Bands perform in Henoko

Bands perform in Henoko

On April 28, Henoko in Nago, the Henoko Light Music Club held the live to revitalize the local community with music.

May 9, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

To revitalize Henoko in Nago, the Henoko Light Music Club, an amateur music group of local musicians gave a lively performance. On April 28, four bands played folk songs at a restaurant in Henoko, with people enjoying the music in the hope that the performance will help in some way to restore vitality to the area.
The club was established by Munetaka Kayo three years ago and since then they have given on-site live performances once a month in the community.

According to Kayo, there are ten bands in Henoko alone, and they have held live performances of folk music, Okinawan folk songs, hip-hop, and rock with other community bands. In the first part of the performance, high-school students play, with their performances having been well received by the adults.

Kayo explained that the reason for starting up the club was that in the past Henoko has produced many personalities who are active in sports and drama, such as Koya Higa, the baseball manager at Okinawa Shogaku High School and actress Meisa Kuroki, and he hopes to develop a singer-song-writer from the area. “When we were children, during the Vietnam War, Henoko was swarming with people including U.S. military personnel. While the times have changed, I want to do something to help revive this community,” he said.

Akihiro Iida, the president of the Henoko Commerce and Industry Association, said, “While Henoko has become known throughout Japan because of matters surrounding the U.S. military base, this doesn’t help promote the development of the town. The younger generation has been active to boost the local community, and I would like to support them.”

The next live performance, the “Day of Rock” is scheduled for June 9 from 8:00pm, at Pub Pony. For further details, please refer to the official blog of the Club.


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

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