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Meteor

BAKUROCHO BAND

Meteor

Ref: FSD7086


Price: 21.99

Japanese trio Bakurocho Band take Japanese traditional sounds and instruments and combine them with other Asian, African, Arabic and Eastern European music. They are known for their catchy tunes, dance rhythms and being rather unlike anything else.

1. Tokyo Over Drive 2. Yurayura 3. Nakauchi kurumae kuttosakeru made yukeyuke 4. Wajaja 5. Long Ago People Lived In The Moon 6. Let`s Go 7. May 8. Minority

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Japanistan

KENGO SAITO

Japanistan

Ref: FSD7045


Price: 23.99

Kengo Saito is a Paris based player of the Afghan lute, the rubab. On this album he plays mostly Japanese traditional tunes with the help of local musicians on tabla, flute, bansuri and various Arabic percussion. Really rather wonderful.

1. Pahari Sukiyaki Song (Sukiyaki Ue O Muité Arukô) 2 . Mahali 3. Furusato 4. Sakura Variations, Pt. 1 5. Sakura Variations, Pt. 2 6. Dancing Fingers (Homage to Ustad Malang) 7. Yumeh 8. Kokiriko Bushi 9. Bairagi 10. Hanayomeh Steps 11. Japanistan

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Keta Iicna Hika

KEIICHI TANAKA

Keta Iicna Hika

Ref: FSD7036


Price: 24.99

Posthumous solo album from Afrobeat drummer who tragically died in 2015 at the age of 36, just after completing this album. Keiichi Tanaka travelled to various African countries including Mali, Senegal and Morocco, as well as Cuba to learn styles of drumming. He was a member of the Japan's Afrobeat band Kingdom Afrocks, supporting Tony Allen in Japan and playing at various festivals such as Fuji Rock, Giles Peterson Worldwide Showcase, Francois K.'s Deep Space and others. He learnt much from Tony Allen sometimes played with Oki Duib Ainu Band. On this album he explored Ainu music, with help from Oki and vocalist Rekpo, plus interpretations of Fela Kuti, traditonal African music, and songs inspired by the situation in Syria. Also featured Hakase-sun (Fishmans, Little Tempo) among many others.

1. Tenzing Song 2. Gentleman 3. Hargeisa 4. Papa Paradise 5. City of Aleppo 6. City of Dub 7. Hekri Salari 8. Observation is no Crime 9. Olele Moliba Makashi 10. Dub Hekri

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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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Maho

ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY

Maho

Ref: FSD7007


Price: 26.99

First album from the wonderful Asa-Chang & Junray since 2009. Percussionist Asa-Chang was the founder of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, which he left to form Asa-Chang & Junray in 1998. Ever since, they've been exploring a variety of sounds including the tabla of U-zhaan. Up to the usual high standards, with new members Yoshihiro Goseki (vocals, flute, sax), and Anzu Suhara (vocals, violin, guitar). Guests include Cornelius and Ani of Scha Dara Parr. Listen to all tracks and watch a live version of one of the tracks.

1. Aoiro Sanka (Blue Anthem) 2. Mahou (Magic) 3. Betel Nut and Girl 4. Confession - Prelude 5. Confession 6. A Flower Between the Lines (feat. Shiina Mota) 7. Mokkin no uta - Xylophone 8. ANI's Endless Exercises 10. Ending (From the film ''Gassoh'') 11. Confession (Cornelius Version)

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Waraku

YOSHIKO FURUTA

Waraku

Ref: FSD6967


Price: 14.99

Japanese minyo via Okinawa. Yoshiko Furuta is from Nikko, and mixes her folk singing with blues and funk, with help from Coo (guitar, keyboards) who is based in Okinawa, Bryugel (shakuhachi, shamisen, erhu, percussion) and blues guitarist Shin Kikuta who has been playing in Chicago for 20 years.

1. Waraku Overture 2. Koina Boat Song 3. Awa 4. Lullaby of Haga 5. Child God 6. Ballad of Nikko Waraku Odori 7. Kokiriko 8. Sand Hill of Jyusan 9. Nikko Waraku Odori 10. Waraku Dance Mix

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Counterpoint X

JUZU A.K.A. MOOCHY

Counterpoint X

Ref: FSD6944


Price: 21.99

From Tokyo, Juzu a.k.a. Moochy has been a leading dj and producer in Japan's dance/world crossover scene since the 1990s. This and the accompanying Y album, are his first releases for about five years, and has been a long time in the making. Perhaps these are his Magnus Opus, using recordings he has made in Senegal, Cuba, Turkey, Egypt, as well as Ainu tonkori (from Oki) Japanese shamisen and koto. These disparate instruments and sounds are combined cleverly into a dance/dub/tribal crossover mix. Rather brilliant.

1. RISE AGAIN

Tonkori : Oki Kano (Japan)

Mizmar : Mozmar (Egypt)

Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Daf & Percussions : Hogir Göregen (Turkey)

Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

2. PRAY

Vocal : Jo Kallado (Brazil)

Kora : Karamo Cissokho (Senegal)

Piano & Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Sax : Takehide 'KIDS' Hashimoto (Japan)

Mizmar : Mozmar (Egypt)

GTR EFX : Hironobu Saito (Japan)

Bass : Shoji Ishiguro (Japan)

Djembe : Latyr Sy,Mass (Senegal)

Pandiero : Kepel Kimura (Japan)

Conga : Tinnen (Japan)

Drumz : Keiichi Tanaka (Japan)

Digelidoo : Stephen Sailor (Australia)

Sound Scape : Hoian Vietnam

3. NEW DAY

Rap : Ritto (Japan) & 4Leuz (Senegal)

Shamisen : Atsushi 'TGS' Sakata (Japan)

Sax : Takehide 'KIDS' Hashimoto (Japan)

Daf & Percussions : Hogir Göregen (Turkey)

Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

4. I WANT 2 C U

Koto : Toshifumi Eto (Japan)

Tabla : Abdallah Ahmed (Japan)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

5. NILE

Vox : Salat & Nubian Crew (Egypt)

Balama : Ibrahim Koma Azad (Turkey)

Rababa : Ibrahim El kot (Egypt)

Daf & Percussions : Hogir Göregen (Turkey)

Violin : Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

Genburi & Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

6. SALAAM

Violin : Saad Muhammad Hassan (Egypt)

Qraqab & Genburi : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

Drumz : Keiichi Tanaka (Japan)

Drum Edit: JEBSKI (Japan)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

7. ILE AIYE

Voice : Jo Kallado (Brazil)

Tonkori : Oki Kano (Japan)

Mizmar : Mozmar (Egypt)

Piano : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Percussions : Kepel Kimura&Tinnen (Japan)

8. LIGHT

Kora & Voice : Karamo Cissokho (Senegal)

Voice : Yoshimio (Japan)

Mizmar : Mozmar (Egypt)

Rababa : Ibrahim El kot (Egypt)

Daf & Percussions : Hogir Göregen (Turkey)

Gong & Guntrak : Kouhei Kawamura (Japan)

Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

9. EARTH DANCE

Violin : Abd Dagher (Egypt)

Tonkori : Oki Kano (Japan)

Ney : Fakih Kademoglu (Turkey)

Sabar : Latyr Sy, Jacqout Sarr, Bamba & Mame Cheikh (Senegal)

Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

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Counterpoint Y

JUZU A.K.A. MOOCHY

Counterpoint Y

Ref: FSD6945


Price: 21.99

Counterpoint Y is in similar vain to X with a mix of Japanese made global sounds.

1. SHADOW DANCE

Kavash : Ibrahim Koma Azad (Turkey)

Violin : Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

Balama : Abdullah Çapa (Turkey)

Daf & Percussions :Hogir Göregen (Turkey)

Bass &Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

Gong & Guntrak : Kouhei Kawamura (Japan)

2. IXTLAN

Kora : Karamo Cissokho (Senagal)

Kavash : Ibrahim Koma Azad (Turkey)

Violin : Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

Percussions : Latyr Sy (Senagal)

Req : Junzo Tateiwa (Japan)

Timba & Conga : Tinnen (Japan)

3. WARRIORS

Voice : Dennis Banks&Thomas Banyacya (USA)

( Taken from the film Hopi Prophecy )

Shamisen : Atsushi 'TGS' Sakata (Japan)

Violin : Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Djembe : Latyr Sy (Senegal)

Sabar : Pierre,Samba & Ibrahima (Senegal)

Req : Junzo Tateiwa (Japan)

Conga&Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

4. NIGHT SAIL

Violin : Abdo Dagher (Egypt)

Koto : Toshifumi Eto (Japan)

Bass : Ishiguro Shoji (Japan)& Ömer Sarigedik

GTR & Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

Percussion : Salat &Nubian Crew (Egypt)

Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

5. SUFI

Afghani Rubab : Eray Düzgünsoy (Turkey)

Kanun : Esra Berkman (Turkey)

Drumz : Keiichi Tanaka (Japan)

Daf : Kemal (Turkey)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

6. HOMELAND

Sax : Takehide 'KIDS' Hashimoto (Japan)

Piano & Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Percussions : Kepel Kimura, Date Gen, Tinnen & Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

7. INTERNAL VISION

Kora : Karamo Cissokho (Senegal)

Balama & Kavash : Ibrahim Koma Azad (Turkey)

Sax : Takehide 'KIDS' Hashimoto (Japan)

Voice : Cafer Akarsu (Turkey)

Violin : Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

Bass : Shoji Ishiguro (Japan)

Timba : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Drumz : Keiichi Tanaka (Japan)

Daf &Percussions : Hogir Göregen (Turkey)

Sabar : Latyr Sy, Pierre Gueye, Samba & Ibrahima Kande (Senegal)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

Spoon : Levent Akman (Turkey)

8. STARS

Koto : Shinobu Eto (Japan)

Qraqab : Toshihito Tsushima (Japan)

Tabla : Abdallah Ahmed (Japan)

Samples : Labelle (France)

9 : LOVE FROM FAR EAST

Violin & Ensemble : Kyoko Oikawa (Japan)

Sax : Takehide 'KIDS' Hashimoto (Japan)

Wood Bass, Timba, Guiro : Eudys Morales (Cuba)

Sanshin : Arito 'NU-DOH' Kakinohana (Japan)

Percussions : Tinnen (Japan)

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Kankara Song 3 - Kago no Tori, Tottori Shunyo wo Utau

TAISUKE OKA

Kankara Song 3 - Kago no Tori, Tottori Shunyo wo Utau

Ref: FSD6857


Price: 14.99

Latest in the kankara (Okinawan tin can sanshin) series of albums performing century old songs. On this album Oka covers the songs of influential violin enka-shi Shunyo Tottori (1900-1932) Also features regular collaborators Hiroaki Kobayashi on rappa nikko, the two stringed fiddle, Takero Sekijima (tuba), Kanji Nakao (clarinet), Maya Kasahara (piano), Tomosuke Tajima (drums). The real Japanese folk roots.

1. Kaiho Bushi 2. Kago no tori 3. Vu~enisu no fune-uta 4. Sutare mono 5. Hatosongu 6. Midori-bushi 7. Sutoton-bushi 2015 8. Tairyo-bushi 9. Tamaransongu 10. Horohoro setsu 11. Yakko-ra ya no ya 12. Yo wa ochiru 13. Daite neru 14. Sasurai 15. Omoide shita



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Ohayashi Jazz - Otogibanashi

EIKA UTSUMI WITH HIROSHI MUNEKIYO & SUI-I-TEST SOUND

Ohayashi Jazz - Otogibanashi

Ref: FSD6830


Price: 20.99

Utsumi Eika and Munekiyo Hiroshi & Sui-i-test Sound was formed as an experimental project in Osaka in 2005. The idea, as the album title suggests, was to mix jazz with ohayashi (musical accompaniment for traditional performing arts such as noh). Four musicians from the ohayashi side led by Utsumi (shamisen, taiko, fue (flute), vocals) and four from the jazz side under Munekiyo (trombone, bass, piano, drums) have recorded their first album after ten years of playing together. Trombone plays Japanese traditional tunes and shamisen plays George Gershwin. It's quite a mix; interesting, entertaining, suprising, invigorating. Take a look at the album sampler.

Hiroshi Munekiyo- trombone, Eika Utsumi - shamisen, vocal, trombone, Masakazu Sawa- durms, Shimeta Katsura - taiko, Toshiya Kasamatsu - bass, Kyojyaku Syofukutei- fue, Hiroko Ishida - piano, Akashi Katsura- natimono.

1. 12th Street Rag 2. Tea For Two 3. Don-Don-Bushi 4. In The Mood 5. 'S Wonderful 6. Diamond Head 7. The Tennessee Waltz 8. Fukagawa 9. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree 10. Brazil 11. Kawata Bushi for Eika- Medley- Chikyuno Ueni Asaga Kuru, Get Out and Get Under the Moon, Dinah, My Blue Heaven 12. Otemoyan

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Soeda Azenbo & Chido's Enka Vol. 2 (2 CDs)

TOSHI TSUCHITORI

Soeda Azenbo & Chido's Enka Vol. 2 (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6824


Price: 32.99

Second volume by percussionist Toshi Tsuchitori of the music of balladeer and political activist Azembo Soeda (1872-1944) and his son Chido Soeda (1902-1980). Azembo was one of Japan's first mainstream entertainers, popular among the masses in pre-war Japan. He created enka songs, sung by farmers and factory workers alike, expressing thoughts and commenting about the issues of the day such as class conflict and racial attitudes to other Asian countries. This album and its predecessor was inspired by his late wife Harue Momoyama, a shamisen player and singer who studied under Chido, detailing each song. Toshi used these notes for this album. 2 CDs, 27 tracks.

CD1.

1. Tottoite Bushi 2. Chidori Bushi 3. Shika no Uta 4. Shin Dondon Bushi 5. Amujo (Ojisan Kakushite) 6. Shin Fukugawa Bushi 7. Ikiteru Song 8. Rodomondai no Uta 9. Heiwa Bushi 10. Shin Tonyare Bushi 11. Shin Wakaranai Bushi 12. Shin Baka no Uta 13. Shin Noe Bushi

CD2

1. Chosa Bushi 2. Berabo no Uta 3. Beatori Ane-Chan 4. Shokugyo Fujin no Uta 5. Kanekane 6. Midori Bushi 7. Omoide Shita 8. Sekishu 9. Miracle Song 10. Yokohama Kouta 11. Apasshu no Uta 12. Maruyama Kouta 13. Ame wa Shikirini 14. Showa nonki Bushi

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Karin

KARIN

Karin

Ref: FSD6831


Price: 13.99

Karin combines her talents as a singer-songwriter, with her outstanding playing of the 25 stringed koto. Karin writes all the songs in a variety of styles from traditional to pop. It's an usual, but effective use of the koto, the 25 strings, as opposed to the standard 13, giving her a range of freedom to express herself. Karin has performed at music festivals in Europe and unusual venues such as temples. Karin's vocals and koto is accompanied by piano, pianica, cello, drums, bass and taiko.

1. Tsukihikarino-uta 2. Uiteruyo? 3. Zutto...4. Boku ha-aruko 5. Morinohito-he 6. Ttara ii 7. Hitomosinohi



Chichibu Youhai (Praying for Chichibu)

SHIN SASAKUBO

Chichibu Youhai (Praying for Chichibu)

Ref: FSD6798


Price: 21.99

Shin Sasakubo has been involved in different areas of music, originally with traditional folk, and these days in the avant-garde scene and as a film maker. He bases his work on his home city of Chichibu, Saitama, and on this album he combines his different experiences by playing long forgotten working songs from the Chichibu area with a contemporary twist breathing new life into them. Rather wonderful.

1. Bukosan no Monogoi Uta 2. Mukouyama de Naku Tori wa (Maritsuki Uta) 3. Korya Tomo Yo, Ohohoi (Hataori Uta) 4. Sasa Hoi Hoi Hoi (Maritsuki Uta) 5. Hata Kamisama e (Hataori Uta) 6. Mugiuchi Uta 7. Negai Agemasu Hata Kamisama e (Hataori Uta) 8. Kojo no Yane de Hato ga Naku (Hataori Uta) 9. Kakihara Banto San (Hataori Uta) 10. Oya no Tamedato Junen Nenki (Hataori Uta) 11. Kui Kui (Hataori Uta) 12. Mugiuchi Uta (Arranged by Yuji Takahashi) 13. Bukosan no Amagoi Uta

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Shigeri Bushi

SHIGERI KITSU

Shigeri Bushi

Ref: FSD6585


Price: 21.99

Produced by Aoyagi Takuji (Little Creatures) mastered by Makoto Kubota with some new tracks, including the title track, composed by Haruomi Hosono with guest musicians including Haruomi Hosono, Yasukatsu Oshima, Katsuaki Sawada and Yukito Ara. Shigeri Kitsu is a wondeful minyo (folk) singer, who has been championed by Hosono (as part of Tsuru to Kame) and many others as a voice that captures the essence of Japanese folk. Songs from the north in Aomori to the south in Okinawa. Nice mix of sounds, quintessentially Japanese, yet contemporary in atmosphere.

1. Shigeri Bushi 2. Tohka no Murani 3. Tokyo no Yoru 4. Shiawase Happy 5. Tsuki no Niji 6. Ryusei 7. Tsuki ga Tottemo Aoi kara 8. Shamisen Boogie Woogie 9. Tokyo Ondo 10. Donan Natto Bushi 11. Tsugaru Jongara Bushi 12. Hachijo-daiko Bayashi 13. Tanko Bushi 14. Nagarabeyuri no Hana 15. Shimajima Kaisha

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Kitaguni no Haru

LIKKLE MAI

Kitaguni no Haru

Ref: FSD6730


Price: 12.99

Likkle Mai, former female vocalist of acclaimed dub band Dry & Heavy, plays ukulele and sings on this wonderful mini-album. She sings folk songs that she mixes with elements of dub and reggae into an effervescent sound. Likkle Mai is accompanied on guitar, drums, bass, percussion and by Wataru Ohkuma and Miwazow Kogure from Jinta-la-Mvta on clarinet and chindon.

1. Akita Ondo 2. Souma Bushi 3. Chagu Chagu Umakko 4. Nonki Bushi 5. Kitaguni no Haru

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Ichinomaki Daikoku-mai

SHIRABENOSOUSHI KAORI-NE

Ichinomaki Daikoku-mai

Ref: FSD6547


Price: 19.99

First album from group who describe themselves as playing neo minyo, or new style folk songs. Features the singer and shamisen player Kaori Kitsu, sister of Shigeri, together with Kinsui Sato (shakuhachi, shinobue), Mitsuru Uchida (guitar), Rikiya Nakamura (piano) and Masatoshi Kainuma (percussion). Rather wonderful mix of sounds with superb vocals.

1. Nambu Mochitsukiuta - Arrange: Mitsuru Uchida 2. Sado Okesa - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura 3. Kisobushi - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura 4. Washinzaka - Words Mitsuru Uchida & Kaori Kitsu, Music & Arrange Mitsuru Uchida 5. Kouzubushi - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura 6. Mamurogawa Ondo - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura & Masatoshi Kainuma 7. Akita Daikokumai - Arrange: Rikiya Nakamura & Mitsuru Uchida 8. Hananoshima - Music & Words & Arrange: Masatoshi Kainuma



Vocalo Zanmai

WAGAKKI BAND

Vocalo Zanmai

Ref: FSD6505


Price: 15.99

Visual-Kei style band plays Japanese traditional, minyo and rock. Musicians are Yuko Suzuhana (vocal), Seiji Ibukuro (koto), Daisuke Kaminaga (shakuhachi). Beni Ninagawa (Tsugaru shamisen), Kokuryu (wadaiko), Machiya (guitar), Asa (bass) and Wasabi (drums). Good at what they do, dynamic performances on a mix of Japanese traditional and western instruments. Have been receiving acclaim from around the world. Covers of vocaloid (digital vocalist) tracks such as Hatsune Miku. Sounds rather like J-pop meets Japanese traditional.

1. Tengaku 2. Setsuna Trip 3. Yoshiwara Lament 4. Kageroudays 5. Nijiro Chouchou 6. Iroha Uta 7. Rokucho Nen to Ichiya Monogatari 8. Tsuki Kage Mai Ka 9. Episode. 0 10. Shinkai Shoujou 11. Noushou Sakuretsu Girl 12. Senbon Zakura



Shyohatto

EMIKO & KIRISUTE GOMEN

Shyohatto

Ref: FSD6490


Price: 12.99

Based in France, four Japanese musicians, plus French musician Julien Omeyer and other French guests play traditional folk songs (minyo) with a psychedelic surf rock spirit. Great vocals from Emiko Ota plus shamisen, guitars, drums and other instruments combine to form a unique sound, identifiably Japanese, but unlike else. Traditional and folk songs from all over Japan (Kumamoto, Okinawa, Fukushima, Miyagi, Hokkaido) plus other types of Japanese music from 1950s-1970s. Listen to sound samples of all tracks.

1. Sho-ten 2. Otemoyan (part 4) 3. Koi 4. Nonnoko 5. Arashi 6. Natsu 7. Aizu 8. RokuRockubi 9. Pig 10. Saitara 11. ZuiZui 12. Warabi 13. Solan 14. Tonight 15. Lemon (Live)



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The Songs of the Civil Rights Movement of the Meiji Period (1868-1926) in Japan.

TOSHIYUKI TSUCHITORI

The Songs of the Civil Rights Movement of the Meiji Period (1868-1926) in Japan.

Ref: FSD6472


Price: 20.99

During the The Meiji Period (1868-1912) and following Taisho period (1912-1926), Japan moved from an isolated feudal society to a modern country. These fundamental changes of social structure, economy, military etc.also gave rise to a Civil Rights Movement in Japan for democracy, civil and other rights. The movement prompted the Meiji government to establish a constitution in 1889 and was partially a success. During this time, folk songs depicted this Civil Rights Movement, here interpreted by Toshiyuki Tsuchitori, a veteran percussion player who has played by Ryuichi Sakamoto and many others. He has previously interpreted ancient Japanese music, as well as the songs of the political activist Azenbo Soeda. Wonderful and fascinating.

1. Miyako Fu-ryu Tonyare Bushi 2. Shosei Bushi (Yosakoi Bushi) 3. Minken Kazoeuta 4. Taikyo Don Don Bushi 5. Dinamite Bushi 6. Oppeke Pee Bushi 7. Yattsukero Bushi 8. Kairyo Bushi 9. Giin (Kinbu Bushi) 10. Mucha Kucha Bushi 11. Hookai Bushi 12. Denkasho Bushi 13. Ashio Kozan Rappa Bushi 14. Ah Kakumei wa Chikazukeri


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4. Mae Baeb Pleang Luk Thung Vol.5 (Ref: FSD6816)
5. Mae Baeb Pleng Luk Thung Vol.3 (Ref: FSD6815)
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Takarakaze

ARAGEHONZI

Takarakaze

Ref: FSD6426


Price: 19.99

Second album by the much touted band Aragehonzi, playing 'Omatsuri Rock'. Lead by Masafumi Saito (vocal, guitar) from Akita, the nine piece group plays their own mixture music of Japanese minyo with rock, soul, funk, reggae, afro beat, Brazilian and Japanese pop. Recommended.

1. Tokyo Native Time 2. Kaga Haiya 3. Samidori no Oka 4. Yorokobi Mai 5. Saitaro Bushi 6. Soma Bonuta 7. Ryusei no Toiki 8. Takarakaze 9. Toyama Bushi


Aragehonzi

ARAGEHONZI

Aragehonzi

Ref: FSD6427


Price: 16.99

Aragehonzi's first album released in 2011.

1. Akatsuki (Introduction) 2. Taiyo no Managu 3. Ai ya Shinku ni Shiroi Yuri 4. Heisei Akita Banzai 5. Mahiru no Yume 6. Ame no Ato 7. Sen no Aki to Ichiya no Inori 8. Akita Ondo 9. Ringo Oiwake 10. Kawaigaranse 11. Nagamochi Uta


Samurai Sessions Vol.1

MIYAVI

Samurai Sessions Vol.1

Ref: FSD6423


Price: 14.99

We don't normally bother selling mainstream rock or pop, but we'll make an exception, mainly because we've been asked for this album. Dubbed the 'Samurai Guitarist' Miyavi plays electric guitar in his own 'slap' style. He has played around the world, over 200 shows in 30 countries. This CD features Miyavi in various collaborations, some artists that might appeal to a Far Side customer. These include shamisen player Hiromitsu Agatsuma, flamenco style guitarist Jin Oki, Okinawan breakbeat duo Hifana, and Miu Sakamoto.

1. Miyavi vs Hifana - Ganryu 2. Miyavi vs Kreva - Strong 3. Miyavi vs, Yusek - Day 1 4. Miyavi vs Takeshi Hosomi - Silent Anger 5. Miyavi vs H Zett M - Pleasure 6. Miyavi vs Hiromitsu Agatsuma vs Jin Oki - Hanabi 7. Miyavi vs Seiji Kameda vs Miu Sakamoto - Inori Wo



Dialogo

JIN OKI

Dialogo

Ref: FSD6424


Price: 26.99

Jin Oki is a Japanese flamenco guitarist album who studied under Victor Monge Seranito in Madrid. On this album he plays with eleven Japanese musicians for some really interesting collaborations. Musicians include Coba (accordion), Miyavi (guitar), Hiromitsu Agatsuma (shamisen) and Hideki Togi (hichiriki)

1. Monologo #1 2. Dansa-kimi To Nara (Coba) 3. Ai - Demasiado (Miyavi) 4. Four Seasons - Summer (Dai Kimura) 5. Oshi.oki Time (Kotaro Oshio) 6. Fantasma V (Hideki Togi) 07. Uzuki Hanaarashi (Hiromitsu Agatsuma) 8. Solea (Doroles Agureta) 9. Spain (Ryota Nozaki) 10. Scarborough Fair (Katsumi Watanabe) 11. Besame Mucho (Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra) 12. Monologo #2 13. Yane No Shita No Smile (Koji Tamaki)



Karaimo Limba

SAKAKI MANGO

Karaimo Limba

Ref: FSD6375


Price: 18.99

Japan's leading African music exponent, thumb piano player, Sakaki Mango sings in his native Kagoshima dialect on his new album. Includes live track (3) with Zimbabwe's Chiwoniso who passed in July 2013, with Columbian musician Pernett (track 9), and other collaborations with various musicians Sakaki met thurough the music festival Sukiyaki Meets The World.

1.Intro 2.Chabakke 3.Hame (Live) (Sukiafrica-Sukiyaki Allstars) 4.Small(Live) (Cuatro Sukiyaki Minimal) 5.Interlude -taxi- 6.IOTOI (Sakaki Mango & Limba Train Sound System) 7. Iidamatsu no Uta (MBC Tege Tege Ending Theme) (Sakaki Mango & TEGE2 Choirs) 8.Interlude-telephone- 9. Chawanmushi no Digital (Sukiyaki Denki Box) 10.Dub Kagoshimana (Sukiyaki Denki Box)



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Azenbo & Chido's Enka (2 CDs)

TOSHI TSUCHITORI

Azenbo & Chido's Enka (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6299


Price: 39.99

Toshi Tsuchitori is a veteran percussionist, well known in jazz and avant-garde circles and for releasing a series of extraordinary albums of ancient music played on replicas of ancient Japanese percussion instruments. His late wife Harue Momoyama (1939-2009) was a respected singer and shamisen player who studied many genres of almost forgotten Japanese traditional music. One of these was the early enka and popular songs from the Meiji and Taisho period written by Azenbo Soeda (1872-1944) and his son Chido Soeda (1902-1980). Azenbo was a political activist and one of Japan's first mainstream popular music stars. Harue studied under Chido for many years, detailing each song, probably the only surviving document of this influential and precious music. Toshi used this document to record this album, playing Harue's shamisen as well as Indian instruments esraj, bansuri and tabla, and Tibetan damaru. A wonderful, fascinating labour of love. Listen to sound samples.

CD1

1. Kenkotsu Bushi 2. Chakurai Bushi 3. Strike Bushi 4. Rappa Bushi 5. Shakai-to Rappa Bushi 6. Akiramero Bushi 7. Ah Wakaranai 8. Ah Kane no Yo 9. Zee Zee Bushi 10. Omoigusa 11. Murasaki Bushi 12. Naramaru Zukushi 13. Makkuro Bushi 14. Kamayasenu Bushi 15. Gendai Bushi

CD2

1. Aojima Bushi 2. Nonki Bushi 3. Burabura Bushi 4. Ah Fumikiri-ban 5. Tokyo Bushi 6. Tsubame Bushi 7. Kaze no Uta 8. Fukko Bushi 9. Sutoton Bushi 10. Tsuki wa Musjo 11. Koi o Shiru Koro 12. Seikatsu Sensen Ijo Ari



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Kaseijin no Blues

DENKI GYPSY SPEICAL

Kaseijin no Blues

Ref: FSD6214


Price: 23.99

Latest in the long line of outstanding Japanese 'world music' bands. Live recording of Denki Gypsy Special, influenced by jazz, rock, klezmer, gypsy, Turkish, Arabic and Carribean music. Members are Nobuyuki Seto (clarinet), Kizo Nobori (tenor saxopone), Akiko Igaki (violin), Takashi Tajima (electric guitar), Kazunari Seto (electric bass), Watanbe (drums), Mitsuru Nagata (darbuka, davul). Belly dancer Minori performs on tracks 4 and 7.

1. Kaseijin no Blues 2. Kinsei Coloney Jusan Banchi 3. Suiyoubi no Mokusei wa Yu-utsu 4. Atatakaku Tomeinaru Tsuki 5. Jingai Makyo o Iku 6. Sugakuteki Chitei Tanken 7. Chijiku ga zureta to iukoto o Ninshiki suru 8. Maho no Tsue, Maho no Kutsu, Mahobin 9. Garasuya Shimatsuki


Ich Weiss Nicht!!

DJEMP

Ich Weiss Nicht!!

Ref: FSD6159


Price: 22.99

Duo of percussion player Goshin Moro and Berlin based composer/pianist Hajime Fukuda. Moro plays an ancient Japanese percussion instrument from the Jomon period called Jomon Daiko, which he made by himself, wadaiko (taiko) drums and some African percussion. Fukuda plays piano, composed and arranged the tunes. Listen to samples of all tracks.

1. Djemp 2. Jomon 3. Short Film 4. Nepenthes 5. Cheval 6. Improvisation Berlin 7. Djempinot Noir 8. Ezotick 9. Dali 10. Todowara



Tsukudanaka Sanpachi

TSUKUDANAKA SANPACHI

Tsukudanaka Sanpachi

Ref: FSD6129


Price: 24.99

Duo featuring Koushi Tsukuda (shakuhachi, yokobue, vocals) and Tsutomu Tanaka (shamisen, taiko, bass, guitar, vocals, percussion) from the wonderful roots group Chanchiki. Modern Japanese roots music at its best, mostly instrumental, featuring the shamisen and shakuhachi, with some vocals. Lively, upbeat and fun. Listen to samples of all tracks.

1. Todoroki 2. Ryusen 3. Shinonome Escape 3. Aoi Urei 4. Komorebi no Sawa 5. Ushi Mittsu Bayashi 6. Dadan 7. Sansaro no Sanosa 8. Kanchororin 9. Hanamogera Bushi 10. Samo a reba a re 11. Akatsuki no Buleria 12. Sora 13. E! E? E!? Janaika




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Otona no Komoriuta

EMME

Otona no Komoriuta

Ref: FSD6147


Price: 24.99

Lullabies for adults. Emme is a singer of nagauta, traditional music of the Edo period, which she brings up to date by combining this singing style with modern forms of music. This is her fourth album. Listen to samples of all tracks.

1. Hoshi no Uta 2. Mata Ashita 3. Oyasumi The wate 4. Edo Komoriuta 5. Higasa 6. Yume to Utsutsu 7. Oyasumi 8. Aoi Tsubame



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Sapporo Bal Musette

LA ZONE

Sapporo Bal Musette

Ref: FSD6094


Price: 19.99

Second album from musette group comprised of three Japanese women who love classic French musette. On this album they play ten original tunes and one traditional, accompanied by horns, percussion, the French bagpipe, cabrette, and vocals. Members are Kumiko Nagamine (button accordion, cabrette), Naomi Mieno (piano etc) and Tomoko Kobayashi (banjo, guitar). Their first album was highly acclaimed in France and they performed live in Paris in 2010, in 2011 they performed with accordion player Daniel Colin in Sapporo.

1. Midori no Yosei 2. Soleile Despanu 3. Unmei no Deai 4. Potilon 5. Cabrette Medlay (Mori no Nakade, Oishii Mizu no Waltz) 6. Juichigatsu no Hajime 7. Kuchibue Dori 8. Watashi no Obaka san 9. Chiisana Uso 10. Shokudo-gai no Ganguet


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

VARIOUS

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


Sakusyaku

YUKIHIRO ISSO TRIO

Sakusyaku

Ref: FSD5947


Price: 27.99

Trio featuring fue/shinobue (flute) player Yukihiro Isso with guitarist Natsuki Kido and tabla player Masaki Yoshimi. Mixture of sounds and styles from traditional to modern from three fantastic musicians.

1. Kaeshi Syakugami 2. Lasoratonbi 3. Magotaro 4. Tatebue Ranbu no Jyo 5. Semariku Honho 6. Chigo-mai 7. Tunobue Sokkyoukyoku no. 3 8. Ranjyo Mejiha 9. Ten wo Kakeru Kaze


I Must Have Been There

KEN OHTAKE & FRIENDS

I Must Have Been There

Ref: FSD5889


Price: 19.99

The 'friends' of the Japanese guitarist, who has played with Okinawa's Takashi Hirayasu among others, are Taiwanese musicians, including Lin Sheng Xiang playing pipa (lute), yue qin (moon guitar), Finish musician Pekko Kappu on jouhikko (bowed instrument from Finland) plus accordion and bass. Really nice mix of Chinese and other styles, mostly laid back.

1. Looking Back, Looking Forward 2. Waves 3. In the Soundless Village 4. Cold Cold, Mama 5. When I Was Darkness 6. Let Me Flow 7. I Must Have Been There 8. It Snows 9. Improvisation 10. Moon Song 11. Reunion



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World Wide Locals & Our J-Pops

KIWI & THE PAPAYA MANGOES

World Wide Locals & Our J-Pops

Ref: FSD5800


Price: 21.99

Second album from the wonderful Tokyo based band, mixing homegrown roots music, with styles from around the world. Lead singer Kiwi Ohashi usually sings and plays shamisen at exclusive Japanese-style restaurants called 'Ryotei'. Their music takes its inspiration from Japanese minyo, pop, ching-dong, Ainu music, and extraneous sounds such as Brazilian foro, dub and reggae. Fresh and exciting. Band consists of Kiwi Ohashi (shamisen, vo), Koharu (accordion), Yuko Furuoya (percussion), Go Arani (violin, sitar), Takuto Hirose (bass), Seiya Omori (guitar) and Masaki Nagata (drums).

1. Kumatakihi e ! 2. Otemoyan 3. Gogatsu no Ame ga Agattara 4. Kimi ga Yo 5. Dekasegi Brasileira 6. Kaerou - Saikyo-sen no Theme 7. Aini Ikuyo



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Oi! Limba!

SAKAKI MANGO & LIMBA TRAIN SOUND SYSTEM

Oi! Limba!

Ref: FSD5799


Price: 25.99

More cool, hypnotic grooves from the limba playing Sakaki Mango and his band. Mango studied limba (thumb piano) under the late, great Tanzanian player Hukwe Ubi Zawose. He also plays mbira and the Congolese electric likimbe. This latest album was inspired by his roots in Kagoshima, in the deep south of Japan, including the distinctive local dialect. With this album, Sakaki seems to have cemented his own original sound, mixing African with Japanese influences on a contemporary, varied and highly listenable album.

1. Prologue 2. Russia no Hae 3. Yuniharizuki Rokku 4. Nhemamusasa Rokku 5. Chawan-mushi no Cumbia 6. Acholi Woman 7. Atarashii Nabe 8. Amagiki 9. Iotoi 10. Kome wa Nodogoshi 11. Hame Rokku 12. Small




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Super Volcano

PIRANHANS

Super Volcano

Ref: FSD5600


Price: 23.99

Back in the 90s, Piranhans gained a cult following for their brilliant musicianship and genre crossing. After 13 years, they're back with their fourth album. Swing, Carribean, funk, Irish, ska and African are some of the styles incorporated into Super Volcano. The formidable musicians are Pianica Maeda (pianica, vocal, prepared piano), Isamu Tsukamoto (guitar) and Yuji Nagayama. also a member of Mayumi Kojima Band and Manabu Sakata (drums, percussion) famous saxophonist Akira Sakata's son. Sakata joined the group in 1997 but soon after they ceased playing, starting again in 2006. They spent four years gradually getting the band back into shape, performing live concerts, and culminating in the release of this album.

1. Letter From The King Arthur 2. Buriki no Ningyo 3. Volcano 4. Filament 5. Miami Beach Rumba 6. Amagasa to Amagappa 7. Slipped Disc 8. Carib Carib 9. Swedish Pastry 10. Chakula Cha Wasichana 11. Jordu 12. Philippe 3


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]


Karma Under the Sun

KAORU TANAKA

Karma Under the Sun

Ref: FSD5415


Price: 25.99

Kaoru Tanaka is a jazz guitarist who likes to perform with Japanese traditional instruments. Tanaka is an accomplished musician, playing jazz fusion style on electric and synth guitar. The music is more fusion than Japanese traditional with shakuhachi and koto following the guitar parts, but it's all done with great skill and integrity. Musicians are Kaoru Tanaka [guitar, guitar synthesizer], Bruce Huebner <Actinic:Variable Name = 'shakuahchi'/>, Kayoko Nakagawa <Actinic:Variable Name = 'koto'/>, Takeshi Obayashi <Actinic:Variable Name = 'piano'/>, Evan Marien <Actinic:Variable Name = 'bass'/>.

1. Cicada, Rain and The Atmospher 2. To The Air From The Air 3. Ephemeroptera 4. Egology 5. Black Blossom 6. Ina 7. Rhapsody from Island


Setsubean Bean Unit

SETSUBUN BEAN UNIT

Setsubean Bean Unit

Ref: FSD5101


Price: 22.99

Japanese version of SBU's first album, with two extra bonus tracks. Traditional Japanese folk and bon odori dances combined with contemporary rhythms, electronic sounds, tuba and more in a delicious compelling mixture. The UK / Japan band features the Farmyard Animals Trio of Gideon Juckes on tuba who also plays wth Bellowhead, Shibusashirazu and Cicala Mvta, drumer Pete Flood also of Bellowhead and reed player Bendan Kelly. Recorded live at the Spitz London.

1. Gujo Ondo 2. Rettsu Kissu 3. Fire Festival 4. Tora San 5. Moon River is a Swamp 6. Akita Ondo 7. Tsugaru Jinku 8. Lion Dance 9. Bonus track 10. Bonus track



Bolinho de Arroz

SOOTHE

Bolinho de Arroz

Ref: FSD4966


Price: 22.99

Soothe are a five piece band on Japanese traditional instruments- tsugaru shamisen and wadaiko, plus guitar, bass and drums. They play all kinds of styles with elements of Latin, jazz and bossa nova. They regularly perform at fashion shows, business events, temples and produce music for TV commercials, web sites and art exhibitions. They have performed overseas, including China in 2008.

1. Entrada 2. Elano 3. Tohku (feat. Satsuki Oyama - erhu) 4. Oinarisan (feat. Hiromu Motonaga - shakuhachi) 5. Fibonacci (feat. Naoko Kaji - sax) 6. Torazue 7. Interludio 8. Koori no Shiro (feat. Kenichi Takemoto - vocals) 9. Momiji (feat. Tatsuya Harada (piano) 10. Ramune 11. Desfecho


Soothing

SOOTHE

Soothing

Ref: FSD4967


Price: 22.99

First album from the Japanese traditional / Western five piece band. This album has more electronic sounds and sounds more experimental than their later material.

1. Intro 2. Ame 3. 4. Nagareboshi Bamboo (feat. Satsuki Oyama - erhu) 5. Session 6. 5:35 7. Sogen 8. Outro


Habitual

SOOTHE

Habitual

Ref: FSD4968


Price: 22.99

Second album from Soothe. Tsugaru shamisen combined with Japanese drums (wadaiko) plus drums, bass and guitar. Rock, jazz and other styles mixed with Japanese traditional sounds and Chinese erhu.

1. Habitual 2. Kanzashi 3. Torrado (feat. Hajime Kodama - chorus) 4. Hikari (feat. Satsuki Oyama - erhu) 5. Karetakaze 6. Xavi 7. Saiba (feat. Satsuki Oyama - erhu) 8. Shigure 9. Michi 10. Maniche


Trinitas

SUN SANZUI

Trinitas

Ref: FSD4942


Price: 22.99

Sun Sanzui are three young musicians, Naosaburo Bihou playing narimono (various percussion), Akihisa Kominato (shakuhachi) and Kazuhiro Fukui on Tsugaru shamisen. Each is an accomplished musician in their own right, and on this album they have written 10 new tunes that draw on jazz, rock, country and other influences.

1. Blue Span 2. Aoto 3. Muso 4. Just my Imagination 5. Do-west 6. Go-ahead ! 7. Ku Ku Ri 8. Chiin 9. No.N. Ri 10. Hayabusa


Dixy Dixy

ROCK 'N' TASUKE' ROLL & THE CAPTAIN SWING

Dixy Dixy

Ref: FSD4964


Price: 16.99

Wacky Japanese band who play a frantic blend of rock 'n' roll with rockabilly, swing, dixieland, jugband, chindon and other styles on banjo, accordion, washboard, trumpets and clarinets. Mini album, 7 tracks.

1. Bad Time Rag 2. Special Jug Trio 3. Money Money Money 4. Party, Party 5. Vaudeville de Aimasho 6. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da 7. Dixy Dixy


World's End Wonderland

TOKYO ETHMUSICA

World's End Wonderland

Ref: FSD4437


Price: 25.99

Tokyo Ethmusica were formed in Tokyo in 2003 by Daichi Hayakawa. He comes from an academic background, studying at one of Japan's most prestigious universities, and has a deep interest in music from around the world. Their music is inspired by roots sounds from all corners of the globe, which is combined with pop and dance rhythms and melodies. Originally featuring vocalists from Korea and Okinawa, their first records became radio airplay hits in Japan and their second album was released in Asia and some countries in Europe. Now they are back with a new album, but without the previous vocalists. Instead are guests singers: Miu Sakamoto, daughter of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Meguri Azumino, daughter of minyo singer Takio Ito, Yuyun, a singer from Indonesia and Ashid, a khoomii singer from Mongolia. A big production that fits most easily into the global dance scene, from an east Asian perspective.

1. World's End Wonderland 2. Life is Art 3. A Marriage Song 4. A Small Prayer 5. Pieces of Times 6. Noisy Fly 7. Cry for Soul 8. Here Before 9. Too Many Wishes


Yoshinobori

YUKIHIRO ISSO - SHIRASE

Yoshinobori

Ref: FSD4492


Price: 26.99

First album for three years, and first studio album from Yukihiro Isso, the amazing nohkan flute player and his group Shirase, performing a mix of traditional Japanese music and jazz. 8 tracks.



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


Former Home

TATSUYA KOUMAZAKI & PANGAEA

Former Home

Ref: FSD4187


Price: 24.99

Guitarist Tatsuya Koumazaki is joined by percussion, shibobue flute, koto, waidaiko drums, sho (pipe organ) on an album that mixes traditional and contemporary Japanese sounds with elements of gagaku, shomyo (buddhist chants) and even some Balinese gamelan. 1. Furusato / Former Home 2. The Beat of the Steppe 3. The Moon at Bago 4. Totorasu 5. Funaya (Song for Mother) 6. Nostalgia for Home 7. At a Period of Autumnal Cold 8. Stranger



Kankara Song - Sings Azenbo &Tomomichi Soeda

TAISUKE OKA, HIROAKI KOBAYASHI

Kankara Song - Sings Azenbo &Tomomichi Soeda

Ref: FSD3973


Price: 20.99

Fantastic new album from two young musicians of popular songs from the Taisho period (1912-1927) originally performed by Azenbo Soeda and his son Tomomichi Soeda (aka Satsuki Soeda). Oka plays Kankara Sanshin (Okinawan sanshin made from a tin can) while Kobayashi plays 'rappa nikko' a two stringed fiddle and goros drum, with some accompaniment on tuba (Takero Sekijima), clarinet (Kanji Nakao) trumpet and accordion. This album conveys the atmosphere of a bygone era, and wonderful to hear today's performers doing the songs so well.

1. Tokyo Bushi 2. Rappa Bushi 3. Omoidashita 4. Murasaki Bushi 5. Shin Dondon Bushi 6. Minatouya 7. Akirame Bushi 8. Strike Bushi 9.Fukko Bushi 10. Asakusa Uta 11. Makkuro Bushi 12. Omaeto naraba Dokomademo 13. Nonki Bushi 14. Satsuki no Uta 15. Horohoro Bushi



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Chikyu - Nihon

HIROMITSU KINEYA

Chikyu - Nihon

Ref: FSD3949


Price: 25.99

Hiromitsu Kineya was born into a famous family of Nagauta shamisen players. His great-grandfather probably turned in his grave as Hiromitsu donned an outfit straight out of Star Trek and started playing shamisen with rock and rap. Well, he seems to have calmed down a bit and on his latest album is playing a jazz funk traditional fusion. Kineya wrote all the tunes and got on board well known J-pop arranger Takao Konishi to help out with arrangements, keyboards and programming. They then employed the talents of some great traditional musicians including National Treasures such as Hozan Yamamoto (shakuhachi), Bokusei Mochizuki (kozutsumi), Kisaku Katada (taiko), Wakasa Tsuruga (shinnuchi) and Tetsuo Miyata Tohon (nagauta). The J-pop/trad mix is an interesting concept and this albums brings together some of Japan's finest traditional musicians with one of the leading arrangers working behind the scenes in the J-pop world.



Kanki

MOMONASHI

Kanki

Ref: FSD4532


Price: 25.99

Momonashi are singer Mihoco Kamimura (also a current member of Soul Flower Union) and bassist Jigen. This album celebrates their 10 year anniversary in 2008. Their music has strong Japanese roots elements, similar in some ways to Shang Shang Typhoon in their mixture of Japanese melodies with contemporary instruments. This is a best of live album with various guest musicians such as Masaya Okuno (keyboards) and Hiroshi Kawamura (guitar) from Soul Flower Union, Wataru Okuma (clarinet) and Miwazo Kogure (chindon) from Cicala-Mvta and ex-Kodo member Tetsuro Naito (taiko) The group have performed and had albums released in France. 10 tracks.



MMNS Kayosai - The Miraculous Japanese Songs

MOMONASHI

MMNS Kayosai - The Miraculous Japanese Songs

Ref: FSD3758


Price: 26.99

Momonashi are young female singer and lyricist Mihoco Kamimura and bassist and songwriter Jigen. Most of their songs have strong Japanese flavours, with a quirky twist. Think Shang Shang Typhoon meets Shisars; sort of minyo (folk) mixed with kayokyoku (pop) and avant-garde weirdness. Guests include Wataru Ohkuma (Cicala Mvta) on clarinet, Hiroshi Kawamura (Soul Flower Union) on various effects and keyboards, and Coba (accordion). 15 tracks.



Gaifu

BONTEN

Gaifu

Ref: FSD3602


Price: 26.99

Bonten are a taiko group who are always pushing the limits, searching for new possibilities and collaborating with various artists and dj's. They combine the taiko drums with shakuhachi and other traditional instruments with keyboards in a kind of new age setting.



Pratanas no Ki (Breeze of the Tree)

HINOKI-YA

Pratanas no Ki (Breeze of the Tree)

Ref: FSD3550


Price: 25.99

Hinoki-ya describe themselves as the 'happiest taiko in the world'. From Hakodate in Hokkaido, the taiko drums are augmented by shinobue flute, acoustic guitar and vocals into a Japanese roots mixture with western influences. Also call themselves 'the travelling band' having played in the US, Croatia, Brazil, France and Greece.



Nippon : Neo Japanesque

HIDEHIDE

Nippon : Neo Japanesque

Ref: FSD3547


Price: 26.99

Hidehide are the two Hideki's, Ishigaki on shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and Onoe on shamisen. They have all the right credentials. Ishigaki studied under the great shakuhachi master Hozan Yamamoto while Onoe comes froa long line of shamisen players. Pop, rock and jazzy sounds played on Japanese instruments on a mixture of original tunes and covers including a version of YMO's Rydeen and the classic minyo Soran Bushi.



Kakari Rangen

ISSO YUKIHIRO TRIO

Kakari Rangen

Ref: FSD3540


Price: 26.99

Yukihiro Isso is probably Japan's leading player of noh-kan and shinobue flutes. He is a superb traditional noh flutist performing in noh plays from an early age. However, it's his willingness to experiment, innovate and develop the noh-kan and shinobue flutes that really sets him apart. On this album he plays in a trio with the excellent Natusuki Kido (guitars) and Masaki Yoshimi (tabla, matoka) also playing a variety of western recorders.Brilliantly played by three outstanding musicians, this album is at times quite light in sound, other times with echoes of flamenco or India.



Shirase Live - Fu, Fu, Fu

ISSO YUKIHIRO BAND

Shirase Live - Fu, Fu, Fu

Ref: FSD3541


Price: 26.99

Live recording from 2005 of the amazing noh-kan and shinobue flute player together with a band consisting of violin, guitar, tabla and taiko. Mostly jazz based with Japanese traditional elements. High quality performance. 8 tracks.



Appalachian Shamisen

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO & THE LAST FRONTIER

Appalachian Shamisen

Ref: FSD3444


Price: 25.99

Takeharu is a wonderful shamisen player and rokyoku (storytelling) singer. He developed a highly musical and entertaining style of rock 'n' roll shamisen and in 2003 went to East Tennessee State University for a year to study American traditional culture especially bluegrass. Aged 14 Takeharu had first heard bluegrass and the following year met Bill Monroe in Japan. In Tennessee he started playing his shamisen with a bluegrass band, which led to the formation of the group The Last Frontier. They toured in Japan and the US and recorded this album together. Appalachian Shamisen feels like an entirely natural combination, the result of years of absorbing bluegrass into rokyoku and shamisen. Brilliantly played, with loads of humour. Fantastic stuff.



Hibiki

SATOKO NISHIKAWA

Hibiki

Ref: FSD3414


Price: 26.99

First solo album from Satoko Nishikawa, one of the wonderful female singers of Shang Shang Typhoon. High quality, Asian/Japanese roots pop. Collaborators include Aki Ozawa (guitar, produce) plus an excellent band featuirng tuba, sax, violin, trumpet, accordion, percussion and Korean changoo. 12 tracks, mostly originals.



The Yoshiwara

EISHIBA X TOSHINORI KONDO

The Yoshiwara

Ref: FSD2135


Price: 26.99

Eishiba is a singer of the hauta and kouta traditions, regional and short songs for shamisen, popular in early Edo period Japan in the restaurants and brothels of the cities, in the type of music the geishas would sing. She is accompanied by shamisen and Toshinori Kondo on electric trumpet, programming and synthesizers, on a CD that succesfully blends ancient and modern Japan. Not just a CD of programmed beats with sampled decoration, this is a genuine collaboration to create something new and musically challenging. Slightly weird, rather wonderful and highly recommended.



Nodoomi

TARBAGAN

Nodoomi

Ref: FSD2762


Price: 25.99

Tarbagan are the excellent Japanese duo of Masahiko Todoriki (hoomii- throat singing) and Haruhiko Saga (morin huur- horse head fiddle). They have spent many years studying and playing Tuvan and Mongolian music, performing with Huun-Huur Tur, and many Japanese musicians including Okinawans Misako Koja, Tetsuhiro Daiku and Ainu musician OKI with his Far East Band. OKI makes a guest appearance on this album of 10 tracks of Tuvan and Mongolian folk songs.



Shang Shang Typhoon 11 - Attarimaeda

SHANG SHANG TYPHOON

Shang Shang Typhoon 11 - Attarimaeda

Ref: FSD3144


Price: 23.99

After 15 years or so, Shang Shang Typhoon are still one of Japan's best roots bands. Their music is a mix of Japanese style pop, Okinawan, and other Asian and world sounds. The two female singers, Emi and Satoko are on fine form, as is their leader, composer and banjo player Koryu. This is their 11th album with a good mix of songs from ballads to funky numbers.

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Namazemi

CICALA MVTA

Namazemi

Ref: FSD3171


Price: 24.99

Cicala Mvta have gained a considerable reputation around the world for their dynamic live performances. Their music takes in many influences, including punk, avant-garde jazz, progressive rock and Japanese chindon (street performance) music. This live album, recorded during their Spring tour 2006 shows why. Led by clarinetist Wataru Ohkuma, plus some of Japan's most innovative musicians including Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi (sax) Yoshiki Sakurai (guitar) Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins (drums) and Miwazo on chindon and gorus drums.

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Zero Shiki

HIROMICHI SAKAMOTO

Zero Shiki

Ref: FSD1408b


Price: 26.99

Amazing solo album from the eccentric, eclectic cello player, who won many fans when touring in 2000 in Europe with Cicala Mvta, especially for his cello electric saw routine. Avant-garde, unclassifiable, constantly challenging and recommended. Hiromichi uses various electronic effects and voices to create some stunning music.



Sugar Land

SIZZLE OHTAKA

Sugar Land

Ref: FSD3153


Price: 24.99

Perhaps this is the album we've all been waiting for Sizzle Ohtaka to record, ever since her haunting version of Shokichi Kina's 'Hana' in the early 90s. It's a pretty simple concept; her glorious, pure voice singing traditional Okinawan songs, such as Tinsagu nu Hana, Tsuki nu Kaisha, Shimajima Kaisha, Asadoya Yunta and a few new songs too, with mostly sanshin, guitar, minimal percussion, the distant chink of a Buddhist rin, and a few nature sounds in stripped down arrangements.Her voice matches her choice of fashion; contemporary kimono-based, unmistakably rooted in Japan with a modern cool chic. She has long held a fascination with the music of Okinawa and this latest album was recorded at the southernmost restaurant in Japan, in Hateruma Island, Okinawa. Eleven tracks.



Bon Voyage

HARRY HOSONO

Bon Voyage

Ref: FSD1290a


Price: 21.99

Classic 70s album including mixture of New Orleans / Okinawan plus other Asian music. Highly recommended.



Hawaii Champloo

M. KUBOTA & YUYAKE GAKUDAN

Hawaii Champloo

Ref: FSD665


Price: 23.99

Remixes of classic material from Makoto and the Sunset Gang, includes Haisai Ojisan.



Beauty

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO

Beauty

Ref: FSD1368


Price: 18.99

Re-issue onto mid-price of classic 1989 album featuring guests including the Okinawa Chans (inc.Misako Koja,ex-Nenes), Youssou N'Dour, Arto Lindsay and many others.



Music for Onmyoji

REIGAKUSYA, BRIAN ENO WITH PETER SCHWALM

Music for Onmyoji

Ref: FSD1394


Price: 38.99

Stunning double CD and one of the releases of the year 2000. One CD is of traditional gagaku, ancient court music, somewhat eerie in quality. The other is Eno's interesting take on the music. Originally to accompany a book, the CD has become a runaway success in Japan. Elaborate, mirror image artwork, makes it difficult to decipher the text including English notes notes written by Eno.



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Jomon-Ko Spirit Dance

TOSHIYUKI TSUCHITORI

Jomon-Ko Spirit Dance

Ref: FSD 1770


Price: 23.99

Percussionist Tsuchitori recreates the musical sound of the earliest period of Japanese cultural history, by playing unusual earthenware clay drums thought to be from the Jomon period, between twelve and thirteen thousand years ago, together with reconstructed versions of earthenware flutes and bell, as well as South American and Indian flutes. The music is a kind of tribal drumming, with different flutes playing short refrains and occasional melodies, all done in an accessible and interesting way.



Tokyo Daruma Gaeru

YUKIHIRO ISSO

Tokyo Daruma Gaeru

Ref: FSD1767


Price: 26.99

Twelve years after it's release, Isso's influential album finally gets re-released and re-packaged after being deleted for a few years. Spectacular nohkan and shinobue (Japanese flute) playing accompanied by guitar, percussion and Japanese taiko drums, and various luminaries from the Japanese jazz and improvised scene including Yosuke Yamashita on piano, sax player Akira Sakata, guitarist Kazumi Watanabe and Kiyohiko Semba on percussion. This album was released at the time of the World Music boom in Japan, when Japanese musicians first explored what they could do with their own musical roots. Some experimentations now sound dated, but this has stood the test of time, as Japanese traditions are combined with flamenco, Indian and other traditions and jazz, and performed with stunning technique.



Wind At Moon Night

TATSUYA KOUMAZAKI & PANGAEA

Wind At Moon Night

Ref: FSD2585


Price: 26.99

Tatsuya Koumazaki plays an acoustic guitar, made from paulownia wood so it sounds similar to a koto (Japanese zither). He is backed up by his group Pangea playing a mixture of Japanese (shinobu, noukan flutes, koto) and Western instruments (percussion and bass). This album was recorded in a sake brewery and has a meditative, spiritual feeling. It features a poem reading and even the Chief sake brewer on the album's final track. Booklet is in Japanese washi paper, adding to the effect on a wonderful album.



Dakara Konya

GEVIL

Dakara Konya

Ref: FSD3482


Price: 14.99

Gevil mix Japanese taiko drums with punk rock, backed by 'hayashi' festival chants and even elements of enka. The group have been causing a bit of a stir in Japan and the US. Led by the charismatic and powerful taiko drummer and vocalist (and well known tattoo artist) Waka, the group dress in 'happy coats' worn at Japanese festivals, the audience at their explosive gigs join in the moves, matsuri or Japanese festival style. This is their first major single, released November 2006, 4 tracks including a pretty incredible taiko meets hard rock version of Mission Impossible.



Matsuri Tengoku

GEVIL

Matsuri Tengoku

Ref: FSD3483


Price: 21.99

Released 2005, Matsuri Tengoku features seven tracks of taiko/punk mayhem. From Tokyo, Waka's (aka Hirozumi Jadoh) taiko drums and vocals are augmented by guitar, bass and drums. The group spent some time in New York where they played at S.O.B's and CBGB's among other live venues in the city. The tracks include a version of the Japanese minyo classic Soran Bushi, (titled Haikei Zipang Soran Bushi) and Gevil Samba.



Tenchi Musou

GEVIL

Tenchi Musou

Ref: FSD3484


Price: 22.99

Taiko meets punk rock in the hands of this explosive band from Tokyo. Their material is a mixture of original tunes and outrageous arrangements of traditional folk tunes. This album is of 10 tracks, including Kokoro Bushi, Love Lotion, Dream Catcher and Koko ni Saku Hana.



Rakuen - The Gradation of Karma

SORMA

Rakuen - The Gradation of Karma

Ref: FSD2827


Price: 26.99

Excellent electronic dance, trance and grooves from Japan. World flavours from China, (guzheng) Japan (shakuhachi) Hawaiian chants, Gypsy violin, Mongolian urtiin duu and hoomi, India and Senegal. Mostly laid back lounge style with Oriental flavours.



Komatchakle

KOMATCHA KLEZMER

Komatchakle

Ref: FSD1525


Price: 26.99

Sax player Kazutoki Umezu is one of Japan's most inventive musicians, performing solo, with a wide variety of guests or on albums by Tetsuhiro Daiku, Oki and many others. Klezmer has for a long time been one of his major loves (previously Betsuni nanno Klezmer) and is here joined by violin, accordion, tuba and drums on a kind of chindon/klezmer mix. If you like Cicala Mvta or Strada this should be to your taste.



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Lamb And Mutton

MAMA MILK

Lamb And Mutton

Ref: FSD1812


Price: 26.99

Instrumental group fronted by Kosuke Shimizu on bass and Yuko Ikoma on accordion. Similar to the type of folk songs before the second world war, and approach of groups such as Ego Wrappin' and Cicala Mvta.



Gala de Caras

MAMA MILK

Gala de Caras

Ref: FSD2272


Price: 26.99

Third album by the fantastic duo of Kosuke Shimizu (contrabass) & Yuko Ikoma (accordion & piano). Unusual and inventive, CD comes with video clip.



Gekkoishi No Shippo

KOMATCHA KLEZMER

Gekkoishi No Shippo

Ref: FSD2141


Price: 26.99

Latest album from the superb Japanese klezmer band featuring the wonderful Kazutoki Umezu on clarinet. Original, compelling music with some Japanese elements.



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Aruku Hito

COMPOSTELLA

Aruku Hito

Ref: FSD965


Price: 26.99

Chindon music, a kind of brass and percussion street music, updated with raw power and energy.



Minna No Junray

ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY

Minna No Junray

Ref: FSD2575


Price: 26.99

Asa-Chang is an extraordinary percussionist and tabla player. He used to play with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, before turning solo and creating Junray. His music is difficult to define, but usually is experimental, often has a certain Asian quality and is always fascinating. His music has been lauded in especially the UK where his records have been released on the Leaf label. This is the new Japanese album, up to the indefinable quality.



Sono Ichi , Atamakin

SHIGETO UENO - UTAZOUSHI

Sono Ichi , Atamakin

Ref: FSD3763


Price: 26.99

First album in the series by wonderful shamisen player and singer. Japanese traditional sounding shamisen and melodies are accompanied by jazzy piano, sax, drums, bass and chindon. Ueno's clear vocals have a slightly comic feel to them, very endearing. 15 tracks.



Sono Ni, Midori No Hitoyo

SHIGETO UENO-UTAZOUSHI

Sono Ni, Midori No Hitoyo

Ref: FSD1521


Price: 26.99

Moto Ueno plays shamisen and sings and on this unusual album accompanied by jazz musicians playing sax, bass and drums. Ueno is also a member of the excellent Tsurureko Sachu. Absolutely wonderful.



Sono San, Sobaya No Sumide

SHIGETO UENO-UTAZOUSHI

Sono San, Sobaya No Sumide

Ref: FSD1522


Price: 26.99

On second album, guitar, violin, piano, mandolin, sax and drums join Moto Ueno's shamisen and voice. More pop, less jazz than first album, wonderful, weird, unique stuff.



Kuma

TSUREREKO SACHU

Kuma

Ref: FSD1121


Price: 26.99

Accordions, percussions, bouzouki, tubas combine in Japanese trad CD. Thrilling.



Amana

AMANA

Amana

Ref: FSD1183


Price: 25.99

Three piece Okinawa based female band, playing own style of Indian music. Intriguing.



Emme

EMME

Emme

Ref: FSD2507


Price: 26.99

Emme is the latest singer to be dubbed as a Japanese world music artist. She has a certain Japanese way of singing, although is still fairly western pop sounding at times. She is accompanied by a range of instruments including Japanese shakuhachi, koto and shamisen, plus Javanese gamelan and other east Asian instuments, African percussion, sitars, s well as guitars, bass, trombones, flutes and western percussion. A big production, brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, but could perhaps have benefited from a more simple approach at times. Nevertheless, this is a creative and imaginative work, deserving of the praise it has been receiving.



Malacca

KAHO SHIMADA

Malacca

Ref: FSD1190


Price: 26.99

Produced by Makoto Kubota, Japanese/Asian pop, includes Sabah Habas' 'Denpasar Moon'.



Wa No Kokoroe, Yo No Umami

KAORINHO FUJIWARA & HIS BOSANOMUCHO

Wa No Kokoroe, Yo No Umami

Ref: FSD1776


Price: 26.99

Guitarist Kaoru Fujiwara and his band mix bossa nova and samba with Japanese minyo, or folk music, with great success.



Trilogia

CHORO CLUB

Trilogia

Ref: FSD5184


Price: 26.99

Choro Club are three talented musicians; Oh Akioka on bandolim, Shigeharu Sasago on guitar and double bassist Jyoji Sawada. Their music is rooted in, but not limited to, the music of Brazil, taking in other world and jazz elements. They have performed extensively in Japan not only in concert halls and clubs, but shrines, museums and gardens. 12 orginal tracks featuring guest musicians on accordion, percussion, flute and cello.

1. Cantilena 2. Giulia Mia 3. No Cafe Socaite 4. Toadilha 5. Blue Horizon 6. Desmaido 7. Flor da Berinjela 8. Circle Line 9. Chorando na Rodeira 10. Quem com Ferro, Com Ferro Sera Ferido 11. Love Seasons 12. Quatrain


Prevendo

CHORO CLUB

Prevendo

Ref: FSD3039


Price: 26.99

Choro Club are three Japanese musicians, Jyoji Sawada, Shigeharu Sasago and Oh Akioka who play choro and other Brazilian influenced instrumental music. In demand as session musicians as well (including Okinawan Yasukatsu Oshima) they are outstanding players of guitars, bandolin, and double bass, and are joined by various guests on saxophone, percussion, flute and other instruments.



Maritima

CHORO CLUB

Maritima

Ref: FSD1532


Price: 26.99

Three piece acoustic group in laid back kind of style. The most interesting moments are with guests, vocalist Epo, and Okinawan Yasukatsu Oshima.



Nanatsu No Umi

B-COME

Nanatsu No Umi

Ref: FSD1773


Price: 26.99

Unusual combination of the Japanese koto and shakuhachi, with Turkish saz, plus percussion and keyboards. The female vocals are in western style despite being Japanese folk songs. Has leanings towards 'Healing' music, but has it's more interesting moments.



Za Chushingura

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO

Za Chushingura

Ref: FSD1364


Price: 18.99

Rock 'n roll shamisen, plus slow numbers with synthesizer accomapaniment, but all with Kunimoto's distinctive voice., Short (37mins) on running time, 3 tracks.



Enoken Meets Toriroh (2 CDs)

KENICHI ENOMOTO with TORIRO MIKI

Enoken Meets Toriroh (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD2328


Price: 34.99

Enoken (1904-1970) is known as the comedy king of showa, very popular in Japan before and after the second world war, appearing in films, operettas, theater, radio and TV. This 2 CD set is a collaboration with the great composer Toriroh Miki. Disc 1 features music performed by Enoken from his film career, written by Toriroh. Disc 2 is of Enoken's legendary radio programmes including comedy and drama. Listening to this, gives a real taste of 1940s and 50s Japan.



Best Collection of Enoken

KENICHI ENOMOTO

Best Collection of Enoken

Ref: FSD2329


Price: 34.99

Great 2 CDcollection that includes Enoken's last recordings and rare tracks.



Best Collection of Enoken - Complete

KENICHI ENOMOTO

Best Collection of Enoken - Complete

Ref: FSD2330


Price: 26.99

Tracks not included on other compilations, including some rare tracks.



Enoken's Kinema Songs

KENICHI ENOMOTO

Enoken's Kinema Songs

Ref: FSD2331


Price: 26.99

34 track compilation of Enoken's most famous film songs.



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