Rock musician Kat-chan receives Okinawa Cultural Merit Award
December 28, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
On December 19 at live house Seventh Heaven in Okinawa City, a party to celebrate the awarding of the Okinawa Cultural Merit Award to Katsuhiro Kawamitsu, an Okinawan Rock legend known as “Bearded Kat-chan,” was held. Receiving the award from the rock world for the first time, Kat-chan was praised as a monument to the city, and a national treasure. Kat-chan entertained the audience with a unique speech.
Kat-chan is the vocalist of “Condition Green” and regularly performs at annual Peaceful Love Rock Festival. He is a popular rock musician nationwide.
At the celebrations, Takashi Furugen, a representative of the Koza Live House Liaison Council, said, “When we started, rock was considered delinquent music. Now it has become a cultural merit. It is very wonderful.” Choken Fukuhara, the city council chair, also congratulated Kat-chan and said, ” Kat-chan and I were classmates at Koza High School. I came here because I am very happy for him.”
Receiving many compliments, Kat-chan replied, “Are you praising me?” and made the audience laugh with his unique speech. He also performed several famous songs and his original songs, entertaining the audience.
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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