J-pop vocal duo all at once has an upcoming single “Toshi wo Kasanete” (August 11th release date) that was composed by HY’s keyboard/vocalist Nakasone Izumi. The song is currently featured in Twinkle Race’s new CM.
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.
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
ORANGE RANGE’s “HEALTH”
It looks like the boys pulled out all the stops for their new single “HEALTH” released June 30 as they continue to commemorate their 20th anniversary. There’s a highly produced promotional webpage and MV for the song.
The band tweeted that an announcement was forthcoming and I figured it was an upcoming new single but was pleasantly surprised that a free online live was included. It’s set to take place on Saturday, July 10th, on the Isotopes Movie YouTube channel. The live concert will be to celebrate the opening of Toyopla Studio and an MV for their first digital single “Cider!!”.
New singles and albums released in June 2021
2021.06.03 [EP] Fukuda Yasuyuki – Okinawa wo Wasurenaide (Link)
2021.06.15 [Single] Nacil & Johnny Ginowan – Kanpai Okinawa (Indies)
2021.06.23 [Album] Matsubara Tadayuki – Churaumi, Churashima -Ayagu, Miyako no Uta- (Link)
2021.06.23 [Single] Rude-α – Jounetsu no Uta (Link)
2021.06.25 [Single] Nema Ui – Umi Watari (Link)
2021.06.30 [Single] ORANGE RANGE – HEALTH (Link)
Rapper Rude-α has a new single “Jōnetsu no Uta” released on June 23rd (which happened to also be Irei no Hi). The song will be the theme song to Ryukyu Asahi Broadcasting’s “2021 Sokuhō! ! Mezase Kōshien!” show.
If there’s one concert you need to go to it’s this one so you’re fortunate if you live in Japan because the 25th Ryukyu Festival 2021 is taking place on October 17th at the Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall. The list of performers is incredible.
- Daiku Tetsuhiro and Daiku Naeko
- Parsha cluB — my favorite band!
- Yonaha Tooru and his band
- Kamiya Chihiro — she has a new album for 2021!
- and the announcer is Garage Sale — 🤩
Tickets go on sale June 28th! Check the M&I website’s Ryukyu Festival page for more details. I really hope they’ll stream this too.