Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Long Way from Oklahoma: Oki and "Matnaw Rera"

Matnaw Rera / OKI by opukeni

From indigenous Japan comes today's random song, by Oki Kano, also known as OKI. An Ainu Japanese musician who studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he plays the tonkori, guitar and traditional Ainu percussion, and mixes traditional Ainu music with dub, reggae and other types of world music. He has collaborated with the traditional female Ainu musical group Marewrew (who can be heard in this song) and his own Oki Ainu Dub Band, which does traditional Ainu songs in an electric style with dub rhythms. You can find this song, Matnaw Rera, on his 2002 album No-One's Land.