Ryukyu Festival held in Osaka

Ryukyu Festival held in Osaka

Seijin Noborikawa (left) and Sadao China played music together as master and disciple at the opening, on October 23 at the Osaka Castle Bandshell.

October 25, 2011 Kaori Tamashiro and Naoki Isa of Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 23, the Ryukyu Festival 2011, the biggest Okinawan music event of its kind, was held by FM OSAKA at the Oska Castle Bandshell in Osaka. A total of 17 groups or individuals participated in the festival, including established musicians Seijin Noborikawa and Sadao China, plus debutante Erika Sunagawa.

About 2000 people danced the kachashi to the tune of shima uta. Noborikawa enthralled the audience with his easy talking style and superb singing voice. Sunagawa sang Hitotsubu no tane with Isamu Shimoji, who wrote the music for the song, bringing an air of tranquility to the venue. Parsha cluB, headed by Yukito Ara, stated, “We wish Osaka, Okinawa and East Japan the best of luck!” and played Gokoku hojo (“A rich harvest”), which really got the audience going. At the end of festival, after the all performers played the song Honen ondo, the event closed with Tsuki nu kaisha, sung by four singers including Rimi Natsukawa.

(English Translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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Looking back on the day in which the streets of Osaka rang with Okinawan music(taken by Kaori Tamashiro)

Shunzo Tsukiji (right) from Amami Island impressed the audience with his playing three roles of drum, sanshin and singer with Saori Kawabata.

Yasukatsu Oshima held the audience spellbound singing a Yaeyama folk-song in his deep voice.

Shishi lion of Uruma-goten in Osaka snapping at the audience.

Erika Sunagawa (right) sang <em>Hitotsubu no tane</em> with Isamu Shimoji, the composer of the song.

Rimi Natsukawa passionately sings Nadasoso.

Yukito Ara of Parsha cluB impressed the audience with his excellent performance.

About 2000 people were fascinated by Okinawan music at the Ryukyu Festival 2011, on October 23 at the Osaka Castle Bandshell.


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