I recently posted about Kuninaka Ryoko, an actress/artist whom I absolutely love and adore and she too is Okinawan as is Natsukawa Rimi. They both share that distinct Okinawan flavor in their musical compositions and if you're a Berryz Koubou fan you may have already heard this style of music and perhaps wasn't aware of its origins at the time. The release that I'm referring to is…
…Berryz Koubou's 3rd single "Piririto yukou!" where Tsunku fused together the wonderful sound of Okinawan music along with high energy cute pop! The marriage in sound is absolutely perfect and I wish he'd give it another try with any of H!P's future releases. I was using VOX's YouTube search and strangely couldn't find the pv for "Piririto yukou!" on there which means that either I have no idea how to search for things on YouTube (quite possible! :P), it was removed or….I can't imagine this, but maybe it's never been uploaded? Can't be true! Anyway off of the shelf came the pv DVD single which I haven't watched for some time now so the timing was a nice welcome too. ^-^ And after a few minutes….here it is. Haha now I see the pv was already there on YouTube! I must be inept in doing YouTube searches! 😛
Tsunku's composition is wonderfully written with the sanshin taking center stage in the arrangement giving it that distinct Okinawan sound and the backing vocals are heavy influences also. Also of note is the clothing that BK is wearing in the pv. Not the white outfits but the auburn/brownish ones with the earthier tones as these are also reminiscent of Okinawan colors.
And of course here's the Natsukawa Rimi mp3 that my brother sent me. He actually sent me quite a few songs to listen to but this one just happens to be one of my favorites so far! ^-^ "Daijoubu" is a really pretty song and silly me is actually choosing a song of hers which doesn't in particular share an Okinawan arrangement or instrumentation to it…I just thought of that! 😛 (but you can find a much better representation of the blending of Okinawan and pop music in a few of the songs in the post about Kuninaka Ryoko which was posted a couple of days ago here) Natsukawa Rimi has such depth, control, and power in her vocals…she's just really an amazing artist. If you do a few searches on YouTube you'll find a great array of Natsukawa Rimi's music including many many live performances which are outstanding. And it looks like I'll be purchasing a few of her releases soon! Anyway I hope you enjoy it and also are having a great happy Father's Day weekend!! ^_^