A visit to Chakra

Dutch musician Pascal Plantinga is currently visiting Okinawa from the Netherlands and last night we met up to pay a visit together to Chakra the home base of Shoukichi Kina and Champloose. Pascal recorded two songs last year with Kina’s sister Keiko and my interview with him at that time is on this blog in the Okinawa Overseas category. As usual Shoukichi Kina put on a good live performance for a large appreciative audience. Another Kina sister, Champloose member Sachiko, took the spotlight last night as it was her birthday and she was presented with flowers at the end of the set.

Sachiko Kina and brother Shoukichi last night at Chakra

The  show inevitably included a performance of the song ‘Hana’ which this time seemed rather appropriate. Sachiko has been an important member of Champloose ever since the band’s formation more than three decades ago. She is an excellent sanshin player who also plays taiko and sanba with the band.

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