Singer-Songwriter Meli Araki’s “Este Mar”

Meli Araki’s “Este Mar”

Ishigaki-based Singer-songwriter Meli Araki released her first amazing single “Este Mar” (This Sea) back in September 2021 and it’s sung in both Japanese and Spanish (she’s nikkei from Peru). The song is available on all streaming platforms and she also has a wonderful acoustic version called “Este Mar (Emerald Heart Version)”. Be sure to add both versions to your playlist!

Tink Tink’s New Album “Chaabiratai” Set for 1/15 Release

Via Ajima Store

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tink Tink (tinku tinku) have been quite active on their (and Rinken Band) YouTube channel. On 1/15 the quartet will be releasing a new album called “Chaabiratai” that’s available for purchase on the Ajima online store. The new album has a total of 12 tracks and costs 3,000 Yen. The availability on streaming platforms has been a bit hit-and-miss so your best bet is to seek out the physical copy.

“Utarana, Udurana” 7th Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival Theme Song

World Uchinānchu Day YouTube Live Stream

The theme song for the 7th Worldwide Uchinānchu Festival has been chosen and it’s “Utarana, Udurana” an uptempo pop song by Green Note Coaster, a band from Okinawa. Now that the song has been chosen, it would be awesome to hear the other submissions too. Good luck to Green Note Coaster and we’ll definitely be adding the song to our playlists!

h/t JTB USA Honolulu on Twitter

Kita no Akainku Shares 4 “Shinshun Minyou Kouhaku Uta Gassen”

One area where the language and culture of Ryukyu is being kept alive is in its performing arts through music and dance. One of the annual events to showcase the arts is the “Shinshun Minyou Kouhaku Uta Gassen” broadcasted by RBC (Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation). To celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary, Kita no Akainku is sharing 4 airings starting with the 20th show from 1982, the 30th show from 1992, the 40th show from 2002, and the 50th show from 2016. The shows will only be up till 2/28 21:00 (Okinawa time) so please don’t miss them! Also, be sure to read the show notes as there is important information regarding the program.

Kachimba1551’s New Single “Bueno!”

via Bueno Chicken

Okinawan salsa band KACHIMBA1551 released their first single CD “Bueno!” on 10/19! The song is a collaboration with the restaurant Bueno Chicken in Urasoe and is a KACHIMBA5 rearrangement of their song “Bueno!” which was originally released in 2014.

Check out their fun CM down below.

KACHIMBA1551 on YouTube

The band has a couple of albums you can stream on Apple Music.

Nema Ui’s Okinawa Support Album “Ui ❤️ Okinawa” 10/20

Our favorite VTuber Nema Ui will be releasing her first Okinawa Support mini album (EP?) “Ui ❤️ Okinawa” on 10/20! The album will feature the two singles she released this year and also include four additional tracks (one of them is a cover of everyone’s favorite anthem “Dynamic Ryukyu”). A physical CD is currently being sold on Ui’s website so we’re hoping a digital version will follow.

Nema Ui’s “Ui ❤️ Okinawa”