Folk Music of the Amami Islands, Japan

Folk Music of the Amami Islands, Japan

Various Artists FW04448 / FE 4448

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.

Year Released 1954
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1954 Folkways Records
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Japan
Culture Group(s) Amami Islands; Northern Amami-Oshima; Oki-no-erabu; Toku-no-shima
Instrument(s) Bamboo flute; Drum; Hayashi; Jyabisen; Sticks, friction; Vocals; Vocals, group; Whistle
Language(s) Japanese; Northern Amami-Oshima; Oki-no-erabu; Toku-no-shima
Subject(s) World music
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101 Waka Rōsho Kōgi Fukushima 3:32
102 Shigin Kōgi Fukushima 1:38
103 Asabana Hayari Bushi Kōgi Fukushima and Eikichi Kazari 1:42
104 Shumichi Nagahama Kōgi Fukushima 3:29
105 Ima nu Kazekumo Kōgi Fukushima and Eikichi Kazari 2:07
106 Mochi Morai Uta Mayor Kaseda with three women and jyabisen accompaniment 3:08
107 Yerabu Yuri no Hana Umeno Tajima accompanied by Eikichi Kazari 1:52
108 Shima Sodachi Umeno Tajima accompanied by Eikichi Kazari 2:12
109 Rankan Bashi Bushi Umeno Tajima accompanied by Eikichi Kazari 1:57
110 Two children's songs Eikichi Kazari 0:45
111 Ito Kuri Bushi Eikichi Kazari 1:27
112 Ichikya Bushi Yoshi Sakae accompanied by Yekimitsu Takeda 2:02
113 Yerabu Nagkumo Bushi Yoshi Sakae accompanied by Yekimitsu Takeda 2:07
114 Umi no Sasakusa Yekimitsu Takeda 1:10
115 Bon Odori S. Nishiyama 2:12
116 Bo Odori Group of Nesebu dancers 1:01
117 Hachigatsu Odori Group of Nesebu dancers 5:37
118 Te Odori Group of Nesebu dancers and musicians 3:45
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