What better example of Ryukyuan pop culture than this cover of K-pop group BTS‘s super-catchy Dynamite sung in Uchinaa-guchi? The brilliant cover is by Toume Yoshiaki (Usumasa Okinawa) who is an uta-sanshin player, Okinawa shibai actor, and a Ryukyuan Dance performer. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel and follow him on Twitter. I’m looking forward to see what he comes up with in the future.
If you’re into Korean pop culture and music, you’re going to want to check out the boy group JO1 (jay-oh-one) from Japan. The group was formed through the reality competition show PRODUCE 101 JAPAN (similar to the popular girs group NiziU) in 2020 and released their debut single Protostar on March 4, 2020. The leader of the group, Yonashiro Sho, is from Okinawa and his profile page lists that he excels at the acoustic guitar, English, and weight training. Needless to say, the production quality is high, the songs are very catchy, and they look like K-pop stars! Best of all, most of their music is on Apple Music among other streaming services (link to their debut album).
First of all, thank you to @amy for providing a link (see comments below) to the full PV and after watching it, looks like Meisa’s not in it. I guess we’ll have to wait for the movie to make its road show start to see Meisa in her full ballet glory. 😀
Above clip is just a teaser of the whole PV which will hopefully make it on YouTube soon. The title of the song is “Bolero” and it’s sung by the very popular K-pop group Tohoshinki who will be making their Kouhaku Uta Gassen debut this year. “Bolero” will be the theme song to the film “Subaru,” starring Meisa Kuroki, which is based on a popular manga about ballet.