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After decades in the music biz, Kinjo goes solo

Aug 21, 2013

After decades in the music biz, Kinjo goes solo

Okinawa is known for its climate, beaches and distinct culture, but its real hidden treasures are its female vocalists. Keiko Kinjo is one such treasure. It’s hard to stand out in such a crowded field, but she has been active for many years, performing ...

Generation gap nonexistent on album of <em>miny</em>ō tunes

Sep 22, 2011

Generation gap nonexistent on album of minyō tunes

Seventy-five-year-old Misako Oshiro is widely regarded as Okinawa’s greatest living singer of minyō (traditional folk song). In the 1970s her recordings with the late great Rinsho Kadekaru produced some of the finest moments of Okinawan music, and she continues to sing and record — ...

Jan 18, 2008

Seijin Noborikawa "Suiko Jizai"

With the death of mentor Rinsho Kadekaru in 1999, Seijin Noborikawa became the outstanding singer and sanshin (three-stringed lute) player from the older generation still active in Okinawan music. While Kadekaru was often reserved and reticent, Seigwa (as he’s known) was never anything of ...