“World Music” Boom May 7, 2010Posted by Elisa Hough in Language, Music.
Tags: Andrew W.K., hogen, karaoke, sanshin, shima uta, The Boom
According to some experts, the surge of worldwide interest in Okinawan music stems from this song. The Boom is a mainland Japanese band, but the singer wrote “Shima Uta” after visiting Okinawa, and incorporated sanshin hooks and Hogen phrases. The Hogen title literally means “island music,” and the song is meant to capture the post-war island spirit.
According to Wikipedia, many others have covered this song, including … wait for it … ANDREW W.K.