Entertaining CD from wonderful female singer Umekichi. She sings 'hayariuta' (popular songs) from the early Showa period- 1930s. Shamisen and Japanese percussion plus some western instruments. Rhythmical, upbeat, joyful set of twelve tracks, including three karaoke tracks if you're up for singing yourself. Well know tunes include Ohedo Shusse Kouta, Kirigirisu, Kiso Bushi, Sado Okesa, Hakata Dontaku, Kyushu Tankou Bushi and Dodoitsu. Quintessentially Japanese traditional sounding music with a modern twist.