Tomibaru’s Nakuni

One of the earliest and previously unknown recordings of the traditional Okinawan song ‘Nakuni’ was discovered last year and given to Bisekatsu at Campus Records by the Fukuhara Music Office. Now this rare 3 minute 5 seconds track is released as a single CD on the Campus label and is entitled Tomibaru Seiyu no Nakuni. The recording is by Seiyu Tomibaru, who was born in Naha in 1879.

In 1928 Tomibaru went to Hawaii to play music and he died there in December of the same year. It is not known exactly when this recording of ‘Nakuni’ was made. Sanshin recordings were still relatively new at that time and Tomibaru was an early singer who inspired Choki Fukuhara and others. Inevitably, the recording quality is not the highest but this is a fascinating piece of Okinawan music history. The production is by Hirokazu Matsuda and the cover photo of Tomibaru was supplied by Manabu Oshiro of the University of the Ryukyus.

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