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Album Review

Silent-dog-whistle aficionados will relish the relentless female vocalists of Shoukichi Kina's band. Thank heavens for the balancing testosterone-pumping energy of Shoukichi himself, whose emergence holds back until the third cut to insure a dramatic entrance. And why not? As the intensely engaging songs here prove, Kina is the indisputable godfather of Okinawan pop, the inventor of a genre that combines elements of local folk music, Japanese-style vocals, Western instrumentation, and Kina's axe, the plucky sanshin banjo — augmented on several cuts by Ry Cooder's electric guitar.


Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

"Lay Down Your Weapons, Take Up Musical Instruments," the song that Okinawan guitarist, vocalist, and composer Shoukichi Kina chose to perform at the Cultural Olympiad at the Olympics in Atlanta in July 1996, summed up his philosophy. Since 1968, when he formed his band Champloose, Kina has provided a musical voice for Okinawan and environmental concerns. One of the first to combine traditional Asian music with rock and reggae influences, Kina continues to use his music to bring the Asian and Western...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 06 June 1994

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