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Okinawa Traditional Music

Okinawa Traditional Music

Okinawa Traditional Music


Ryukyuan music (琉球音楽 Ryūkyū ongaku?), or Okinawan music (沖縄音楽 Okinawa ongaku?), is the music of the Ryukyu Islands, largely made up of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Shima uta (島唄?), or "island songs", is a common term for Ryukyuan folk songs or min'yō. It was originally used by the people of the Amami Islands, spreading to other areas of the Ryukyu Islands. Shima uta are generally accompanied by one (or more) sanshin. Yunta (ユンタ?) is a genre of folk song originating in the Yaeyama Islands. Read more on Last.fm
Ryukyuan music (琉球音楽 Ryūkyū ongaku?), or Okinawan music (沖縄音楽 Okinawa ongaku?), is the music of the Ryukyu Islands, largely made up of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Shima uta (島唄?), or "island songs", is a common term for Ryukyuan folk songs or min'yō. It was originally used by the people of the Amami Islands, spreading to other areas of the Ryukyu Islands. Shima uta are generally accompanied by one (or more) sanshin. Yunta (ユンタ?) is a genre of folk song originating in the Yaeyama Islands.

The verses and choruses of the song are sung alternately by the men and the women. The word origin of yunta is said to be from yumi uta (読み歌 "reading song"?) or yui uta (結い歌 "tying/knotting song"?) The terms ondo and bushi can also be used to describe shima uta, however songs named without these clarifiers are more common. Eisā and kachāshī are Ryukyuan dances with specific music styles that accompany them. Warabe-uta Warabe uta (童歌?) is a general term for nursery rhymes and children's songs. Read more on Last.fm.

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