Shimauta singer Kazufumi Miyazawa to teach at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

Shimauta singer Kazufumi Miyazawa to teach at Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts

Kazufumi Miyazawa


October 20, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Singer and songwriter Kazufumi Miyazawa, a member of former Japanese rock band The Boom, will become a lecturer at the music department of Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts in April 2016. This was revealed at a lecture presented at the university on October 19.

The group’s song Shima Uta, which is about Okinawa, became a worldwide hit in the 1990s.

Miyazawa said, “I cannot teach Okinawan traditional music, but I have something to teach students, because I have been coming to Okinawa for about 20 years. I would like to convey what I felt from the landscape of Okinawa.”

The university will start the Okinawa culture course, in which Miyazawa will give a lecture, from 2016. The course will target modern Okinawan music.

Secretary-General of the university Hajime Terukina said, “We want students to learn the spirituality of music and Okinawan pop.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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