MORIKEN’s Ukulele Okinawan Sweets

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Nope. It’s not something you can eat but maybe it’s something your ears will find tasty. There’s a catalog listing for MORIKEN on Apple Music but sadly it’s still in Preview and not available to be added to one’s Library yet. As soon as they become available globally, we can’t wait to listen to the Sweets albums — especially with ukuleles performing the Kachāshī song Tooshin Dooi.

Tamashiro Chiharu’s “Hope Dream Future”

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Tamashiro Chiharu (Kiroro) recently announced the release of her solo single “Hope Dream Future” on 9/21. As the song’s title implies, it’s a very uplifting song (very Kiroro) and the recording musicians include Shimabukuro Masaru (BEGIN) and members of HoRookies. Be sure to add it to your collection and check out the MV.

Tamashiro Chiharu’s “Hope Dream Future” MV

Upcoming Concerts at Koza Music Town

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With all of the concerts that were canceled, postponed, or live-streamed due to the pandemic, we have to remain hopeful that we’ll one day be able to attend in-person events. If the upcoming awesome concerts at Music Town Otoichiba are any indication, the future looks bright.

October 10th is the Anniversary Concert Bashoufu celebrating 60 years of music composer Fukuhara Tsuneo (pictured). It’s an amazing lineup featuring Four Sisters, Maekawa Shuken, Iha Chieko, Deigo Musume, Yohen Aiko, and Yonaha Toru among others.

October 30th is the Arise Harvest Festival concert that was postponed from 9/19. It’ll feature THE SAKISHIMA meeting (Ara Yukito & Shimoji Isamu) and Matsuda Shinobu among others.

November 13th is the one that sounds the most interesting: SUKIYAKI OKINAWA 2021 “Ainu x Luchu Music on the Borderline”. This concert features musicians MAREWREW, Tetsushi Hiroyama (RYUKYU DISKO), Aoi (Nakamura Natsuki x Shimoji Ayaka), and Okinawa Electric Girl Saya.

2021 Tubarāma Taikai on YouTube

via Ishigaki City’s website

This year the Tubarāma Taikai was held at the Ishigaki Shimin Kaikan Dai Hōru (it was originally scheduled to be held outdoors at Shinei Park) without a live audience due to the pandemic. So in place of canceling it, they did a YouTube livestream and although the video is 3 hours 46 minutes long, the program actually starts around the 1 hour mark. The contestants range in age from the 10’s to the 70’s and come from Yaeyama, Uchinaa, and Japan.

“Tubarāma” is one of the representative folk songs of Yaeyama and is widely sung. The Tubarāma Tournament, which is held every year for the purpose of passing it on to future generations […]

Lucy’s “Koi no Yoisura Bushi”

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Qwotchee Records catalog release continues with Lucy’s recordings becoming available in digital format. At the time of this writing, her album “Koi no Yoisura Bushi” can only be previewed on Apple Music (assuming this is only for those outside of Uchinaa) so hopefully we’ll be able to stream it soon. The album was originally released in CD format back in 2013.

Nakamura Natsuki Trio

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Nakamura Natsuki recently shared the amazing album art from her trio’s upcoming 4-song release. The trio (Natsuki Trio) was formed on June 23rd for live performance on Irei no Hi. The chemistry between the musicians must have been great as they’re now recording songs that Natsuki describes as a champuru (mix) of Luchu folk and jazz music. We can’t wait to listen to it!

Utabus Shares YouTube Concert

Utabus Performs at Ryukyu-mura

Utabus first came to our attention on Sanshin no Hi with a solid performance. Utabus is a group put together by Naha Bus featuring their talented bus guides. For those of you attending next year’s Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, while on tour you may find yourself in the presence of one of these amazing bus guides. Make sure to let them know you watched their Ryukyu Mura concert. 🥰

Cover of Kiroro’s “Mirai e” by i-Dushi

i-Dushi’s Cover of “Mirai e”

A hula version of i-Dushi’s “Mirai e” (Kiroro) was recently put together by Insense Music Works on their YouTube channel. The cover song was released with the compilation album “HONEY meets ISLAND CAFE – Sea of Love 5 -” from December 2020. Unfortunately, the album nor the single is available globally so we’ll have to enjoy the video on YouTube.

HoRookies’s 2nd Album “Focus” Release Party on YouTube

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HoRookies recently released their 2nd album “Focus” at the beginning of the month and held a release party for it on YouTube. They announced that it’s now available on YouTube as an archive so if you missed the livestream or just want to watch it again, here’s your chance! By the way, if you haven’t added “Focus” to your library, it’s definitely worth a listen.