These working songs are called Yunta and Jiraba. The sansin, the 3 stringed snake-skin lute, at the heart of Okinawan shima-uta, was only incorporated into Yaeyama shima uta about 100m years ago, as opposed to Okinawa where the sanshin can be traced back 600 years. Yaeyama shima uta has close connections with south east Asia, as opposed to Chima. At the age of 19, Tetsuhiro Daiku moved to the main Okinawan island port city of Naha. He subsequently won several prizes for sanshin and fue (flute) playing as well as obtaining teaching licences.
He currently runs three sanshin schools, and estimates to have taught over 1000 students. Testsuhiro Daiku has made several recordings since the 1970s mainly for local release in Okinawa. His acclaimed Japanese debut CD Yunta and Jiraba was released in 1993 and featured the acclaimed Japanese jazz saxophonist Kazutoki Umezu. The follow up CD Uchina Jinta was released in 1994 and was praised for it's enterprising mixture of Okinawan music and Japanese chindon (brass band street music). He has performed with the Okinawan female quartet Nenes and appeared on the Nenes album, Narabi.
Probably more than any other Okinawan musician, Tetsuhiro Daiku is an ambassador for Okinawan music. He has toured in Europe, America, South America and Africa. He is one of Okinawa's most respected musicians, and currently enjoying a large degree of success on the Japanese mainland. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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