Platy & Chihiro

The singer Chihiro Kamiya, originally from Tsuken island off the east coast of Okinawa, has developed into one of the very best performers of Okinawan music and is equally at home with both traditional and original songs. Her last album Utayui was my album of the year in 2021.

Back in 2006 she joined Okinawan reggae and hip-hop pair U-Dou & Platy on a recording of Misako Koja’s much celebrated ‘Warabi Gami’. The song appeared on U-Dou & Platy’s album Buss Up. The album also contained the duo’s updated version of ‘Haisai Ojisan’ and their own humorously observant ‘Uchinanchu in Tokyo’.

U-Dou & Platy finally called it a day after more than two decades of making music to go on to solo work, and Platy is getting together again with Chihiro, this time for a live show at Tenbusu Hall in Naha that should be well worth catching. I’m not sure exactly what to expect from Platy but Chihiro is such a brightly talented and open-minded artist that any collaboration she is involved with promises to be exciting.

In fact, this is just the latest in a series of concerts at Tenbusu Hall where the venue has been staging regular Okinawan music and performing arts events on Thursday evenings at very affordable prices. Tenbusu Hall is part of the Tenbusu culture and information centre on Kokusai-dori in the heart of Naha’s entertainment district.

Platy & Chihiro’s live show is on Thursday 16th March starting at 19:00. Tickets are priced at only 1,500 yen with discounts for school students.

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