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“World Music” Boom May 7, 2010

Posted by Elisa Hough in Language, Music.
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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.



1. tn - May 8, 2010

It’s a popular karaoke song in Japan. That’s why Andrew W.K. covered it (as a karaoke cover album) in English. Truly one of the most cringe-worthy moments of my life.

2. jjj - May 13, 2010

cant place it but i’ve so heard this song, probably ive heard it from a whole buncha people.

3. eric - May 17, 2010

Back in 94/95, every time we went out (2 or 3 times a week) I was asked (forced) to sing this song. Still like the song, but I’m also extremely grateful BEGIN came along and gave me other stuff to sing.

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