|Island’s Voice, Island’s Songs
|Date: 19th November 2017 13:00 - 17:30
Place: AiAi Hiroba 2nd Floor, Nazesuehiro 14-10, Amami City
Simultaneous reporting on the Internet: The Interdivisional Education and Research Building 5th Floor, Kagoshima University
The Amami Islands have a rich music culture such as traditional folk songs called “Shimauta”. In 2005, Kagoshima University held a symposium entitled “the Future of Shimauta” themed on inheritance of traditional songs to the next generation. After 12 years, while expecting the regislation of Amami Islands as a World Natural Heritage Site, we hold another symposium, this time in Amami Oshima, with five islanders who are devoted to developping local music scene. We will discuss the current situation of amamian music, and sketch a desirable image of the future of shimauta, hachigatsu-odori (augast dances), shin-minnyo (new local popular songs), even amamian pop music.
Hidetoshi YANAGAWA (Professor of Kagoshima University) will review the passed events of shimauta held at Kagoshima University and talk about the succession of folk songs to the next generation, while refering to the case of Brittany in France.
Hisao OGAWA (Honorary Professor of Kagoshima Immaculate Heart College) has worked on the production of shimauta records at the Central Music Co., Ltd in Naze from the1960’s to the1970’s. He will let us know with interesting anecdotes how they made these records.
Masaki IBUSUKI (Managing director of Central Music Co., Ltd) are holding every year the “Amami Red and White Singing Festival” since 2010. He will tell us why he began the festival and what reputation it is getting now.
Kengo FUMOTO (Representitive of NPO coorporation “Di”) has organized various music events since the 1990’s and started a local radio station FM “Di” in 2007. He will indicate the diverse possibilities of amamian music on the radio.
Shingo Maeyama (Traditional Folk Singer) will tell, as a member of Uragami youth group, how his village successed to rivitalize their hachigatsu-odori and got a reputation of one of the best one in Amami Oshima.
Riko KUSUDA (Tradisional Folk Singer/ Singer-songwriter) sings both traditional songs and pop songs. We will interview her about the charm of shimauta and the secret of balancing tradition and modernity. She will sing songs.
13:00 Opening Address
13:10 「Amami in Kagoshima, Amami in Brittany」
(Professor of Kagoshima University)
13:40 「The Making of Classical Records of Amami Folk Songs」
(Honorary Professor of Kagoshima Immaculate Heart College)
14:10 「The Amami Red and White Singing Festival」
(Managing director of Central Music Co., Ltd)
14:50 「Musical Culture and Radio in Amami」
(Representitive of NPO coorporation “Di”)
15:25 「Revitalisation of Hachigatsu-odori in Uragami」
●MAEYAMA, Shingo (Traditional Folk Singer)
16:05 Interview and Live Performance
●KUSUDA, Riko (Tradisional Folk Singer/ Singer-songwriter)
16:45 Panel Discussion
17:00 Closing Address