Misako Koja and Ryuichi Sakamoto to co-produce song for Henoko Fund

Misako Koja and Ryuichi Sakamoto to co-produce song for Henoko Fund

A co-creation by Misako Koja and Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Mirukuyugafu-undercooled." (Photograph taken by Kazuya Sahara)


August 24, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Folk singer Misako Koja has written lyrics for a song, “Undercooled,” which is originally composed by musician Ryuichi Sakamoto as part of a new album called, “Mirukuyugafu”, to be released on October 7. Koja’s group, Unaigumi, sings the song, which is a prayer to calmly, kindly, yet powerfully, make the dream of a peaceful Okinawa and Japan, and a war-free world come true through the power of music and songs. Kazuya Sahara, Koja’s husband and producer, worked with Koja on the lyrics. Sahara expressed gratitude to the composer; “I would like to thank Mr. Sakamoto who returned from a break following his treatment of oropharynx cancer, for thinking of Okinawa and working for the people of Okinawa.”

A part of the sales will be donated to the “Henoko Fund”, which aims to stop the relocation of the Futenma U.S. military base in Ginowan to Henoko.

“Undercooled”, meaning “not cooled down enough,” was written by Sakamoto in 2004. Concerning the 9.11 World Trade Center attack and Iraq War, the piece contains his message for the world; “the current world is as if it’s got all worked up. Let’s cool our head.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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