I tweeted about it and here it is, the Fauta Blog, totally dedicated to bringing you links to Okinawan artists (and music) found in the iTunes Store (United States).
Here’s a list of artists from Okinawa (or with ties to Okinawa) whose music can be purchased on iTunes. You may find that some of the artists are listed twice at the store and they may be listed under a different genre so navigating the store can be quite difficult. (Please note that clicking on any of the below links will open iTunes.)
Utasaa (Folk Singers)
Takayashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman
Yamato Tokuhara “Shoki no Tokuhara Yamato“
Toru Yonaha (1) (2)
Alternative, Bossa Nova, Dance, Mixture, Punk, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Salsa
GANGA ZUMBA — features Kazufumi Miyazawa (THE BOOM) and Claudia Oshiro
HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR
IN-HI or INDIAN-HI
m.o.v.e’s “Speed Master (feat. 8-BALL)” (8-BALL is a J-rock group from Okinawa)
Okinawa Jazz Kyoukai (Association)
ORANGE RANGE’s “Kirikirimai” from Fantastic Four – The Album
Ryukyu Symphony Orchestra
Ryukyu Underground (Link 1)
Ryukyu Underground (Link 2)
Takuji a.k.a. Geetek
Teresa Bright’s “Hawaiinawa“
Fumi “Sanshin de Kikitai Hikitai J-Pop Best 15“
HSB (Hirosaki University Steelpan Band) “Steelpan de Kiku Okinawa Ongaku“
Kokohana’s “Warabi Gami“
Kazuhisa Negishi “Sanshin de Kikitai Hikitai Okinawa no Uta Best 16“
Keali’i Reichel’s “Ka Nohona Pili Kai”
Talvin Singh’s “O.K.”
Masaaki Tamae “Beautiful Okinawa Melodies“
ZZ Featuring KEN from DA PUMP “Walk Into the Light”
Originally posted on Karakui.com and remixed over at Internet-Okinawa.com several moons ago. I’ll keep this list updated and add it to Karakui’s Pages (you’ll find the links to our Pages on the sidebar).
The current list before you was last updated on August 20, 2009.
We welcome any links you may’ve discovered on iTunes and want to contribute to the list. Please leave a comment or email us at info[at]karakui[dot]com.