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|Kina Shoukichi & Champloose|
The Music Power from Okinawa
Genres: World Music, Pop
There is nothing that quite compares to these live recordings made in Kina's own nightclub in Okinawa, Japan, in 1977. He took a local style of music called katcharsee and turned it into a proto-punk folk music that has... more »
There is nothing that quite compares to these live recordings made in Kina's own nightclub in Okinawa, Japan, in 1977. He took a local style of music called katcharsee and turned it into a proto-punk folk music that has all the power of a good rock band yet holds on to the local flavor of Okinawa's sanshin music. By taking this ancient folk instrument and electrifying it and by then adding bass, drums, and a girl-group style chorus, Kina began his journey to redefine and localize the popular music of Okinawa and, to some extent, Japan. These recordings are pretty raw, even after a quality digital remastering, but they evoke a visceral response, whether it's in a lilting ballad or the thundering "Hasai Ojisan!" At the same time that bands like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span were expanding the folk roots of England, Kina and Champloose were making a revolution in Okinawa. --Louis Gibson
KINA's KITCHEN STILL STANDS IN OKINAWA
dinkster_74 | 06/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was stationed on Okinawa (Camp Kinser) from December 1997 to December 1998 and frequented Kina's Kitchen. (Where this CD was recorded). The Okinawan people are very respectful, modest, kind, and generous. Their music is beautiful and steeped in history and culture. This recording is a good representation of how diverse the music of Okinawa sounds. I miss Kina's Kitchen and my Okinawan friends who I used to sing Karaoke with downstairs on the 3rd floor right below Kina's. It was one of the best years of my life and I will forever be grateful to the people of Okinawa for welcoming a foreignor to their country with kindness and respect."
firstname.lastname@example.org | St. Louis MO | 08/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want a true representation of Okinawan music this is it. I lived in Okinawa for 13 years, (83-96) and attended many festivals, often the only foreigner, at different villages and islands and was fortunate enough to meet Shoukichi in early '95. To set the record straight: Kina's Kitchen in Okinawa is not Shoukichi's club and didn't even exist in it's present location when this CD was recorded. Shoukichi's club is located in Naha City."