Yukichi Yamazato

News came through this week of the death of singer and sanshin player Yukichi Yamazato who has died of lung cancer at the age of 92. Yamazato was one of the last survivors of the early generation of Okinawan recording artists.

Born in Shiraho on Ishigaki Island in 1925 he was a winner of the annual Tubarama Taikai in 1957 and went on to win many other awards to become one of the most important singers of traditional songs.  He also travelled to South America and was a mentor to many other musicians, most notably fellow Yaeyama singer Tetsuhiro Daiku. Among his recordings was the excellent joint album Uta Awase made with Rinsho Kadekaru and released in 1999 the year of Kadekaru’s death.

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2 Comments on “Yukichi Yamazato”

  1. Izumi Nishi Says:

    I am listening to one of his albums, not *Uta Awase* though.

  2. Izumi Nishi Says:

    It is *Yaeyama Sodachi*.


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