“Aroma of Plum” , Okinawa Folk song
Words and music by Katoku Arakawa
sung by Yuki Tanabe
The Okinawa music is a generic name of the music, which is born, grew up and established their unique culture in Ryukyu kingdom, Okinawa prefecture.
There are a variety of genre, for example, traditional music, classical music, performance, comedy, folk music, songs and ballads, popular song and nursery rhyme.
So, excluding classic one, the music is often categorised as genre of the pop music
in Japan recently.
It has the funny feature that the new song, which names as the traditional folk song even new one, is being made newly everyday.
Okinawa had been a independent kingdom until 19th century and even after the World War Two, the place had been isolated from the main island. The music in Okinawa has been established as their own style. The new popular music are a base from the folk music.