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Music from Okinawa

日本本土と台湾の間に広がる沖縄(琉球)の島々には、豊かで彩り鮮やかな音楽が数多くあります。14世紀末期に中国から伝わったとされる、三弦の楽器“三線”、インドネシアなどの音階に近いとされる“琉球音階”など、沖縄音楽は他にはない強いオリジナリティがあります。
土地に根ざしつつ、日本や中国、アジアの国々の音楽、第二次世界大戦後には、占領下のアメリカの音楽、移民先であるハワイや南米の音楽の影響を受けた沖縄音楽は、世界的にみても非常にユニークな発展を遂げてきたと言えます。
Music from Okinawaでは、沖縄の音楽をはじめ、沖縄を経由して様々な良質の音楽を紹介していきます。

http://musicfromokinawa.com/


Music from Okinawa

The islands of Okinawa (Ryukyu), spread out between the Japanese mainland and Taiwan, have many types of rich and colorful music. The "sanshin", a three-stringed instrument introduced from China in the 14th century; the "Ryukyu scale", a music scale similar to that of Indonesia...Okinawan music has a level of originality not seen in other places.
While rooted in native traditions, Okinawan music has also been influenced by Japan, China, and other Asian countries. After World War II, Okinawan music was influenced by the occupying USA. Hawaii and South America, popular destinations for emigrants from Okinawa, also had an influence. All these factors combined to make Okinawan music develop in an extremely unique way, from a worldwide perspective.
Music from Okinawa will introduce various high quality music via Okinawa, including Okinawan music.

http://musicfromokinawa.com/