Anly announced a new midsummer digital single “Cancel Machi no Koi” to be released on August 4th and that she will be touring in November for her Loop Pedal Set. Anly’s previous single, “Star Wink”, was released in January and she had to cancel her Okinawa concert in June due to the pandemic. The good news is she’ll finish her Loop Pedal Set tour in Okinawa on December 10th!
Hajime Chitose is celebrating her 20th anniversary of her indies career with the release of “Tokotowa” on August 4th. The album will feature a total of 11 songs with a mix of shimauta and Amami inspired songs (includes two versions of her hit song “Wadatsumi no Ki”).
Campus Records is continuing their 50th anniversary celebration with new (their last video was more than a year ago) YouTube videos featuring full–length albums from their amazing catalog of shimauta and shimauta pops. They have also taken the time and indexed the songs (timestamps, artist name, song name) too! The videos are themed so there’s a collection of eisaa songs, hayabiki songs, etc., so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that fits your current mood. So open up a browser tab and enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to their channel. 😊
You have until August 13 (Okinawa time) to submit your theme song for the Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival next year. Visit their website’s page for the contest guidelines but one that stood out is that the theme song must have lyrics in Japanese so sadly no instrumentals. Here are the theme song contest details:
In order to welcome Uchinānchu from around the world who will be participating in the festival, we are looking for a theme song that will enliven the festival pre-events and events promoting exchange with the citizens of Okinawa Prefecture.https://wuf2022.com/en/topics/948
Please submit a theme song that will fit perfectly with the Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival.
・The length of the song should be no longer than five minutes, the lyrics should be in Japanese, and should not exceed three verses.
・The theme song should be one that makes listeners imagine the Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival and the charm of Okinawa.
The prize for the winning theme song is a certificate and 300,000 yen (currently around US $2,700).
Minyou singer Nakamura Natsuki has a new music video for the cover of Quruli’s “Mikazuki” up on her YouTube channel. The song is from her mini album “Agaritida” and was filmed on Hamahiga-jima. So far, two songs (one of them is “Mikazuki”) from the album have been released internationally so let’s hope that we’ll be able to stream or purchase the entire album one day.
While it’s only in Japanese, there’s a YouTube channel called Okinawa History Club (沖縄歴史倶楽部チャンネル) run by historian Maeda Yuuki (links to his Twitter profile). He has videos of Zoom sessions as well as walking tours of Ryukyu history. The 4-part series for the Ryukyu dance “Nubui Kuduchi” is of particular interest as he retraces the path from the Shuri Castle area to Naha Port.
Part 1 of 4 of “I walked Nubui Kuduchi!”
When the single was first announced on Nema Ui’s Twitter, it was only available domestically 😿 and with a new tweet it’s now available to international fans too! 😻 Needless to day, it’s on 🔂 all-day for me and hopefully they’ll embed lyrics for it on Apple Music so we can singalong.
Nema Ui’s “Umi Watari” YouTube Shorts
It was also recently revealed that the song will be a collaboration with Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko for the 10,000 Eisa Dancers Parade (一万人エイサー).
Learn the Eisa Moves with Nema Ui on YouTube