I’ve been wondering what happened to the original members of DA PUMP after KEN left in 2009. I saw Shinobu’s Okinawan Pop group in Tokyo back in 2009, ISSA recently starred in the “Ryujin Mabuyer” film, and now I know what’s happened to the other two members. KEN and YUKINARI formed an all-Okinawan hip-hop trio (along with dancer/vocalist AI) called Ryu-Unit (流-UNIT) in 2010 and have released a handful of singles with one of them, “LIKE THAT”, available on the US iTunes Store (link). I’m hoping they’ll incorporate Okinawan music into their style of hip-hop (Oki-hop? LOL) but for now I’m just glad that they’re still performing. They have a YouTube channel so be sure to check out their videos and let me know what you think.
Summer 2007’s J-drama line-up proved to be a successful one for actors from Okinawa so how does autumn look?
- Abarenbo Mama (Fuji TV) stars Aya Ueto in the lead role
- Hataraki Man (NTV) stars Yu Yamada in a supporting role
- Joshi Deka! (TBS) stars Yukie Nakama in the lead role
- Otoko no Kosodate (TV Asahi) stars Ryoko Kuninaka in the lead role
- Chiritotechin (NHK) stars Jay Kabira in a supporting role
- Fuurin Kazan (NHK) stars Gackt in a main role
So which ones are you going to watch? 🙂