34M subs to his YouTube channel. 200M views since its release on June 3, 2021. Featured in a Ryukyu Shimpo article. “Yonaguni” (YouTube link) by Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny may have nothing to with Yonaguni other than the song title, but damn, those are crazy numbers. Sadly, according to the Shimpo article, although the song has garnered millions of views, it hasn’t brought any attention to the island. Even sadder is that online searches for Yonaguni (the island) will likely result in returning top results of a song that has nothing to do with it.
Singer-songwriter Fukuda Yasuyuki will be rereleasing his 1st single “Sennen Hanabi” on August 10. The song is a beautiful ballad featuring his sanshin and acoustic guitar playing and the rerelease will have 4 tracks (the initial 2020 release featured the song only).
BEGIN is participating in YouTube’s #YouTubeMusicWeekend and will be streaming their 25th anniversary concert “Sugar Cane Cable NETWORK TOUR 2015-2016 Ryōgoku Kokugikan” on July 17th 13:30 (Okinawa time). The band has been releasing a lot of YouTube content with special video clips for Uta no Hi and looks like they wasted no time in continuing this new tradition. It’s a free concert so be sure to set your reminder!
This. Is. Interesting. Set for an August 25th release date, “HONEY meets ISLAND CAFE presents HY Ocean Blue Sound -The Surf Remixes-“, will feature 7 summer tracks from HY. The remix album is a collaboration with the popular women’s beach lifestyle magazine HONEY. We’re interested to see how this turns out.
On July 7th Kiroro’s Tamashiro Chiharu released a new single and music video for her song “Inochi no Ki”. The song (translated to “Tree of Life” is about a sakura tree at the Yomitan junior high school that Chiharu attended and the MV features students from the school. The single is currently available in various streaming services.
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. 😊