Allison-sensei started her Kucho Girl YouTube channel about a year ago and has a lot of great content in English for those interested in learning more about classical (koten ongaku) and folk (minyou) music from Uchinaa. If you’re not familiar with the word ‘kucho’, Allison-sensei calls it an Okinawan spike fiddle and it’s one of the instruments that accompanies the uta-sanshin along with kutu (zither), fwanso (flute), and teeku (drums). It’s definitely a channel you’ll want to subscribe to.
The EP vol.1 release follows two singles (“Kunubungi Bushi” and “Tinsagu nu Hana”) that were made available a couple of weeks ago by Takara Records Store’s music Qwotchee Records label. Described as “Okinawan traditional music with Hawaiian and Caribbean influences” the Sons of Ailana are singer Shima Sachiko and musician Yano Kenji. Definitely good music to chill with.
It’ll be a virtual festival again this year but we can still show our support by purchasing from the Hawaii United Okinawa Association’s official store shophuoa.com. On Friday, September 3rd at 8 AM Hawaii time, they’ll be selling all new festival merchandise and t-shirts so be sure to set your alarm so you don’t miss out!. They may have already given us a sneak peek at what may be coming with the announcement of the 2021 festival design contest winner.
Welcome to the world of Cocco! We’ve posted about Cocco and her YouTube before but now she’s gone and started a new channel called Cocco Channel. She’s been using the old (but still official?) YouTube channel for her personal vlogs so she’ll probably start posting them to her new one. One thing we can be guaranteed is a deeper dive into Cocco’s world.
With the cancellation of this year’s eisaa festivities, Campus Records is rebroadcasting their Remote Eisaa Festival 2020 on their YouTube channel! They have also launched a Remote Eisaa Festival website with an online store (sadly, no overseas shipping) and are accepting donations (“throwing money”).
Speaking of Campus Records, they’ve been releasing a lot of great content on their YouTube channel so be sure to subscribe.
His staff had to get his favorite awamori into his system and once that was done Gori was ready to announce his 8 recommended songs from Okinawa (Uchinanchu artists). So without further ado, here’s his list in the order that he announced it (links go to YouTube videos):
- Ahane Ayano’s “Ookina Kaze“
- BEGIN’s “YOU“
- Parsha cluB’s “Gokokuhojo“
- Nenes “Kogane no Hana“
- Koja Misako’s “Warabigami“
- BEGIN’s “Irayoi Tsukiyahama“
- Rinken Band’s “Kugani Michibushi“
- Island’s “Stay with Me“
His comments on why he chose each song is worth checking out too so be sure to watch his video.
On August 11 The Sanshin Cafe Orchestra’s “Okinawan Cafe Music” album was released on music streaming services. The 2001 album is from a label created by Takara Records Store and they plan to release more of the catalog! The instrumental album is described as traditional meets ambient music — it’s definitely chill cafe music and it’s as fresh as it was 20 years ago.
Miura Daichi is on a roll for 2021 and is featured on J-pop singer AI’s single “In The Middle”. Daichi also helped pen the lyrics and compose the music for the song so it definitely works to both singers strengths. Available on Apple Music on other music streaming services.
Miura Daichi participated in a group project for Team Coca-Cola with other pop artists and the song “Colorful” has reached over 1 million views on YouTube. The music video had its YouTube premiere on 7/19 along with a single that’s available on all streaming platforms. He’s the first artist on the video so you can’t miss him!