Event: Suruti Chibarana -Striving Together-

Maui Okinawa Taiko and Jimpu Kai Maui will have a joint anniversary recital on Sunday, 24 June 2012, at the Baldwin High School Auditorium. The recital, which starts at 2:00pm, celebrates Maui Okinawa Taiko’s 15th anniversary and Jimpu Kai Maui’s 10th anniversary.

Tickets are $12.00 for general admission and $10.00 for seniors 55 and over and children 12 and under. For more information, call the Maui Okinawa Cultural Center at (808) 242-1560.

Download the flyer (JPG, 103 KB)

(h/t Char Gima)

Ryukyu Beatles, not an insect, rather, it’s the name of an album

Yup, Richie here at Karakui.com is a pretty big fan of The Beatles and it’s pretty cool to see their music redone with an Okinawan twist. The group of this wonderful album are calling themselves “Soul Gakudan” and they’re none other than Toru Yonaha (sanshin, fue), Kazunari Uechi (taiko), Yoko Onaga (koto) and Natsuko Morita (kuucho). (That’s Toru in the YouTube clip performing “Day Tripper” in Koza.)

The first pressing of the 10-track album—released on 6/18/08—comes with a kunkunshi (or kururunshi) booklet and is currently on sale for ¥2,000 at retailers like CDJapan.

ryukyubeatles.jpg

Track listing:

  1. NORWEGIAN WOOD
  2. TICKET TO RIDE
  3. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK
  4. YELLOW SUBMARINE
  5. OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA
  6. DAY TRIPPER
  7. MICHELLE
  8. IN MY LIFE
  9. NOWHERE MAN
  10. HEY JUDE

Three new videos from the 25th Okinawan Festival up at Champuru.net!

If you enjoyed the 25th Okinawan Festival vlog Donna posted to Champuru.net a few days ago, you’re going to love that she has three, count ’em three new videos up.

Enjoy! And be sure to leave a comment for Donna too. 🙂

In Hawaii: Hanayakara, Ryusei Daiko & Naha Daiko

The girls of the group Hanayakara are so cute and talented that they could possibly be thought of as the Okinawan version of the popular J-pop group Morning Musume. Hanayakara will be performing in Hawaii at 2pm on Friday (8/31/07) at the Ala Moana Shopping Center’s Centerstage and at 4:05pm on Saturday (9/1/07) at the Okinawan Festival.

Also performing at the Okinawan Festival will be eisaa groups Ryusei Daiko (Sat. 9/1/07 at 4:50pm) and Naha Daiko (Sat. 9/1/07 at 3pm and Sun. 9/2/07 at 5:10pm).

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii’s 10th Anniversary Recital

Dang, that’s a long post title. I’m back from an unplanned break (small part of it due to a lack of news, the rest because I was blogging elsewhere—sorry) from blogging here to bring you information on a recital of Okinawan taiko by Hawaii’s very own branch of the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (RMD). More info on the recital can be found on their official website (link below) but here’s the gist of it:


Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
10th Anniversary Recital
Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel (Magic Showroom)
Sunday, April 1, 2007 @ 1:00 PM
Ticket Information: RMD Hawaii’s Official Website

If you love eisaa taiko (who doesn’t?), it’ll probably be worth checking out. As an added bonus, Yaeyama eisaa rocker Hidekatsu will be performing too.