Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko commemorates 30th anniversary

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko commemorates 30th anniversary

On February 24, at the Okinawa City Hall, performers including people from other parts of Japan and overseas participated in a memorable performance on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko. (Photograph taken by Takaya Kinra)


February 25, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 24, a performance commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Okinawan eisa taiko ensemble Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko was held at the Okinawa City Hall. A total of 350 performers including 60 from 30 branches in Japan outside of Okinawa, and five from overseas, gave a spectacular and vigorous performance befitting their status as the central group for creative eisa. The powerful sound of the drums reflected their confirmation of shared cultural bonds.

The event started in a relaxed manner with a Ryukyuan classical piece called Kagiyadefu bushi, but after that they presented a light but unique dance number in the form of the song Oji jiman no Orion Beer. Singers Hidekatsu and Kazufumi Miyazawa impressed the audience with their songs Mirukumunari, Shimauta and Shinkanucha. To wind up the show, all the performers and people in the audience danced the kachashi together.

The head of Matsuri Daiko, Naomi Kurane, reflected on the group’s 30 years, saying, “Thanks to their creativity, passion and bonds of friendship, the dreams of young people have transcended languages and cultures.”

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

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