All-Star Musicians Gather for Sanlele’s Day

Sanlele’s Day on YouTube

Sanlele’s Day is the 30th of August and for this year a group of all-star musicians got together to perform the song “Dumifa no Uta”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the sanlele, it was created by Alberto Shiroma (Diamantes) and Machidaya (Yomitan village) to be a combination of the sanshin “san” and the ukulele “lele”. The all-star band (all from Yomitan) features Alberto Shiroma on sanlele, Kinjo Ayano (Kiroro) on piano, Nagamine Yoshiaki (Kyan Marie, Medusa) on guitar, and Kiyosaku (Mongol800) on bass.

New Music Releases

New singles and albums released in August 2021

What at lazz’s “Sumaho wa Shimatte Dance Night”

2021.08.02 [Single] Nema Ui – Aoao (Link)

2021.08.04 [Single] MATSURI – HOTARU (Link)

2021.08.04 [Compilation Album] Hajime Chitose – Tokotowa (Link)

2021.08.04 [Single] Off The Care – Li-Li-Go (Link)

2021.08.04 [Single] Anly – Cancel Machi no Koi (Link)

2021.08.05 [Single] hiro (SPEED) – Something Great (Link)

2021.08.11 [Single] all at once (music composed by Nakasone Izumi of HY) – Toshi wo Kasanete (Link)

2021.08.11 [Album] Kamiya Chihiro – Utayui (Link)

2021.08.13 [Single] AI – In The Middle (feat. Daichi Miura) (Link)

2021.08.25 [Remix Album] HY & DJ HASEBE – HONEY meets ISLAND CAFE presents HY Ocean Blue Sound -The Surf Remixes- (Link)

Winning Logo & Slogan for the 7th Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival

The new logo and slogan for next year’s Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival have been revealed! The winning logo is by Chinen Hitoshi from Urasoe City which he describes as “This work expresses the shapes of Uchinānchu active inside and outside of the Prefecture, and overseas, gathering in their homeland of Okinawa and dancing with joy. The colorful colors create the image of the many colors of national flags from around the world and people enjoying the festival.”


“The Uchinā Shinka, Now is the Time for us to Connect to the World” is the winning slogan by Maeshiro Kanae of Naha City which she describes as “The word Shinka means Nakama ‘friends’ in the Okinawan dialect, and that the Shinka who form the Worldwide Uchinā Network are its true value. I included the message that now is the time during the COVID-19 to connect with other people, and that through the Uchinānchu Festival, Shinka around the world can connect with each other and develop further.” (And yes, the word dialect (Okinawa no hougen) was used instead of our language (Uchināguchi). Sigh.)

They received a total of 129 logo entries and 311 slogan entries from overseas, Uchinā, and Yamatu. Next up is the announcement for the Theme Song Contest (we’re excited about this one!) and the Art Contest.

2nd Okinawan FEASTival

We’re so happy to see a return of Shari’s Okinawan FEASTival! This year it’s running from September 1st to the 14th and there’s a lot of food 🍱 and drink 🍺 to be excited about. 😋

From the opening of American Cafe in 1923 to today, there has been over 350 Okinawan owned restaurants in Hawaii. Most of the original restaurants have closed but there is a new generation operating today. In the spirit of Yuimaaru (communities supporting one another, especially in times of need), we are asking the community to help support these local Okinawan owned restaurants. This year, FEASTival is teaming up with the Okinawan Festival! Festival will be virtual this year at on  September 4th & 5th.

Be sure to check out the website’s FEASTival Specials page as there are limited time specials that can be pre-ordered. Be sure not to miss the handy text-only timeline version Shari created so you won’t miss out any specials.

New Music Releases

Hamagawa Yuuri’s “Umi no Kanata” MV

New singles and albums released in July 2021

2021.07.07 [Single] Tamashiro Chiharu (Kiroro) – Inochi no Ki (Link)

2021.07.07 [Single] 7ORDER (music composed by NAOTO & HIROKI of ORANGE RANGE) – SUMMER Samasama (Link)

2021.07.15 [Single] Kamiya Chihiro – Eisa-Medley (Link)

2021.07.29 [Single] Hamagawa Yuuri – Umi no Kanata (Link)

2021.07.29 [Album] Nakamura Shugo – NATURAL (Link)

2021.07.30 [Single] MAX – Do Shot (Link)

Yano Kenji’s Back Catalog Coming Soon?

via Twitter

With the recent re-releases of Takara Records Store’s in-house labels (Qwotchee Records, Chikuten) it looks like musician Yano Kenji’s back catalog is up next! I tried the link to Apple Music but sadly it’s still not available overseas but hopefully it’s only a matter of time? We can look forward to the album above (“Sanshin Plays Okinawan Songs”) as well as “Sanshin Island Cafe” and “Sakura Songs on Ukulele”.

Ryukyu Renbo Digest (YouTube)

“Ryukyu Renbo”

The video digest is from “Ryukyu Classical Performing Arts Meet the 25 String Koto”, a concert that took place last December featuring top artists from Luchu classical music and dance. It’s interesting hearing the classic songs arranged for the 25 string koto as well as Nakai Tomoya’s original songs and we’re grateful for the English subtitles and translations in the video description section. This is a must watch video if only for the explanation each artist gives for their instrument.