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Folk Music of the Amami Islands, Japan

Various Artists
Folk Music of the Amami Islands, Japan

This disc presents the distinctive folk music of the Amami Archipelego in Japan. Amami dialects, folktales, and traditions, although recognizable to someone familiar with Japanese culture, reflect the islands’ historical separation. Folk Songs of the Amami Islands presents several individual vocal performances accompanied by the jyabisen, a three-stringed plucked lute. Along with songs recounting various folktales and customs, there are also lullabies and children’s songs sung unaccompanied by some performers.

Track Listing

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Waka Rōsho Kōgi Fukushima 3:32
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102
Shigin Kōgi Fukushima 1:38
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103
Asabana Hayari Bushi Kōgi Fukushima and Eikichi Kazari 1:42
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Shumichi Nagahama Kōgi Fukushima 3:29
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Ima nu Kazekumo Kōgi Fukushima and Eikichi Kazari 2:07
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Mochi Morai Uta Mayor Kaseda with three women and jyabisen accompaniment 3:08
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Yerabu Yuri no Hana Umeno Tajima accompanied by Eikichi Kazari 1:52
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108
Shima Sodachi Umeno Tajima accompanied by Eikichi Kazari 2:12
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Rankan Bashi Bushi Umeno Tajima accompanied by Eikichi Kazari 1:57
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110
Two children's songs Eikichi Kazari 0:45
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Ito Kuri Bushi Eikichi Kazari 1:27
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Ichikya Bushi Yoshi Sakae accompanied by Yekimitsu Takeda 2:02
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Yerabu Nagkumo Bushi Yoshi Sakae accompanied by Yekimitsu Takeda 2:07
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114
Umi no Sasakusa Yekimitsu Takeda 1:10
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115
Bon Odori S. Nishiyama 2:12
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Bo Odori Group of Nesebu dancers 1:01
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117
Hachigatsu Odori Group of Nesebu dancers 5:37
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Te Odori Group of Nesebu dancers and musicians 3:45
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