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か​じ​ゃ​で​ぃ​風​節 Kajyadhi​-​fu bushi

by 新崎純とナイン・シープス Jun Arasaki and Nine Sheep, Visible Cloaks

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Ex-Friendly Not knowing Okinawan folk music, this has been a revelation. Otherworldly, haunting and definitely a bit weird (I could say this about both versions!) Favorite track: かじゃでぃ風節 Kajyadhi-fu bushi (1977).
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Artpunk Thanks to the NTS Japan Blues show I discovered this wonderful single, which fills me with a strange joyous nostalgia for a time I never experienced. Just magical! Favorite track: かじゃでぃ風節 Kajyadhi-fu bushi (1977).
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TAE WATANABE ラジオで聴いて好きになりました。
Favorite track: かじゃでぃ風節 Kajyadhi-fu bushi (1977).
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Tadashi Hagi 本当にペットサウンドに聞こえて驚いたから Favorite track: かじゃでぃ風節 Kajyadhi-fu bushi (1977).


ビーチボーイズ・ファンもアヴァンポップ/アンビエント・リスナーも腰を抜かした衝撃の70s ウチナーポップ秘宝。 誰が呼んだか《琉球ペットサウンズ》 が新装リプレス。

「かじゃでぃ風節」は琉球古典音楽・琉球舞踊を代表する曲で、めでたい祝いの席で演奏される大定番。通常、少人数で三線を伴奏に歌われるものだが、新崎純(あらさきじゅん)というミュージシャンの好奇心から、ビッグバンドで演奏したらどうなるか?と70 年代に実験されたのが本ヴァージョンだ。人間国宝の照喜名朝一をはじめとする演奏家がスタジオに集められ、5 人の三線奏者、4 人の管楽器奏者、ピアノ、エレキギター、エレキベース、パーカッションとドラムの総勢13 人で、なんとリハ無しぶっつけ本番、一度きりの演奏で吹き込まれたまさにミラクル録音。新崎によると和声が無い琉球古典ゆえに編成と編曲には苦心したというが、出てきた音は重厚な荘厳さを漂わせ、更に音楽マニアには琉球音階の『Pet Sounds』に聞こえてしまうというオマケ付き。リリースにあたり当時記録用に録音したカセットテープを発掘できたのはこれもまた奇跡である。このテイクにノックアウトされたヴィジブル・クロークスによるリミックスは、あの世でもこの世でもない<第四世界>の傑作ヴァージョン。


released April 25, 2018

“This was traditional, transformative music, and music that made so much sense coming from EM’s epicenter.” ― Matt Werth / RVNG Intl.

A charming set of double transformations on this 7 inch. “Kajyadhi Fu Bushi” is a traditional Ryukyu minyo (Okinawa folk song), a joyous celebratory classic which is usually sung at weddings, with lyrics describing how “beautiful buds unfold”, using the distinctive Ryukyu/Okinawan pentatonic scale. Typically performed by a small ensemble of a singer accompanied by sanshin, the Okinawan precursor to the shamisen, the A-side is has been transformed by jazz musician and conductor Jun Arasaki and his group Nine Sheep, with five sanshin, four winds, piano, guitar, bass, percussion and drums. Played only once, unrehearsed but perfect in execution, for a 1977 TV broadcast, this release has been taken from the only recording in existence. The B-side is yet another transformation, a remix by the Portland “fourth world” duo Visible Cloaks.


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