Peace Music Festa Henoko 2010
This year’s Peace Music Festa will be held on Nago’s Henoko beach over two days, the 30th and 31st October. The festival grew out of a movement from Okinawa which was started by “musicians and music enthusiasts who love nature, peace, and culture”, and the annual music festa or festival is organized by volunteer workers. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the American military base issue and to encourage people to think about peace through music. The festival committee is headed jointly by musicians Hideko Itami of roots-rock band Soul Flower Union and Tatsumi Chibana of hip-hop and reggae outfit Duty Free Shopp. They believe that music has the power to change the world. They have also stated that plans to build an American military base at Henoko will threaten both Okinawan nature and human rights and will involve Okinawan people in the support of American wars which could ultimately destroy peace in Japan.
The Peace Music Festa was previously held on Henoko beach in 2006 and 2007. Subsequent festivals took place in Tokyo, and last year in Ginowan. The one day event last year featured a number of traditional Okinawan musicians as well as Japanese singer Tokiko Kato, American band Ozomatli, and Irish musician Donal Lunny. This time the festivities are spread over two days but the line-up is more locally based and features younger modern musicians from the island. These will include Tatsumi Chibana, Kakumakushaka, Mission Possible, Papa U-Gee, South, Kachimba DX, and Kenko. On Saturday there will also be a Taiko group and Hawaiian dancers, while a Nago Eisa group will perform on Sunday. Saturday’s show will conclude with a performance by Soul Flower Mononoke Summit, while on Sunday their electric version Soul Flower Union will end the proceedings.
Peace Music Festa Henoko 2010 starts on both days at 12:00 and ends at 20:00. Advance tickets are 2,500 yen (3,000 yen on the day). There are reductions for high school students. Children under junior high school age are admitted free. The website for the event is at http://peace-music.org/
There is also a blog with more information at http://peacemusic.ti-da.net/
For an article on a previous event see ‘Henoko’ on the Features page of the Power of Okinawa website.