Emi Tawata collaborates with apparel brand SOULSMANIA

Singer Emi Tawata’s latest mini album, “Sweet Soul Love,” was just released on the 18th and it features a collaboration with popular apparel brand SOULSMANIA. The combined effort produced a lineup of t-shirts that perfectly compliment both sides as the apparel from SOULSMANIA are influenced by black culture and Emi’s style of music is a mix of R&B and Reggae. The t-shirts will be available for sale during Emi’s “Sweet Soul Tour 2009” beginning March 24, 2009.

The video above is a promotional clip for her new mini album featuring the song “Baby Come Close To Me.” (A full version of the song can be found on YouTube.)

(via bounce.com.)

Kariyushi58’s new single, “Kibou no Uta,” gets a street date

Popular rock/reggae quartet, Kariyushi58, will be releasing their next single as a Tower Records limited release on 9/24/08. The single, “Kibou no Uta,” is the CM song for Asahi Shinbunsha’s soccer promotion and there will be a special release of 3,000 copies of the single that will contain a secret track. (Via bounce.com.)

O-Reggae goes SOUTH!

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Okay, I admit, that’s a pretty silly title for a blog post. Heh. Anywho, Okinawan reggae duo SOUTH released a new album on the 22nd titled “Walking Up.” The 7-track album will feature their style of reggae dubbed (get it?) “Okinawan happy reggae.” The freshly released “Walking Up” follows their debut album “Peace-Full-Piece” from 2006. (Image via SOUTH’s official website.)

(Via Okinawa Cyura Sounds.)

YouTube: U-DOU & PLATY

I first heard about U-DOU & PLATY a while ago but never really gave them a look until they were featured on NHK’s wonderful English-language music program J-MELO (its current VJ is J-pop singer melody.). Their music is a champloo (mix) of Okinawan folk music and J-reggae (dancehall) and I if may add, quite infectious.

A few of their older EPs are available at the US iTunes store (as iTunes Plus tracks) so it’s a great way to sample their music. CDJapan has most of their albums for sale if you’re looking for more than what iTunes has to offer.