Fundraiser: Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho

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The Okinawa Minyo Kyokai Derek Ichiro Shiroma Kenkyusho is selling t-shirts as a fundraiser for a recital that they are planning in late 2012. The Chibariyo! t-shirts can be ordered by emailing Derek-sensei at urizun808 [at] aol [dot] com. The sizes available are: Children’s Medium, Adult Small / Medium / Large / XLarge / XX Large / XXX Large and are USD $18.00 each. Derek-sensei said they can mail the shirts to the mainland plus a USPS shipping fee.

I’m really looking forward to the recital next year and I’ve already ordered my shirts! Chibariyo with the fundraiser, Derek-sensei!

Introducing dancingfools.org

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Well, the domain name pretty much sums up what this beautifully-created website (maintained by Donna from champuru.net) is about but here’s the lowdown from the site’s “About” page:

The Dancing Fools bon dance posse is a group of friends united by a love for the fellowship, food, and fun that bon dance season brings each summer.

And, yes! Bon dance season is going to start up soon so keep your eye on dancingfools.org.

Okinawan music and dance performance: ‘Loochoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo’

Norman Kaneshiro-sensei emailed information on an Okinawan music and dance performance his group has lined up for March 28, 2008, a Saturday. Titled “Loochoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo,” the performance featuring the talented members of Ukwanshin Kabudan will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (<rant>for those like me who are irritated by websites that resize your browser’s window, this is one of them</rant>). Ukwanshin Kabudan has a blog too! Way to go, guys. 🙂

For more information, download the poster and/or the synopsis (includes the artists’ profiles).

Hawaiian meets Okinawan: Churamana

If you’re a fan of Hawaiian and Okinawan music you may be interested in the duo Churamana (チュラマナ, roughly translated as “Beautiful [chura, Okinawan] Energy [mana, Hawaiian]”) with Tokyo-born Maki Uehara on vocals/hula and Ishigakijima-born Makiko Miyara (formerly of the O-pop group Donann) on vocals. If you’re familiar with the group TINGARA (Okinawan healing music) — check out this Pop.i-O entry I posted about 2 years ago on them — Churamana’s music may seem familiar and that’s due to Gerhen Oshima’s (ex-TINGARA, on sanshin) involvement in the project along with a well-known musician of Hawaiian music in Japan by the name of Yuki “Alani” Yamauchi (on slack-key guitar, Hawaiian guitar and ukulele).

Samples of the duo’s music is available at the Japan iTunes Store (clicking on link will launch iTunes). If you’re interested in purchasing their CDs, they’re available at one of my favorite online stores, CDJapan.co.jp.

Churamana’s Discography (caps = katakana):

Rakuen no Niji
“Rakuen no Niji” 2007.05.23 (VICL-62409)

  1. Hi‘lawe ∼ Akata Sundunchi
  2. Aloha Oe
  3. ChuraMANA
  4. Hana ∼ Subete no Hito no Koroko ni Hana wo
  5. Mana
  6. Umi no Joou Rainha do mar
  7. Pua Mae‘ole
  8. Asadoya Yunta
  9. Kokoro ni Niji wo
  10. Amakakiru Hashi
  11. Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
  12. Yuuyake no Niwa

Futatsu no Rakuen
Futatsu no Rakuen 2006.06.21 (VICL-61977)

  1. Ula No Weo —Prologue—
  2. Kodou ∼Ichimadin∼
  3. Akaka Falls
  4. Tinsagu nu Hana
  5. Pua Ahihi
  6. Furusato
  7. Pua Anela
  8. Kanahele —Interlude—
  9. Tsuki nu Kaisha
  10. Yashi no Mi
  11. Ula No Weo

Official Website (Victor Entertaiment, Inc.)
Official Blog (Futatsu no Rakuen)

Starting Up OMG

I tried to start this up several years ago (Ray M. can attest to it) but never got it underway. OMG, or Okinawan Music Geeks, is a club I’ve been planning for fans of Okinawan music to share their collection (or newbies to get into the music/pop culture) and meet-up whether via chatting or IRL. I think it’s time to start talking about this again. I know I have many readers in South America so how about folks in North America (nifee for the New York folks from the last time ’round) or Hawaii? Want to help spread the Uchinaa love and talk about its music? Email me at karakuipress[at]gmail[dot]com or leave a comment here. It makes more sense to get it started in Hawaii since I’m based here but I appreciate email from anyone who’s interested in this.