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.
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!
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. 😊
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.
While it’s only in Japanese, there’s a YouTube channel called Okinawa History Club (沖縄歴史倶楽部チャンネル) run by historian Maeda Yuuki (links to his Twitter profile). He has videos of Zoom sessions as well as walking tours of Ryukyu history. The 4-part series for the Ryukyu dance “Nubui Kuduchi” is of particular interest as he retraces the path from the Shuri Castle area to Naha Port.
Part 1 of 4 of “I walked Nubui Kuduchi!”
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
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!!”.
With news that the 66th annual Eisaa Festival may actually take place this year (it was canceled last year due to the pandemic), the special movie “Eisaa Don Don” was made available on YouTube until August 31st. Be sure not to miss it!
We’re sad that BEGIN’s song festival “Uta no Hi” was postponed due to the pandemic restrictions so instead they’ve gone to YouTube and social media (LINE, Facebook, and Twitter) . For 9 days (started on June 19th) they will have a special stream available from 9PM and will also release videos from their catalog. Each day will feature a song(s) or a special video: For example, “Shimanchu nu Takara” was day one’s special and the band released 8 video clips on YouTube. Looks like they’ve disabled sharing the videos outside of YouTube 😤 so here’s the link to their channel: BEGIN ch.
Check out their website for the “Uta no Hi Concert 2021 Postponement Special” schedule.