the zomeki. This is a 2 CD 12 track set of those sounds, mainly taiko drums, kane bell and shinobue flute. It's a sound that has been heard in Japan for centuries but has become urbanized over time.
Traditional songs from Nishihara, Miyako island. Recorded and produced by Hatsuo Okuhara in 1974, mastered by Makoto Kubota in 2009. 22 tracks.
Traditional songs from Ikema islands, produced and recorded by Hatsuo Okuhara in the 70s, mastered by Makoto Kubota 2009. 18 tracks.
Traditional songs from Miyako and Tarama island. Featured singers; Hrneys Sarahama, Hiroshi Molishima & his group, Haruko Hamakawa, Hide Miyakuni.
1. Gudinpuu 2. Jurihouka 3. Matsugama Odori 4. Nakayamaabu 5. Amagui nu Uta 6. Maigumui Mauya 7. Myahk-Zutsu Aag 8. Kuichaa Odoi nu Aag 9. Niiima nu Shu 10. Agaizatu n-naka 11. Hidagawa no Mizu 12. Nakayatsu no Kaniku 13. Hounen no Aag 14. Weenma nu Eeg 15. Bakagamu nu Eeg 16. Nakayamabunari 17. Bangamuri
Traditional songs from Hateruma Vol. 1. Featuring Fujie Atofusoko and Mitsuko Nosoko.
Sketches of Myahk
Latest album from Makoto Kubota's Blue Asia project. This album focuses on the music of Miyako island, Okinawa. Kubota became fascinated with the ancient prayer music that he found, sung by 80 something year old grandmothers. These singers and musicians are combined with the ever tasteful electonic sounds and effects of Kubota and his Blue Asia pals.
1. Myahk 2. Ikema Kuduchi 3. Myahk-zutsu 1 4. Gudinpuu 5. Weenma nu Eeg 6. Kun-nu-Shu 7. Nakadati no Migagama 8. Nisu ga Tou 9. Myahk-zutsu 2. 10. Nakayamaabu 11. Tabihae no Aagu 12. Bangamuli 13. Nakadati no Migagama Remix 14. Myahk 2
Laid back, cool recordings of Balinese gamelan and singers set to Makoto Kubota's trademark soundscape and production of gentle beats, ambient and natural sounds. A mix of Balinese and Javanese music. Deeply relaxing. 1. Legian Road Morning 2. Ujuang - Banondari 3. First Snow in Bali 4. Ubud Walk 5. Bandung 6. Prayer 7. Funky Gendel 8. Dukun 9. Neleng 10. Bali Dream
Lucky Old Sun
This album from 1977 is considered to be a Sunset Gang masterpiece on which they are joined by a stellar cast of collaborators. These include Haruomi Hosono (vocals), Ronnie Barron, Amos Garett and Geof Muldaur. 9 tracks. 1. Hi no Ataru Tokotoe 2. Oh Susanna 3. Mata Hoehajimetayo 4. Lucky Old Sun 5. Funky Walking Boy 6. Paradise eno Michi 7. Smokey Joe no Cafe 9. Koi no Slow Boat 9. Maboroshi
MAKOTO KUBOTA & THE SUNSET GANG
From 1979, Makoto Kubota & The Sunset Gang's New Orleans influenced classic album, another masterpiece of Japanese rock. This album features Haruomi Hosono (korg), Sandii (vocals), Levon Helm (drums), Ronnie Barron (piano), Hiroshi Sato (piano). 10 tracks. 1. Raphsody 2. Mama Liza's Cafe 3. Hey! Pocky A-Way 4. Dixie Chicken 5. Roochoo Gumbo 6. Kouga Funauta 7. Lover Please 8. Iko Iko 9. Issho ni Aruite!! 10. Walking to New Orleans
Produced by Makoto Kubota. Morio Agata has been making records since the early 70s. He became known as one of the 'gentle generation' of singer/songwriters, influenced by American folk but with more than a nod to post and pre-war Japanese pop. Since the 1980s he became influenced by world music and has been a long time collaborator of Makoto Kubota and in the early 90s formed the excellent group Raizo. Kubota, in case you don't know, is one of Japan's most innovative and brilliant producers, whose most recent project, Blue Asia has gained international acclaim. This album celebrates 35 years since Agata's first record, is a mix of old and new material, some inspired by the author Taruho Inagaki. Tracks include a version of Tokyo Bushi, with Japanese lyrics set to Marching Through Georgia, that has become a standard folk tune in Japan, complete with a Northeastern Brazilian rhythm session and guest vocals from Haruomi Hosono, an Arabic/dub version of Submarine, a Gypsy meets Bellydance mix on the song Sexi Sexi, and other world influences. Strong songs, great production, highly recommended. 12 tracks plus one bonus mix of Tokyo Bushi.
After trips to Vietnam and Bangkok, Makoto Kubota and Blue Asia stop over in Morocco. In June 2005 Kubota went to the Festival D'Essaouria Gnaoua. There he met musicians who would record this album in November the same year; Maghrebs from Essaouria, Berbers from Agadir and Arabic musicians from Casablanca. These include a young maalem (master musician) Youssef Gnawa and one of the founders of the festival and musician Abdeslam Alikkane who both sing and play the gemburi (3 stringed percussive long necked lute). They are joined by musicians on qarqab (large metal castanets) and rubab (bowed lute). One of Kubota's main interests in recent years has been the music of Nordeste, Recife, Brazil, and in typical Kubota fashion, he combines the sounds of Morocco and Northeast Brazil in a completely new mix. The Brazilian guests include vocalist Erasto Vasconcelos on the opening track Mil Tambores while the dub version of the song features pandeiro and other Brazilian percussion by players featured on an album by Belgium's Think of One. Elsewhere are hypnotic sounding Moroccan trance tunes with atmospheric layers of keyboards, beats and samples from Makoto and the other Blue Asians.
Makoto Kubota and Blue Asia have produced another extraordinary album, this time centering on the music of Thailand. Many of the tracks have some morlam (northeasten) roots, with the chuggish, almost reggae like rhythms. There's plenty of phin (lute) khaen (mouth organ) and both male and female morlam singing. Blue Asia add keyboards and rhythm programming, but unlike the glossy or cheesy synths that blight some Thai albums, this backing is always sophicticated, cool, original and tasteful. Elsewhere some of the tracks have a more pan-Asian feel, with echoes of past recording locations of Vietnam or Bali. There are some great female singers; the fairly pop but definitely Thai, Apple. Lady Nan is more of a lukthung (Thai country) singer, while Chawiwan Damhuen is one of the greatest tradiitional morlam singers.Kubota has great fun with Dub Kornkaen, his dub production of morlam making perfect sense.Serves as a great album in its own right but also as a good introduction to the wonderful roots music of Thailand.
The latest project by the Japanese/Malay project is probably their best yet. Under the inspiring producer Makoto Kubota, Blue Asia went to Vietnam to record with local muisicians. They made some real discoveries, especially among the vocalists, who add new colour to well known Vietnamese tunes, and create some new mixtures, rooted in Vietnam but with the added brilliance of Kubota and co. Click Read About for the full story.
Blue Asia is the brain child of Japanese producer Makoto Kubota. He toured the world in the 1980s with his group the Sunset Gang, and the later the Sunsetz. He introduced Okinawan and Asian elements into his music, eventually becoming a full time producer, working with a variety of artists from Indonesia (Elvy Sukaesih, Detty Kurnia) to Madagascar (Njava). His co-conspiritors in Blue Asia are long time assistant Yoichi Ikeda and Malaysians Mac Chew and Jenny Chin, both Berklee graduates and top arrangers. Hotel Ibah is their first album featured around the gamelan music of Bali. As always with Kubota's projects, the is of the highest quality. Original, inspiring, a cool ambience of jegog bamboo gamelan, kecak chants, suling flutes, bells, chimes and more blended together with stylized electronic backing.
BLUE ASIA/MAKOTO KUBOTA
Hotel Ibah (with DVD)
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DVD with music by four Asian musicians produced and mixed by Makoto Kubota. Balinese and Sundanese gamelan expertly melded together by a master producer with some Turkish and Middle Eastern influences broadening the soundscape. More mellow than most things Kubota's done but this makes great late night listening and on headphones.The visuals are of scenes, images, festivals, and people of Bali, beatifully put together.
BLUE ASIA/MAKOTO KUBOTA
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One of Kubota's long time dreams has been to work and record with Turkish musicians which he finally achieves here. A kind of jazzy Arabic groove, as always with Kubota, cleverly produced. Features on one track the equally clever Sabah Habas Mustapha.
Third album in Kubota's fascinating 'hotel' series, and after Bali and Turkey, this time focused on Hawaii. Featuring Yuki Yamauchi and Martin Pahinui, Kubota leaves his trademark sound and innovation as always.
Compilation of Blue Asia/Makoto Kubota's three superb 'Hotel' albums: Ibah (Bali) Istanbul (Turkey) and Waimea (Hawaii).
Accompanying CD to Blue Asia's Hotel Morocco. Compiled by Makoto Kubota, includes new recordings of some of featured artists on Hotel Morocco, such as Youssef Gnawa, other new recordings of some deeply rootsy, hypnotic gnawa and other Moroccan music many performed live and solo. 13 fantastic tracks.
Compiled by Makoto Kubota to go with the Blue Asia Hotel Bangkok CD. Eight tracks are taken from the excellent tradtional recordings of Thai music from various King Records series. These include phin (guitar) solo, traditional morlam singing with khaen accompaniment, jahke (zither) pong laang (xylophone) and pee (reed oboe). The other five tracks are superb new recordings by Makoto Kubota in Thailand of a small combo playing some sublime traditional tunes. Wonderful.
An album of Vietnamese and 'Indo-Chinese' music from the King catalogue compiled by Makoto Kubota, who recorded his 'Hotel Vietnam' for the same label. An excellent selection that takes you on a discovery of local traditions.
Tracks from the King World Music library, compiled and mastered by Makoto Kubota. Not much more than old tracks reissued into a hip package, but Kubota has chosen well with music from Burma, Timor, Madagascar, Mongolia, Greece, Nepal, Vietnam and elsewhere. Hugely enjoyable CD that is full of discoveries.
Compiled by Makoto Kubota from the King World Music catalogue of various world music. Part 2 of the equally excellent World Cafe.
MAKOTO KUBOTA AND YUYAKE GAKUDAN
Remixes of classic material from Makoto and the Sunset Gang, includes Hasai Ojisan.
Aloha Therapy - Ambient Hawaii
Makoto Kubota has arranged the takes from Sandii's album into a relaxing, ambient sound.
VARIOUS / MAKOTO KUBOTA
Project featuring several top Asian singers.
Spirit of Healing - India
Makoto Kubota's first Indian excursion features various musicians recorded in Chennai on bamboo flute, violin, sitar, veena, dilruba, steel guitar, mandolin, tabla, dholak, udu and some superb vocalists to which Kubota has addded his trademark programmed beats, keyboards plus guitar and bass. His Blue Asia pals, Jenny Chin, Mac Chew and Yoichi Ikeda all help out at various points too. All tunes are Kubota or Blue Asia originals except for a wonderful version of Ever So Lonely. Quality Indian chill out music but not quite like anything you've heard before.
Compiled by Makoto Kubota, second volume of Nordeste Atomico. More killer tracks from the Brazilian northeast and includes the unreleased Mio Mazda meets DJ Dolores on the deep samba mix of Cha De Camara and a field recording by Makoto Kubota. 17 pulsating tracks.
Viva Carnavalista - Mio Matsuda meets Deep Samba
Mio Matsuda is a Japanese singer who sings (very well) in Portuguese. What makes this album really worth checking out is the producer, Makoto Kubota, the man behind some great music for past 30 years and in recent years, the acclaimed Blue Asia. It definitely has that Kubota trademark sound and even has a Blue Asia mix of Lambada. Kubota has been obsessed recently with the Brazlian nordeste music and this album was recorded in Recife with some superb musicians. There are various other Kubota mixes - the intriguing Forrobada- another two versions of the Lambada and overall about 42 minutes of Brazilian bliss.
Nordeste Atomico Vol.1
Fantastic Makoto Kubota compilation of music from Recife, northern Brazil. Brazilian, rock and club music mixture. Chegada / Abissal E Os Caboclos Envenenados Vento Corredor (Tin E Cacapa) / Tin Gaiola De Saudade / Maciel Salu E O Terno Do Terreiro Maracatu Indiano / Maracatu Nacao Pernanbuco Mucun / Renata Rosa Evolucao de Bateria / Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante O Samba Chegou / Bonsucesso SambaClube Container / Mombojo Caburera "Magistrado Ladrao" Parari / Biu Roque Asa Branca / Zabe da Loca Forro Do Camarao (trad.) Olha O Mateus / Orquestra Popular do Recife Atomico / Makoto Kubota Fuloresta Do Samba / Siba.
MAKOTO KUBOTA & YUYAKE GAKUDAN
Makoto Kubota and his Yuyake Gakudan (Sunset Orchestra) made some seminal albums back in the 70s and 80s with rock, folk, blues and world mixtures. This best of double album features original recordings(disc 1) and his island mixes(disc 2).
On The Border
Recorded in Cajun country, New Orleans and Woodstock, Kubota's first solo album mixes cajun, blues, rock and country with covers of 'I Can See Clearly Now', 'Me & Bobby McGee' and the Hawaiian blues, 'Waimanalo Blues'. Includes guests Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of the Band. The best tracks are where Kubota's own style is most in evidence, particularly on the Cajun and blues tracks. Overall, excellent.
Compiled by Makoto Kubota from the King World Music catalogue of various world music. Part 2 of the equally excellent World Cafe.
Spirit of Healing - Bali
Makoto Kubota has created a superb album of Balinese (and Javanese) soundscapes, from gamelan jegog to suling overlaid with cool beats and some natural sounds of the forest. Quite similar to Blue Asia's first album Hotel Ibah, but more laid back. As ever with Makoto Kubota this is a high quality album, great to chill out to, but equally great as a pure listening experience.