(Past Event) Okinawan uta-sanshin Performance by Norman Kaneshiro, this Sunday at East-West Center Gallery

Uta nu Michi: The Path of Learning Okinawan Songs

Sunday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
East-West Center Gallery

Free admission

Musician and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa lecturer Norman Kaneshiro shares the classical Okinawan tradition of uta-sanshin developed during the flourishing era of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The tradition of the iconic snakeskin-covered three-string lute paired with song is the major repository for Okinawan literary language today.

Kaneshiro is Musical Director of Ukwanshin Kabudan, a Ryukyu/Okinawa performing arts troupe based in Hawaiʻi. The group’s purpose is to maintain the traditional music, dance and cultural art forms while fostering goodwill and understanding through sharing.

Photo of Keith Nakaganeku, Norman Kaneshiro and Eric Wada, performing Okinawan Music (courtesy of Fred Oshiro)



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