Island Music Day Concert

On April 9th, there was a live music event called Island Music Day in Naha to celebrate music of the islands of Okinawa from Minyo (沖縄民謡: traditional Okinawan folk) to Okinawan salsa.

Misako Oshiro and Kanako Horiuchi perform Okinawa folk music at the Island Music Day Concert
The maestra of Okinawan folk music Misako Oshiro (大城美佐子) and her student Kanako Horiuchi (堀内加奈子)

Here are more stills and video clips from the concert:

A Miyakojima singer songwriter Takayuki Sunagawa plays his folk guitar at the Island Music Day Concert
Takuya Sunagawa (砂川たかひろ) from Miyakojima

The folk rock band from Miyakojima Saikoro's two guitar players performs at the Island Music Day Concert
Saikoro (さいころ), the folk/rock band from Miyakojima

This concert used to be called “the Folk Music Day Concert” to commemorate the day of (contemporary) folk music on April 9th. Although similar events are held on this day all over Japan, but it seems to be more popular in Okinawa, and there are quite a few folk music gigs held throughout the southernmost islands of Japan.

However, the organizer of this event changed it to the island music day seemingly to attract wider audience and also to honor Okinawa’s own folk music.

Japanese Enka singer Kiyoshi Mizuhara sings at the Island Music Day Concert
Japanese Enka singer Kiyoshi Mizuhara (水原清)

The maestra of Okinawa folk music Misako Oshiro plays her sanshin at the Island Music Day Concert
Misako Oshiro

The percussionist and the guitar player of the Okinawan salsa band Kachimba4 perform at the Island Music Day Concert
The Okinawan salsa band Kachimba4

The trombonist and the guitar player of the Okinawan salsa band Kachimba4 perform at the Island Music Day Concert
Kachimba4

The percussionist and the bass player of the Okinawan salsa band Kachimba4 perform at the Island Music Day Concert
Kachimba4

Anyway, enjoy Okinawa’s own roots music.

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