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