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Kiiyama Shoten

KIIYAMA SHOTEN

Kiiyama Shoten

Ref: FSD6425


Price: 11.99

Best of album by popular three piece group from Ishigaki mixing Latin, reggae and other styles into an Okinawan concoction. Energetic and funny. Includes the hit Okinawa Rock 'n' Roll. 9 tracks.



Churasong-Chu

DJ SASA WITH THE ISLANDERS

Churasong-Chu

Ref: FSD6364


Price: 24.99

The omnipresent DJ Sasa with his group record some of the most popular Okinawan songs including Haisai Ojisan, Shima Uta, Hana, Nada Sou Sou, Bashofu, Tinsagu nu Hana and adds a splash of reggae, dub and other 'tropical' styles. 10 tracks.



Okinawa - Shima Girl

VARIOUS

Okinawa - Shima Girl

Ref: FSD6340


Price: 21.99

Yet another album featuring DJ Sasa. Selection of current female Okinawan singers.

1. Lucy - Shima Uta 2. Mount Sugar - Yorokobi No Uta 3. Ohshiro Lan - Tinsagu nu Hana 4. Fujiko Shuri - Aoi Sakana 5. Sar Hoo Hoo- Hana 6. Yurika Oyama with DJ Sasa - Deigo 7. Orange Clover -Kokoro Ton Ton 8. Kawamitsu Sayaka with DJ Sasa - Ougon No Hana 9. Chihiro Kamiya - Water Is Wide 10. Atsuko Hiyajo- Yuuhi No Uta 11. DJ Sasa with Chura Lovers - Tsuki Nu Kaisha 12. Abikomegumi eith DJ Sasa - Itta Anma Makaiga 13. DJ Sasa with Chura Lovers - Asadoya Yunta


Bang--a-Muli

BLACK WAX

Bang--a-Muli

Ref: FSD6321


Price: 21.99

Four piece band from Miyako island, Okinawa, produced by Makoto Kubota. Bass, drums, sax and keyboards playing dub, funk and other styles in a wonderful concoction of sounds.

1. Black Works [Marino Ikemura] 2. Brisa of Mid Summer [Marino Ikemura] 3. Just a little bit [Rosco Gordon] 4. Wave [Antnio Carlos Jobim] 5. St, Thomas [Sonny Rollins] 6. Bang-a muli 7. Afro Blue [Mongo Santamaria] 8. Starting Line [Mikio Okuhira] 9. Nimbia [Black Wax] 10. Chameleon [Herbie Hancock / Benny Maupin / Harvey Mason / Paul Jackson] 11. Chill out Groove [Mikio Okuhira] 12. Imagination [Black Wax]


Naak Nee

BLACK WAX

Naak Nee

Ref: FSD6322


Price: 19.99

First album by Miyako island group, with jazz, Brazilian, reggae and other influences produced by Makoto Kubota.

1. Cissy Strut 2. Mercy Mercy 3. Blue Moon 4. Ipanema 5. So What! 6. Shake your Heads 7. Brazil 8. Bonus Track


Uta no Ichi Okinawa Folk Mura

OKINAWA FOLK MURA

Uta no Ichi Okinawa Folk Mura

Ref: FSD6263


Price: 13.99

Compilation album of Okinawa Folk Mura featuring Yutaka Sadoyama and Shinya Mayonaka. 1960s style 'folk', this album was originally released in 1972 when Okinawa reverted to Japan from the USA. The opening track especially encompassed feelings of the Okinawan people at that time and became a huge hit.

1. Yutaka Sadoyama / Duu-chui-munii 2. Sumio Kita / Ikite Iyoune 3. Hiroshi Nohina / Shureimon 4. Kankuro / Shirayukihime-chan Kanashiinoka 5. Kankuro / Akkerakan 6. Jeans / Yuuna no Hana 7. Jeans / Akata Sundunchi 8. Iguchi & Fukuharu / Heibon de Hitonami ni 9. Shimon Sei / Sora narukana Sora ni Sora Narukana 10. Chieko Takahara & Sono Furoku / Mizu ga Hoshii 11. Shinya Mayonaka / Wataa Shima Uchinaa


Ryukyu Driving

DJ SASA WITH WICKED FRIENDS

Ryukyu Driving

Ref: FSD6264


Price: 18.99

DJ Sasa's best of album celebrating 10 years of producing Okinawan music. Includes tracks from popular albums such as the 'Nchu' series, 'Island Souls Reggae' and 'Chura Lovers'. Plus newly recorded cover songs such as Nenes' Ougon no Hana and the local hit Sayonara no Natsu by Kiiyama Shoten.

1. Intro 2. Sayaka Kawamitsu / Sayonara no Natsu 3. Megumi Abiko / Choo Choo Train 4. Masae Nakata / Saboten no Hana 5. Yammy / Tsuyoki Hakanai Monotachi 6. Megumi Abiko / Season In The Sun 7. Cana / Shima Yakaraa 8. Hitoshi / Anmaa 9. Alisa Yamasato / Chon Chon Kijimunaa 10. Yurika Oyama / Tinsagu nu Hana 11. Yurika Oyama / Nagai Aida 12. Masae Nakata / Hana 13. Masae Nakata / Shimauta 14. Hitoshi Terao / Sayonara 15. Chihiro Kamiya / Chiisana Koi no Uta 16. Yammy / Shimanchu nu Takara 17. Karabisa / Mirai e 18. Ran Oshiro / Chinnuku Juushii 19. Oomari / Love Love Love 20. Sayaka Kawamitsu / Ougon no Hana 21. Alisa Yamasato / Asadoya Yunta 22. Outro (track 1- 22 non-stop mix) 23. Sayonara no Natsu (full version) 24. Ougon no Hana (full version)


Fuyusong-Chu

DJ SASA WITH THE ISLANDERS

Fuyusong-Chu

Ref: FSD6160


Price: 21.99

Various winter themed J-pop hits covered by DJ Sasa with The Islanders in Okinawan style sound and vocals. Brings back a few memories of some awful pop songs of the 1990s, complete with auto-tuned vocals.

1. Choo Choo Train 2. Romance No Kamisama 3. Silent Eve 4. Everything 5. Saboten No Hana 6. Kanashimi Ha Yuki No Youni 7. Ii Hi Tabidachi 8. White Breath 9. Departures 10. Fuyu No Riviera



Pork Tamago

YUKO NARISOKO

Pork Tamago

Ref: FSD6161


Price: 19.99

Singer /songwriter from Ishigaki Island sings six of her own songs and two covers. Produced by Kazufumi Miyazawa of the Boom.

1. Tsutae Uta 2. Gokokuhoujou 3. Ano Umi He Kaeritai 4. Afureru Ai No Hajimari 5. Anata Ni Arigatou 6. Ano Hito No.ano Kotoba 7. Yorokobi No Uta 8. Furusato Kara No Koe


Uta-sha

AYANO UEMA

Uta-sha

Ref: FSD6058


Price: 26.99

Multi-layered, multi-textured, in fact probably too multi everything for its own good. First major album from extremely good female singer and sanshin player, from inspired arrangements, jaunty Okinawan tunes and haunting vocals to uillean pipes, bland rock, keyboards and an attempt to sound like any other J-pop singer. However, Ayano's too talented for that, and in the end, an album on which the good just about triumphs over the slightly dodgy.

1. Asadoya Yunta 2. Ayahaberu 3. Toone 4. Michi Akari 5. Tida Chichi Nu Hikari - Amazing Grace 6. Harikuyamaku 7. Kanashikute Yarikirenai 8. Koe Naki Inochi 9. Itsukushimi 10. Yume No Kuni 11. Imi Shijiku 12. Koe Naki Inochi (bonus version)



Best: 10th Anniversary (2 CDs)

ISAMU SHIMOJI

Best: 10th Anniversary (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6022


Price: 29.99

10 year anniversary album from popular Miyako island singer/songwriter. CD1 (Sei) is of more gentle songs, and CD2 (Dou) is more upbeat. Acoustic guitar, good singing, and most of all, quality songs.

CD1

1. Banta Ga Nmari Zuma 2. Yamatunu Kaji 3. Obaa 4. Kaeru Basho 5. 3% 6. Hai Agu 7. Last Waltz 8. Hamabe No Roujin 9. Ano Natsu No Hi 10. Mikai No Chi He 11. Hokori 12. Reset 13. Antamana 14. Oyaji He No Agu

CD2

1. Kaitakusha 2. Minshuu No Yakudou 3. Ougon No Kotoba 4. Lost My Sandal 5. Shinnen No Michi Nishi He 6. Waido 7. Ataraka No Hoshi 8. Jazui Myaku 9. Happy Bagafufa Day 10. Yumutsu Ami 11. Ibantsugama Karapirasu Funi 12. Sutiukadina 13. Zumi 14. Kari 15. Kokoro No Uta



Best: 10th Anniversary (2 CDs + DVD) (Limited Edition)

ISAMU SHIMOJI

Best: 10th Anniversary (2 CDs + DVD) (Limited Edition)

Ref: FSD6023


Price: 32.99

Same as above CD with bonus DVD of promo video clips.

CD1

1. Banta Ga Nmari Zuma 2. Yamatunu Kaji 3. Obaa 4. Kaeru Basho 5. 3% 6. Hai Agu 7. Last Waltz 8. Hamabe No Roujin 9. Ano Natsu No Hi 10. Mikai No Chi He 11. Hokori 12. Reset 13. Antamana 14. Oyaji He No Agu

CD2

1. Kaitakusha 2. Minshuu No Yakudou 3. Ougon No Kotoba 4. Lost My Sandal 5. Shinnen No Michi Nishi He 6. Waido 7. Ataraka No Hoshi 8. Jazui Myaku 9. Happy Bagafufa Day 10. Yumutsu Ami 11. Ibantsugama Karapirasu Funi 12. Sutiukadina 13. Zumi 14. Kari 15. Kokoro No Uta

DVD

1. Banta Ga Nmari Zuma 2. Yamatunu Kaji 3. Ataraka No Hoshi 4. Obaa 5. 3% 6. Minshuu No Yakudou 7. Ibantsugama Karapirasu Funi


Summer Song Chu

DJ SASA WITH THE ISLANDERS

Summer Song Chu

Ref: FSD6005


Price: 21.99

DJ Sasa arranges J-pop songs with a summer theme, into his successful mix of reggae and Okinawan music.Shima uta style singing, hayashi, sanshin with a reggae beat. Geat fun.

1. Shima Uta 2. Season In The Sun 3. Manatsu No Yo No Yume 4. Sekai De Ichiban Atsui Natsu 5. Futari No Natsu Monogatari-never Ending Summer- 6. Natsu Nandesu 7. Natsuyasumi 8. Futari No Ai Land 9. Me Gumi No Hito 10. Natsu No Hi No 1993



Ghiblinchu

DJ SASA WITH THE ISLANDERS

Ghiblinchu

Ref: FSD5735


Price: 22.99

Produced by Okinawa DJ-Sasa (of Ska Lovers) with covers of songs from Studio Ghibli films done Okinawa style. Gentle pop, reggae, ska. Hugely enjoyable.

1. Yasashisa Ni Tsutsumareta Nara 2. Sanpo 3 .Kaze No Tani No Nausicaa 4. Tonari No Totoro 5. Teru No Uta 6. Mononoke Hime 7. Arietty`s Song 8. Gake No Ue No Ponyo 9. Kimi Wo Nosete 10. Take Me Home. Country Roads


Ryukyu Beatles 2

SOUL GAKUDAN

Ryukyu Beatles 2

Ref: FSD5593


Price: 23.99

Volume 2 of Beatles covers played on Okinawan instruments by Toru Yonaha (sanshin), Kazunari Kamichi (taiko), Yoko Okinaga (koto) and Natsuko Morita (erhu/fiddle).

1. A Hard Day`s Nighit 2. I Feel Fine 3. Love Me Do 4. Yesterday 5. Drive My Car 6. Please Please Me 7. And I Love Her 8. From Me To You 9. We Can Work It Out 10. Eleanor Rigby 11. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds 12. Let It Be 13. Something 14. Get Back 15. All You Need Is Love



Lovers Ska - Sing With You

SKA LOVERS

Lovers Ska - Sing With You

Ref: FSD5581


Price: 22.99

Second album from the Ska meets Okinawa meets J-pop oufit. Sanshin player Kanako and DJ Sasa continue the good work from the first album with more jaunty arrangements of J-pop tunes with the help of a big band. Songs by Puffy, Denki Groove and Magokoro Brothers among the ten tracks.

1. Zenryoku Shonen 2. Summer Nude 3. Sekai wa Sore o Ai to Yobu 4. Tashika na Koto 5. Mikazuki 6. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etc 7. Shone Jidai 8. Butterfly 9. Shangri-La 10. Aitai na



Etc..Works Mongol 800

MONGOL 800

Etc..Works Mongol 800

Ref: FSD5529


Price: 23.99

Fifth album released in 2008 to mark the band's 10th anniversary. Collaborations with other Okinawan bands and some of just the band. Notable for those collaborations that include Misako Koja, Ryukyudisko, Rip Slyme and Black Bottom Brass Band.

1. Rakki 8 2. Daimeiwaku 3. Beautiful - with Black Bottom Brass Band 4. Wa 5. Nasaki - with Ryukyudisko 6. Remember - with Rip Slyme 7. Hitori Janai - with SOFFet 8. Oba Rappu Warutsu 9. Party - with Stinking Blue Beat 10. Sayonara 11. 29 no Haru - with Skaymates 12. Momo - with Misako Koja 13. Asadoya Yuntack



Seishun no Tabidachi

SHUNICHI IREI

Seishun no Tabidachi

Ref: FSD5530


Price: 26.99

Singer songwriter from Izena Island, Okinawa. Learned sanshin at school, and studied Ryukyu classical music at university. He is a descendant of King Shoen, a king of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Had a hit single on an indie label in Okinawa before signing to a major label. Pop ballads and upbeat tunes with undercurrents of Okinawa such as some sanshin accompaniment.

1. Sensei 2. Seishun no Tabidachi 3. Umoreta Kotoba ni Yume o Sagashite 4. Shiawase Datte Koto 5. Okurareruka 6. Chanpuru Island 7. Natsu Ga Kita! 8. Tonde 9. Hana Yo 10. Rin Rin Rin 11. Sokode Umareta Boku no Uta



Lovers Ska Okinawa Style- J-Pop Cover Songs

SKA LOVERS

Lovers Ska Okinawa Style- J-Pop Cover Songs

Ref: FSD4981


Price: 22.99

Hugely enjoyable album fronted by sanshin player and singer Kanako Horiyuchi and keyboard player, programmer and producer DJ Sasa. The unlikely scenario on this is Kanako and DJ Sasa have arranged well known Japanese pop songs into an Okinawan style and 60s ska and rocksteady mixture. They've added 70s and 80s guitar and keyboard sounds, sampling, drum programming and engaged the help of at least sixteen brass musicians playing sax, trumpet and trombone. It works because it feels an entirely natural mix, and discernably Okinawan.



Uta Sagashi - Asia no Kaze (2 CDs)

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Uta Sagashi - Asia no Kaze (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD5260


Price: 36.99

Okinawan singer Rimi Natsukawa is popular in Taiwan as well (geographically it's as close as Japan) and on this album she covers Chinese hit songs in Japanese on CD 1 and in Chinese on CD 2.

CD1. 1.Ye Lai Xiang 2. Mo Li Hua 3. Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin 4. He Ri Jun Zai Lai 5. Toki No Nagare Ni Mi Wo Makase 6. Shiki No Uta 7. Shi Shang Zhi You Ma Ma Hao 8. Soshuu Yakyoku 9. Nagai Aida 10. Sakura 11. Wakare No Yokan Duet With Teresa Teng

CD2.

1. Ye Lai Xiang 2. Mo Li Hua 3. Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin 4. He Ri Jun Zai Lai 5. Wo Zhi Zai Hu Ni 6. Si Ji Ge 7. Shi Shang Zhi You Ma Ma Hao 8. Su Zhou Ye Qu 9. Hen Ai Hen Ai Ni 10. Ying Hua



Rimi Natsukawa Okinawa Uta- Ryukyu no Kaze wo Kanjite

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Rimi Natsukawa Okinawa Uta- Ryukyu no Kaze wo Kanjite

Ref: FSD5145


Price: 19.99

Rimi Natsukawa releases a new album and sings a selection of Okinawan favourites. Tracks include Nada Sou Sou, Warabigami, Bashofu, Tinsagu nu Hana, Asadoya Yunta, Shima Uta, Hana, Shimajima Kaisha, Akata Sundunchi and Tsuki nu Kaisha.



Agoo Road

ALL JAPAN GOITH

Agoo Road

Ref: FSD4868


Price: 22.99

Agoo Road is an eight piece band from Okinawa, on various horns including trumpet, trombone and saxophone with a vocalist, guitarist and bassist. They play mostly well known Okinawan folk songs, plus pop and their own original songs in a ska, dub and reggae style.

1. Arigatosan 2. Haisai Ojisan - Crazy Kachasee 3. Flower Gutzman 4. Akata Sundunchi - Tinsagu nu Hana 5. The Days of Drink and Ska! - Sake to Ska no Hibi 6. Hanasaka Jiisan 7. Shimanchu nu Takara - Koishikute 8. Utage no Uta 9. Katate ni Sanshin o 10. Cecil 11. Koi no Dial 6700 12. Every 13. Otsukisama ga Warattera 14. Yume no Hana (remix)


Kokoro no Uta (2 CD + DVD)

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Kokoro no Uta (2 CD + DVD)

Ref: FSD4652


Price: 44.99

A bit like buses, Rimi Natsukawa doesn't release anything for a couple of years and then along come two. Well, sort of. This 2 CD set and limited edition with a DVD, is one new studio album and one live album. The studio album includes her most recent singles, the live CD is of nine tracks and includes her biggest hit Nada Sousou, while the DVD is 60 minutes of a live concert in Nagoya in 2008.



Kokoro no Uta (2 CDs)

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Kokoro no Uta (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD4653


Price: 31.99

The above set but without the additional DVD.



The Vibe of the People

ISAMU SHIMOJI

The Vibe of the People

Ref: FSD5051


Price: 22.99

Currently popular singer/songwriter from Miyako island, who always sings in the Miyako direct. Recently released an album with Masaru Shimabukuro from Begin as 'Shimobuku Record'.

1. Minshu no Yakudo (The Vibe of the People) 2. Pizala de Samba 3. Unmei no Kugi 4. Idainaru America Sekken 5. Mikai no Tochie 6. Hankotsu no Shima - Araragama 7. Last Waltz 8. Asa no Sanpomichi 9. Mi U Tu 10. Kaeru Basho 11. Akisharu - Yoake 12. We Decide - Ketsudan no Toki


No Refuge

ISAMU SHIMOJI

No Refuge

Ref: FSD5679


Price: 24.99

Eighth album from Miyako island singer/songwriter. Shimoji's vocals and guitar accompanied by bass, piano, drums, electric and strings. Strong sungs sung in the Miyako dialect from this popular artist both in Okinawa and on the mainland. Brilliant songs wonderfully performed.

1. Kari 2. Sa 3. Reset 4. Amazarashi No Isu 5. Akatz 6. Ureshiku Naritai 7. Hyena No Kanashimi 8. Atudama Du Upudama 9. Last Waltz 10. Hamabe No Roujin



3%

ISAMU SHIMOJI

3%

Ref: FSD3879


Price: 24.99

Isamu Shimoji is a folk style singer / songwriter from Miyako island in Okinawa. Strong voice, good songs accompanied by guitar. 13 tracks. 1. 3% 2. Hokori 3. Matsu no Ki Monogatari 4. Shinnen no Michi - Nishi e 5. Asuyaki Midun 6. Yapai Yapai 7. Ore wa Utatteiru 8. Shinpin Joto Densetsu 9. Seito-ya 10. Inutsu 11. The Nisha Takuitsu 12. Yadubasu 13. Mr.Kama no Kuro



Nakayukui

WIZ-US

Nakayukui

Ref: FSD3780


Price: 26.99

Wiz-Us are three Okinawan female singers, Ayano Oyakawa, Reika Higa and Rina Kinjo. On this album they cover various well known Okinawan songs, from traditional to those by pop duo Kiroro and punk group Mongol 800 in a reggae/Okinawa style.1. Ju-nana Sai (original Saori Minami) 2. Nagai Aida (original Kiroro) 3. Mirai Ni (original Kiroro) 4. Koi Shiku Te (original Begin) 5. Nada Sousou (original Begin) 6. Yorokobino Uta (original Mongol 800) 7. Hana (original Shokichi Kina) 8. Parade Shiyo-yo plus Okinawa traditional tunes.



Ribbon of the Hearts

KOCHI

Ribbon of the Hearts

Ref: FSD3711


Price: 20.99

Kochi are male/female Okinawa pop duo Takane Kochihira (vocal, guitar) from Okinawa and Yasuko Takahashi (vocal, sanshin). Fairly lightweight catchy songs. 7 tracks 1. Mirai Kanai e 2. Banmikase 3. Harumachi Koibana 4. Omoiuta 5. Anata ni Aitai 6. Sun Sing Song 7. Wo!kinawa Dance.



Uta Gusui

YANAWARABA

Uta Gusui

Ref: FSD3672


Price: 26.99

From Ishigaki island, Yanawaraba are pop female duo, and this is their first full album, produced by Ryoji from the group Kestumeishi. Fairly standard J-Okinawa pop.



Karabisa

JI MA MA

Karabisa

Ref: FSD3618


Price: 26.99

Ji Ma Ja is a solo project that started in Kyoto, before the artist moved to Okinawa. Singer songwriter style pop, the songs Okinawan influenced, with this album reaching number 1 in the local Okinawa charts. 14 tracks.



Majuun

SATOSHI KADEKARU

Majuun

Ref: FSD3600


Price: 24.99

Satoshi Kadekaru is a radio dj, TV presenter, and an ex-member of the comedy team Neenees. On this album he sings popular Ryukyu pop songs accompanied by guitar. 11 tracks including Eisa nu Yoru, Kaachan, Ojii no Sabani, Ue no Muite, Saa Miina! and Chura.



Rimi's Best Duet Songs

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Rimi's Best Duet Songs

Ref: FSD2990


Price: 20.99

Okinawan Rimi Natsukawa has become popular throughout Japan after a string of hit Okinawa light pop singles. On this album of duets she sings some of the most popular Okinawan influenced tunes of recent years, usually with the original artist and songwriter. 'Kana Yo Kana Yo' with Kazufumi Miyazawa, 'Warabigami' with Misako Koja, 'Michishirube' with Kiroro, 'Irayoi Tsukihama' with Yasukatsu Oshima, 'Famureuta' with Parsha Club, 'Nada Soso' with Ryoko Moriyama and Begin. Themed CD of easy listening Okinawan music dreamt up by a marketing department.



Ayakaji No Ne

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Ayakaji No Ne

Ref: FSD2824


Price: 20.99

Rimi Natsukawa has become a star in Japan with her pop Okinawan music with hits such as Nada Sou Sou. Her fourth album has thirteen songs written by both Okinawan and Japanese artists such as Misako Koja, Yasukatsu Oshima, Mamoru Miyagi, Kazufumi Miyzawa and Ryoko Moriyama. This CD includes her latest hit singles 'Kokoro Tsutae' and 'Sayounara Arigatou'.



Tida

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Tida

Ref: FSD2384


Price: 20.99

Full album by Okinawan lady singing star. The 11 tracks include 'Asadoya Yunta' 'Shimauta' and remix version of 'Nada Sousou'. The Okinawan pop folk trio Begin join as guests on an album of pop minyo.



Minamikaze

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Minamikaze

Ref: FSD2383


Price: 20.99

Okinawan female singer who has become a star with her million selling single 'Nado Sousou'. Her style is rather light and poppy versions of Okinawan minyo or folk tunes. On this album of 7 tracks she sings standard and popular minyo such as 'Tinsagu Nu Hana' 'Warabigami' 'Hana' as well as that million selling hit 'Nada Sousou'.



Sora No Keshiki

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Sora No Keshiki

Ref: FSD2385


Price: 20.99

The 11 tracks on this album includes a live version of her hit 'Nada Sousou' and the song 'Satoukibi-Batake' (Sugarcane Fields). This was written by a Japanese composer in the 1960s and was dedicated to the Okinawan people who died during the war. 'Satoukibi Batake' was sang by famous Japanese singers at the time as it is once again now. It has become a song of peace for both Japanese and Okinawans.



Famureuta - Lullaby

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Famureuta - Lullaby

Ref: FSD2386


Price: 17.99

This 7 track mini album of Okinawan and Japanese lullabies incldes a different version of 'Warabigami', originally perfomed by ex-Nenes singer, Misako Koja.



Kaze No Michi

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Kaze No Michi

Ref: FSD2541a


Price: 20.99

Currently Rimi Natsukawa is one of Okinawa's best selling female artists. She sings in a pretty much pop style, but the songs she signs have a distinct Okinawan feel. This third album includes another hit single, 'Kana Yo Kana Yo' written by Kazufumi Miyazawa of the Boom.



Okinawa No Kaze

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Okinawa No Kaze

Ref: FSD2387


Price: 22.99

The latest full album of Okinawan pop songs includes some great tunes including 'Warabigami', 'Irayoi Tsukiyohama', 'Shimajima Kaisha' and 'Nada Sousou'. All sung and performed in a light pop folk style.



Single Collection Vol.1

RIMI NATSUKAWA

Single Collection Vol.1

Ref: FSD2542a


Price: 20.99

She hasn't been around that long, yet Rimi Natsukawa already qualifies for a first Best of. Rimi is an excellent singer who has been amazingly popular with her renditions of Okinawan style ballads. Most popular of all was the million selling 'Nada Sou Sou' written by Begin. She doesn't sing in a particularly Okinawan style at all, but her voice is usually accompanied by sanshin and overall the songs have a strong Okinawan flavour to them. This album features her seven singles so far, including 'Nada Sou Sou,' 'Warabi Gami' (originally sung by ex-Nenes Misako Koja) and 'Kana Yo Kana Yo' penned by Kazufumi Miyazawa. Included are the seven 'B' sides to those singles.



Futatsu No Rakuen

CHURAMANA

Futatsu No Rakuen

Ref: FSD3085


Price: 26.99

Okinawa / Hawaii mixture music from two singers, Makiko Miyara and Maki Uehara with Yuki Yamauchi and Gueren Oshima, a sanshin player who used to be a member of the Okinawa pop outfit Tingara. Songs include Okinawa traditionals (Tinsagu nu Hana, Tsuki nu Kaisha) and Hawaiian traditional tunes and a couple of originals.



Libera Haberu

FAHNA

Libera Haberu

Ref: FSD3107


Price: 25.99

Fahna are female vocalist and sanshin player Ikko and Oyakata on acoustic guitar. This quality album features a selection of Okinawan traditional and original songs, and a version of Amazing Grace. Generally laid back with bass, percussion, piano, sax, violin, cello and viola in various arrangements, some sparse others more complex with a jazz feel. Produced by Jyoji Sawada who also wrote some of the songs, the last track is a slightly edgy electronica remix by Okinawan based French artist Paul Mahoux.



Daniel

MONGOL 800

Daniel

Ref: FSD3183


Price: 26.99

Okinawan punk band Mongol 800 caused a sensation a few years ago when their album Message sold an unprecendented 2 million copies, despite the record being on an indie label and receiving very little media exposure. Mongol 800 became a word of mouth phenomenon. They paved the way for other Okinawan indie groups such as HY, and still continue to release outstanding records. Their latest effort has 13 tracks, and is up to their usual standard of high energy melodious punk.



Message

MONGOL 800

Message

Ref: FSD1759


Price: 26.99

Okinawan indie punk group, who can write good songs as well as just play fast with an abundance of energy, record album for small indie label in Okinawa. Gradually word spreads to Japan where the album becomes one of the biggest ever selling independent releases selling over 2 million copies. Great story, great band. Some songs sung in pigeon English, but with more meaning than 99% of English pop songs. Jacket comes with fascinating photos of pre-war Okinawa.



Momo

MONGOL 800

Momo

Ref: FSD2335


Price: 26.99

Third album from Okinawa's biggest indie act, up to their usual standard of energetic performances of great songs.



Big Up - Washita Shima Uchina

U-DOU & PLATY

Big Up - Washita Shima Uchina

Ref: FSD3047


Price: 26.99

Perhaps it's the sun, but reggae has always had a following in Okinawa, with some of the island's most famous musicians (Shokichi Kina, Sadao China) fans of Bob Marley. U-Dou & Platy have become popular in Okinawa (sales of 10,000) with their previous album, and this is their first for a major. Okinawan tunes such as Bashofu and local flavors mixed with reggae dance hall style. Okinawa reggae major debut produced by Steven Stanley big in Okinawa. 25 tracks.



Vibes Up

U-DOU & PLATY

Vibes Up

Ref: FSD2768


Price: 26.99

Okinawans U-Dou and Platy have already had a number 1 indie chart hit with their breezy Okinawan reggae brew. Sung in Uchina Guchi with some Okinawan musical elements their dance hall style reggae has caught the imagination of the locals. 21 tracks and the sound of summer in Okinawa 2005.



Kahminukuh

DUTY FREE SHOPP

Kahminukuh

Ref: FSD1760


Price: 26.99

Diversity of styles, including rap, dance hall reggae, hard core and manzai (comedy). Some songs include sanshin and erhu, (violin).



Departure

HY

Departure

Ref: FSD1761


Price: 21.99

Seven tracks of indie rock, most of it quite hard core, some of it quite mainstream pop/folk. Male and female vocalists, extraordinarily popular in Okinawa.



Street Story

HY

Street Story

Ref: FSD2277


Price: 24.99

Second album from award winning Okinawan punk and hip hop band, who became a huge success in Japan in 2003. Strong melodies and hooks with raw power.



1st Contact

ORANGE RANGE

1st Contact

Ref: FSD2250


Price: 26.99

Mix of indie rock, pop, hip hop, ska and rap, with the occasional Okinawan influence, as on the hit single 'Rakuyo'. Big selling album in 2003, and overall deservedly so.



We Are The Champloo

IN-HI

We Are The Champloo

Ref: FSD2307


Price: 26.99

One of the most popular indie bands make their major debut. Okinawa champloo (mixture) rock.



Kodou

SHAKARI

Kodou

Ref: FSD2709


Price: 26.99

Okinawan pop group featuring sanshin to give the music an Okinawan feel, plus percussion and guitar. Fourth album and popular on the radio in Okinawa. 12 tracks.

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The Island Soul

MAKICO MIYARA

The Island Soul

Ref: FSD2712


Price: 26.99

Makico Miyara is a singer/songwriter from Ishigaki island in the deep south of Okinawa. She sings folk/pop influenced songs with Okinawan roots. She also covers a couple of tunes by fellow Ishigaki island artists Yasukatsu Oshima and Begin, while Yukito Ara and Sunday lend support on the recording.



Agoo Road

ALL JAPAN GOITH

Agoo Road

Ref: FSD4868


Price: 22.99

Agoo Road is an eight piece band from Okinawa, on various horns including trumpet, trombone and saxophone with a vocalist, guitarist and bassist. They play mostly well known Okinawan folk songs, plus pop and their own original songs in a ska, dub and reggae style.

1. Arigatosan 2. Haisai Ojisan - Crazy Kachasee 3. Flower Gutzman 4. Akata Sundunchi - Tinsagu nu Hana 5. The Days of Drink and Ska! - Sake to Ska no Hibi 6. Hanasaka Jiisan 7. Shimanchu nu Takara - Koishikute 8. Utage no Uta 9. Katate ni Sanshin o 10. Cecil 11. Koi no Dial 6700 12. Every 13. Otsukisama ga Warattera 14. Yume no Hana (remix)


Far Side Music | OKINAWA |  OKINAWA rock / pop / reggae / dub

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