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Nenes

Nenes

Nenes


The Nenes (ネーネーズ) are a group of four women who sing Okinawan folk songs, and perform on traditional instruments and in traditional costumes. While Okinawa is today considered part of Japan, it has its own distinct culture, of which residents are very proud. Okinawa is also a tropical island and resort oriented locale, which many people enjoy visiting. Traditional Okinawan music is usually played on a three stringed instrument called a sanshin, which is similar to the Japanese shamisen, and perhaps related to the banjo. Read more on Last.fm
The Nenes (ネーネーズ) are a group of four women who sing Okinawan folk songs, and perform on traditional instruments and in traditional costumes. While Okinawa is today considered part of Japan, it has its own distinct culture, of which residents are very proud. Okinawa is also a tropical island and resort oriented locale, which many people enjoy visiting. Traditional Okinawan music is usually played on a three stringed instrument called a sanshin, which is similar to the Japanese shamisen, and perhaps related to the banjo.

It has a syncopated rhythm which some have called “Japanese reggae”, and which many people find as an earthy yet festive feel to it. The group was formed in 1990 by China Sadao, who brought together musicians who had been performing separately. The group soon became surprisingly popular given that their music was well outside of the pop mainstream. Their independently released Ikawu sold well, and the group was signed to Sony.

Ryuichi Sakamoto recorded with them and took them on a European tour, which brought them a much bigger following. The group however seems to aspire more to being cultural ambassadors than pop stars. The group plays a wide range of events and venues, including a residency at a club in Naha. The membership changes from time to time, but the group remains very much dedicated to presenting the traditional sounds of Okinawa. For DJ Nenes see Nenes & Pascal Feliz Read more on Last.fm.

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