Tokyo Ethmusica features sound producer, Daichi Hayakawa from Tokyo and two female singers, Yong Ae, a fourth generation Korean and Miho Hirae from the island of Ishigaki, Okinawa, in the south of Japan. Hayakawa writes songs inspired by various world music, and the singers express his vision. Daichi Hayakawa comes from an academic and musical background The three artists met in Tokyo in 2003 to form Tokyo Ethmusica. They first released a mini album from an independent record label in January 2004. The group have since been picked up by various radio stations and TV programmes, and by a major record company. Their sound is fairly pop, with the world music elements kept as a sort of decoration in the background. Tokyo Ethmusica sing not only in Japanese but also in Korean and English.