Thirteen year-old girl selected to perform in Peaceful Love Rock Festival

Thirteen year-old girl selected to perform in Peaceful Love Rock Festival

On June 2, at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City, Sakura Ishado (center in the front), Great Gidayu (left in the front) and supporters were excited about her being selected to participate in the Peaceful Love Rock Festival.


June 3, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the afternoon of June 2, at Music Town Oto Ichiba in Okinawa City, the final audition was held for bands performing at the 30th Peaceful Love Rock Festival and a 13 year-old girl from Okinawa City, Sakura Ishado was selected. She will be the youngest performer in the history of the festival. “I have dreamed of performing in the festival since I was child. I am so glad. I will work hard practicing my singing and drumming.”

When she was five years old, she saw the festival and dreamed of appearing on stage. She began practicing the drums after entering elementary school and during the last six years has performed at several events and clubs offering live music. This April she released a CD.

At the open audition, Ishado gave a stirring performance of a song she wrote herself. Her powerful singing and drumming won the hearts of the judges and the audience. In addition to Ishado, a band called “The Laughing Moon” whose members are based mostly in Ginowan, was also selected to take part in the festival.

Great Gidayu, an entertainer and musician who will support Ishado with her arrangements, was pleased with the decision, saying, “Her performance was just amazing. Her singing resonates with people because she’s singing about the feelings of a 13 year-old girl, and that’s just what she is.”

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

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