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Sadao China, Yoreko Genako, The Rinken Band

Paul Fisher is in Okinawa, the group of islands to the south of the mainland. It’s variously belonged to China, America and Japan, and is renowned for its rich musical heritage.

Paul Fisher presents the second of two programmes recorded on location in Japan.

This week he’s in Okinawa, the group of islands to the south of the mainland. Home to a huge US military force, it’s variously belonged to China, America and Japan, and is renowned for its rich musical heritage.

The programme includes sessions and interviews with some of Okinawa’s top musicians including Sadao China, Yoreko Ganeko and The Rinken Band.

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  • Okinawa.

    Paul Fisher is in Okinawa, the group of islands to the south of mainland Japan.

    Duration: 08:59

  • Music Played

    • Toru Yonaha and his band

      Nakuni

    • Sadao China

      Hantabaru

  • “Bye Bye Okinawa”

    Sadao China had a huge hit in the 70s called “Bye Bye Okinawa".

    Duration: 10:17

  • Music Played

  • Rinken Band.

    Rinken Band is one of the first Japanese “world music” exports.

    Duration: 08:35

  • Music Played

  • Okinawa’s war memorial.

    Okinawa has a bloody history of battles and Paul visits Okinawa’s war memorial.

    Duration: 04:06

  • Music Played

  • Okinawa city’s main music store.

    Paul in Okinawa city’s main music store meeting Bise Katsu, the proprietor.

    Duration: 06:50

  • Music Played

  • Wataro Kousaka.

    Paul meets one of Okinawa’s most innovative musicians, Wataro Kousaka.

    Duration: 06:12

  • Music Played

    • Kenny G

      Songbird

    • Wataro Kousaka

      Tinsagu Nu Hana

  • A trip to an “island songs” bar.

    Paul in a food market sampling pig ears and then takes a taxi to an “island songs” bar.

    Duration: 06:24

  • Music Played

  • Yoriko Ganeko.

    Paul ends the Okinawa programme in conversation with Yoriko Ganeko.

    Duration: 07:31

  • Music Played

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