Okinawan music and dance performance: ‘Loochoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo’

Norman Kaneshiro-sensei emailed information on an Okinawan music and dance performance his group has lined up for March 28, 2008, a Saturday. Titled “Loochoo nu Kwa, Children of Loochoo,” the performance featuring the talented members of Ukwanshin Kabudan will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (<rant>for those like me who are irritated by websites that resize your browser’s window, this is one of them</rant>). Ukwanshin Kabudan has a blog too! Way to go, guys. 🙂

For more information, download the poster and/or the synopsis (includes the artists’ profiles).

‘Group is preserving Okinawan traditions’ – The Honolulu Advertiser

The Honolulu Advertiser has an article on today’s Loochoo nu Kwa (Children of Loochoo) workshop:

“I think my big concern is that … we’re forgetting about our roots,” Wada said. “We need to realize who we are, where we come from — and that way, we appreciate other people.”

Read the entire article by Zenaida Serrano over here.

Great work. Kudos to the members of Ukwanshin Kabudan.

Workshop: Loochoo Nu Kwa

We posted about the concert they held in Okinawa back in June of this year and now it looks like they’re heading to Oahu, Hawaii with a workshop. Let’s hope a concert will happen here too. *hint* 😉

Loochoo Nu Kwa: Children of Loochoo
Workshop on Okinawa’s music and dance as connected to its history and culture

When: Saturday, August 25
Registration: 4:30 p.m.
Workshop: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Jikoen Hongwanji Hall, 1731 N. School Street, Honolulu

Presented by Ukwanshin Kabudan, sponsored in part by Young Okinawans of Hawai‘i

This workshop will help you to understand the importance of music and dance in the history and culture of Okinawa. You will also hear the urgency to preserve and perpetuate the Ryukyuan traditional legacy as presented by Norman Kaneshiro, Eric Wada, and the Ukwanshin Kabudan members who have just returned from an emotional visit to Okinawa. If you have ever wondered about what it is to be Okinawan, or how you can strengthen your identity, this presentation will help you to understand.

[Via Donna.]

Check out Donna’s post for a link to download the workshop’s flyer.