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Best - Kana Uta (2 CDs)

MISAKO OSHIRO

Best - Kana Uta (2 CDs)

Ref: FSD6573


Price: 29.99

Compilation of one of Okinawa's greatest female singers. The tracks range from early 1960s to the late 1990s on local labels such as Marufuku and Maruteru as well as Japanese labels such as Victor. There are live recordings from the 1975 Ryukyu festival and rare tracks from an album in 1998 she appeared on called Kizuna. Includes many tracks in duet with Rinsho Kadekaru.

CD1.

1. Kata Umui (1962) 2. Hiyuku Bushi (1964) 3. Kamayashina Bushi (1967-68) 4. Hikigwa Bushi (1967-68) 5. Amisuku Bushi (1967-68) 6. Muegwa Bushi (1966-67) 7. Nisegwa Bachi (1966-67) 8. Kunjyandefuku (1966-67) 9. Uyanukukuru (1966-67) 10. Kabira Bushi (1966-67) 11. Nmufuinakuni (1966-67) 12. Kunjyanjintoyo (1975) 13. Ashimiji Bushi (1975) 14. Hoshikuma (1975) 15. Guikuyo (1975) 16. Nakashima Bushi (1975) 17. Shirakumu Bushi (1975)

CD2

1.Kata Umui (1975) 2. Kunjyuya (1975) 3. Sagichijyuya (1997-980 4. Uyanukukuru (1997-98) 5. Unnanabi (1997-98) 6. Hinsujyurigwa (1997-98) 7. Shima Umui (1997-98) 8. Kata Umui (1997-98) 9. Yo Kanayo (1997-98) 10. Kaisare 91997-98) 11. Nakuni (1997-98) 12. Menta Bushi (1998) 13. Shima Meguri (1998) 14. Chibumi (1998) 15. Kaisare (1970) 16. Nakuni (1970)



Umari Jima

YUKO NARISOKO

Umari Jima

Ref: FSD6498


Price: 15.99

Third album from singer /piano player from Ishigaki Island, who has become popular throughout Japan. Well known Okinawan tunes with a pop backing. Produced by Hitoshi Kamichi from Begin.

1. Akata Sundunchi 2. Umari Jima 3. Famure Uta (Yukito Ara) 4. Nada Sou Sou (Rimi Natsukawa) 5. Dinamic Ryukyu 6. Shimauta (The Boom) 7. Satoukibi Batake (Ryoko Moriyama) 8. Hana (Shokichi Kina) 9. Warabigami -Yamatoguchi version (Misako Koja)


Koi no Yoisura Bushi

LUCY

Koi no Yoisura Bushi

Ref: FSD6261


Price: 16.99

Mini-album from Okinawan/Peruvian singer. Five songs including the title track which won a local prize. Traditional style with accompaniment by Nao (Taiko) and Shizuko Oshiro on sanshin.

1. Koi no Yoisura Bushi 2. Koi Ji Makura 3. 4. Yaeyama Sodachi 5. Tsuki nu Mapiroma Bushi 6. Koi no Yoisura Bushi (instrumental)



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)



Kita to Minami (North and South)

OKI meets MISAKO OSHIRO

Kita to Minami (North and South)

Ref: FSD5968


Price: 26.99

Fantastic new collaboration album by two giants of their own respective music and traditions. Oki is the best known and most respected Ainu musician from the northern island of Japan, Hokkaido. Misako Oshiro is a veteran female singer and sanshin player from the southernmost island of Okinawa. Together they have created something quite special, with help from Oshiro's student Kanako Horiuchi (also originally from Hokkaido, but not Ainu), Oki's Dub Ainu Band members Takashi Numazawa on drums and chorus vocals from Futoshi. Oki himself plays an array of instruments including tonkori, guitar, bass, synthesizer and percussion. Mix of traditional Okinawan tunes, original songs by Oki and even a cover of Red Ojisan from the first Shoukichi Kina and Champloose album from 1977.

1. Katami Bushi 2. Kui Katare 3. Kita to Minami 4. Nanyo Hamachidori 5. Yoo Kana Yoo 6. Red Ojisan 7. Rank Bushi 8. Hinsuu Juri Guwaa 9. Yacchaa Guwaa, Tomai Takahashi 10. Minami to Kita




Hiyamikachi - A Collection of Okinawan Upbeat Music!

LUCY

Hiyamikachi - A Collection of Okinawan Upbeat Music!

Ref: FSD5858


Price: 16.99

New album from the wonderful Peruvian born Okinawan female singer Lucy. Upbeat Okinawan music, mostly traditional renditions with three modern and retro arrangements with surf guitar and other elements. Hugely enjoyable.

1. Hiyamikachibushi 2. Harikuyamaku 3. Mimurabushi 4. Chodeguwabushi 5. Mentabushi - Safuenbushi 6. Uminuchinbora - Akayamabushi 7. Muraukushibushi 8. Inishiribushi 9. Ichibanaribushi - Tanchame 10. Sunumanzai - Jissoubushi 11. Hounen Ondo 12. Haichikutenbushi (Takouyama)



Ninufabushi

LUCY

Ninufabushi

Ref: FSD5580


Price: 21.99

Lovely album from Peruvian born Lucy, who has been living in Okinawa and studying Okinawan music for 16 years. Her superb vocals and sanshin are ably accompanied by Kenji Yano (Surf Champlers, Sanshin Café Orchestra, Moriken) on guitar and ukulele. Laid back, gentle versions of mostly modern classics including Nenes' Umukaji, Shokichi Kina's Hana, The Boom's Shima Uta (sung in Spanish) Yasukatsu Oshima's Irayoi Tsuki ya Hama plus older traditional tunes including Tinsaga nu Hana and Tobarama.

1. Umukaji 2. Unai Shima 3. Hanagurumu 4. Ikem Miyarabi 5. Irayoi Tsukiyohama 6. Obana Bushi 7. Tubaraama 8. Shimauta 9. Subete no Hito no Kokoro ni Hana o 10. Tinsagu nu Hana



Gekka Bijin

CLAUDIA

Gekka Bijin

Ref: FSD4961


Price: 26.99

Claudia is an Okinawan/Argentine singer with the Boom's Miyazawa's project Ganga Zumba. This is her first solo album, produced by Miyazawa and features guests from Begin, Mongol 800 and Diamantes amongst others. Nice mix of Okinawan, Argentine and Japanese music. 1. Kimi machi Yoigusa 2. Furin 3. Ohzora 4. Gekka Bijin 5. Aoku, Shiroku, Aoku, Kagayaku Taiyo 6. Minami e 7. 66 okubun no 1 no Kiseki 8. Noche de Luna 11. Arino mama no Anatae 12. Gekka Bijin - Uchinaaguchi 13. Furin - Tayui



Tida nu Faa

KANAKO HATOMA

Tida nu Faa

Ref: FSD4572


Price: 26.99

New album from the excellent young singer from Ishigaki island. Produced by Sadao China, she sings traditional and modern minyo with pop influences. She is joined on some tracks by musician parents. 12 tracks.



Hajinufa

YUKO ARAKAKI

Hajinufa

Ref: FSD4011


Price: 22.99

Yuko Arakaki spent ten years from 1993 singing and playing sanshin as part of Tetsuhiro Daiku's backing group, Tsundalers. This is her first solo album, produced by Yuzo Goto (who played in the backing band of the original Nenes) that combines Okinawan shima uta with a bluesy and tropical sound. 11 tracks.



Kajin

MASAE NAKADA

Kajin

Ref: FSD3751


Price: 19.99

Every now and then, Sadao China, the legendary producer, musician and founder of Nenes, takes a new singer under his wing. One of the latest is female vocalist Masae Nakada, owner of an exquisite voice. Most of the songs were written by China, who as well as being producer plays sanshin, ryukin (koto) taiko and even some guitar. Keyboards, electric guitar, pianica and other instruments also feature on a quality album of mostly slow material but with some more lively moments. Some traditional sounding songs among the mostly modern arrangements.



The Life Comes Round

MISAKO KOJA

The Life Comes Round

Ref: FSD4481


Price: 25.99

Third solo album and second since leaving Nenes. Misako Koja is not exactly prolific when it comes to album releases but listening to this new one and reading the credits you can understand why. As always produced by ex-Nenes kebyoard player and co-producer Kazuya Sahara, The Life Comes Round, features 21 backing musicians. These include her former Nenes friends Namiko Miyazato and Yukino Hiyane, Spanish Galician pipe and flute player Carlos Nunes, and Chinese musicians Jiang Xiao Qing on guzheng, and Ma Ping on various Chinese percussion instruments. However, the most important and impressive thing about this album are the superb original songs penned by Sahara, and arrangements and choice of a few traditional tunes, including the Irish trad song, The Mountains of Pomeroi. This album has everything; quality, variety, joy, passion and of course one of the greatest voices in Okinawa. Comes with English translation of the lyrics.

1. Tin Jara 2. The Mountains of Pomeroi 3. Tida-nu-fa 4. Kuroi-Ame 5. Kugani-n-guwa 6.Umi nu Chinbora - Akayama 7. Nachi-nu-Sansana 8. Aki no Odori 9. Fuyu no Hanakage 10. Amazing Grace 11. Kunjan Sabakui 12. Miguru-Inochi



Ama Kakeru Hashi

MISAKO KOJA

Ama Kakeru Hashi

Ref: FSD1433


Price: 26.99

First post Nenes solo album from former leader of the women's quartet was worth waiting for.Traditional and original lullabies and songs that tell the life of Misako Koja. Produced and with textured keyboards by Kasuya Sahara who helped shape the original Nenes sound. Includes fascinating song featuring Koja's voice when aged 9, with present voice aged 48. Not just one of the Okinawan albums this year, but of any year. Simply beautiful.



Winagu

NAMIKO MIYAZATO

Winagu

Ref: FSD1725


Price: 24.99

First solo album by ex-singer from Nenes, that includes one song by Nenes. Produced and accompanied by keyboard player, Kazuya Sahara, partly responsible for that wonderful early Nenes sound, and the former main singer with Nenes, Misako Koja.



Kunachi

TOMOKO UEHARA

Kunachi

Ref: FSD1372


Price: 26.99

Female vocalist with Rinken Band accompanied by mainly simple acoustic guitar. Beautiful songs, beautifully sung. Recommended. Comes as CD Extra.



Umachi

TOMOKO UEHARA

Umachi

Ref: FSD2408


Price: 25.99

Tomoko Uehara is the wife of Teruya Rinken and one of the best singers in Okinawa. On her fourth solo album she sings shima uta (island songs) accompanied by Rinken on acoustic guitar. The title 'Umachi' relates to one of Okinawa's traditional festivals, that offers prayers for a bountiful harvest.



Ajimaa No Uta

TOMOKO UEHARA & RINKEN BAND

Ajimaa No Uta

Ref: FSD2240


Price: 26.99

One of Okinawa's great female singers, Tomoko Uehara, with husband, musician, producer Rinken and his band. Soundtrack to the film Ajimaa No Uta' which includes tracks of live performances by Rinken Band in Okinawa.Not the best place to discover Rinken Band, but a worthwhile listen if you are already hooked by these talented musicians.



Okichan Land II

SACHIKO SHIMA

Okichan Land II

Ref: FSD3093


Price: 26.99

Sachiko Shima is the superb female voice heard on Sarabandge and other Kenji Yano projects. On this beautiful solo album of children's songs and songs about children her vocals are accompanied by ryukin (koto) mandolin, sanshin and guitar, all played by Shima, plus bass and other occasional instruments. Extremely warm sound that has a retro feel to it, and a great performance from an artist who deserves a wider audience.

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Tinjara

CHIHIRO KAMIYA

Tinjara

Ref: FSD2438


Price: 26.99

Young female Okinawan singer's second album. Kamiya has a superb voice her talent given the room to shine by producer, the excellent Toru Yonaha.



Hawaiinawa

TERESA BRIGHT

Hawaiinawa

Ref: FSD3442


Price: 23.99

One of Hawaii's top singers, Teresa Bright sings Okinawan songs, but naturally in her own Hawaiian style, with elements of blues and jazz. 14 tracks including Nada Sousou, Hana, Shimajima Kaisha, Asadoya Yunta, Shima Yakara, Nirakanai Matsuri, Warabi Gami, Chimu Kaganasa Bushi, Nangoku Sodachi, Bashofu, Kaze, TInsagu nu Hana, Hore Hore Bushi.



Miyarabi Shimauta

CHIHIRO KAMIYA

Miyarabi Shimauta

Ref: FSD2267


Price: 26.99

The daughter of excellent island singer of Okinawa, Koichi Kamiya, shows a lot of potential on her first album. Produced by in demand session player and producer Toru Yonaha. Good singing, excellent sanshin, but like Yonaha's album could do without the western drum kit, which kills the natural rhythm. Nonetheless, mostly enjoyable.



Kaze No Shonkanee

MIKA UCHIZATO

Kaze No Shonkanee

Ref: FSD2584


Price: 26.99

Mika Uchizato is one of the best young female singers in Okinawa. She has previously worked with Ryukyu Underground, and this is her second solo album. Good selection of material avoids the cliche classics, and there is some imaginative arrangements and instrumentation. Occasionally the album goes dangerously high on the cheesy synthesizer barometer, and indulgent over sweetness, but generally another promising album from an excellent singer.



Chichiyumi Ma

TOMOKO KUWAE

Chichiyumi Ma

Ref: FSD2414


Price: 26.99

Back in the 1970s Tomoko Kuwae was a pop idle singer in Japan, even winning a prestigious award. Like many others she was soon forgotten about and disappeared. Surprisingly she has resurfaced singing her native Okinawan minyo folk tunes, some with a latin flavour. Aside to traditional minyo, are some of her original songs and covers including Takashi Hirayasu's 'Aitaina' and a duet with Misako Koja (ex-Nenes) original singer of the wonderful 'Warabi-gami'.



Kajimaya

TOMOKO KUWAE

Kajimaya

Ref: FSD3175


Price: 26.99

Pop idol singer from the 70s and 80s has reinvented herself as a singer of Okinawan minyo. On this album Tomoko Kuwae is joined by young sanshin player Toru Yonaha while Shigearu Sasago from the excellent Choro Club produces. The eleven tracks include traditional Okinawan tunes, her original songs and covers.



Omorouta

CHIEKO IHA MEETS KURICORDER QUARTET

Omorouta

Ref: FSD1155


Price: 26.99

Before Nenes were the Four Sisters, that included Chieko Iha. Superb vocals accompanied by guitar and recorders. If you like Nenes, you'll like this.

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Tinin

KAZUMI TAMAKI

Tinin

Ref: FSD1081


Price: 26.99

Reminiscent of early Nenes.Okinawan female vocalist, part of the original Okinawa Chans. Traditional with interesting, unsual backing including oud and violin.



Yoon No Michi

KANAKO HATOMA

Yoon No Michi

Ref: FSD1615


Price: 26.99

Young female singer from Ishigaki, Yaeyama, and a kind of protoge of Sadao China, producer of Nenes. Although Kanako shows much potential, occasionally arrangements and songs border on cheap and pop. In balance, just about rescued by Kanako's obvious talent as she is a wonderful, charming singer.



Shima Tsundasa

CHIDORI NARAI

Shima Tsundasa

Ref: FSD1375


Price: 26.99

Okinawan female singer from Iriomote, Okinawa's wildest and remotest island. Mixing traditional and contemporary but occasionally turns too bland. Features Kenji Yano of Surf Champlers fame.

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The Life Comes Round

MISAKO KOJA

The Life Comes Round

Ref: FSD4481


Price: 25.99

Third solo album and second since leaving Nenes. Misako Koja is not exactly prolific when it comes to album releases but listening to this new one and reading the credits you can understand why. As always produced by ex-Nenes kebyoard player and co-producer Kazuya Sahara, The Life Comes Round, features 21 backing musicians. These include her former Nenes friends Namiko Miyazato and Yukino Hiyane, Spanish Galician pipe and flute player Carlos Nunes, and Chinese musicians Jiang Xiao Qing on guzheng, and Ma Ping on various Chinese percussion instruments. However, the most important and impressive thing about this album are the superb original songs penned by Sahara, and arrangements and choice of a few traditional tunes, including the Irish trad song, The Mountains of Pomeroi. This album has everything; quality, variety, joy, passion and of course one of the greatest voices in Okinawa. Comes with English translation of the lyrics.

1. Tin Jara 2. The Mountains of Pomeroi 3. Tida-nu-fa 4. Kuroi-Ame 5. Kugani-n-guwa 6.Umi nu Chinbora - Akayama 7. Nachi-nu-Sansana 8. Aki no Odori 9. Fuyu no Hanakage 10. Amazing Grace 11. Kunjan Sabakui 12. Miguru-Inochi



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