Happy New Year!

A Happy New Year of the Snake to all from the Power of Okinawa!

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Last year was an unusually good one for new album releases from Okinawa. Three in particular were outstanding. Shoukichi Kina returned to something like top form with the release of Nirai Pana an album which gets better with every listen; Yasukatsu Oshima made another top class album Shimawataru~Across the Islands; and Misako Oshiro collaborated on some excellent recordings with Ainu musician Oki for the album Kita to Minami.

Other good releases from Okinawan artists included Tetsuhiro Daiku’s Agi, Chihiro Kamiya’s Utaui and Tatsumi Chibana’s solo debut Atarashii Sekai. There was also another Misako Oshiro collaboration, this time with fellow veteran Seijin Noborikawa. All of these were reviewed on this blog. Let’s hope 2013 is another good year for Okinawan music.

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