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Uyafaafuji's Refusal: An Ode To The Yanbaru (EP)

by shō yamagushiku and yana-imi

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    releases November 1, 2021

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Remixed and extended audio-only edition
Watch the original short film: youtu.be/Ij2Jxjxyth8

From the dense rainforest of memory, strange images and sounds present themselves. Our uyafaafuji (ancestors in Okinawan language) appear to intervene in our daily lives. They refuse to let us forget, refuse to let us compromise and refuse to let us live restrained by the laws of the nations that seek to claim us. This audio offering combines uta-sanshin, spoken word and elemental soundscapes to invoke a dialogue with our uyafaafuji, known and unknown. We inhabit this place in hopes of better understanding our responsibilities and to increase our capacity to choose relationships that are grounded in mutual reciprocity and respect.

「Uyafaafuji's Refusal 先祖たちの拒絶」には、生存している人々とすでに他界している 私たちのウヤファーフジ (沖縄の言葉で祖先の意味)との対話を呼び起こすために、 歌三線、話し言葉及び元素画像が使用されています。そして、これは、 ショウとヤナイミがすでに他界している祖先の人々に対し敬意を込めて、ウチナーンチュのコミュニティで行ってきたライブパフォーマンスをさらに発展させたものです。 不思議な映像と音が、 鬱蒼とした記憶の森の中から現れます。 私たちのウヤファーフジ(沖縄の言葉で祖先の意味)は、私たちの日常生活に介入してくるようです。 彼らは、私たちが忘れたり、妥協したり、また私たちを定義づける国の法律に拘束されて生きることを拒んでいます。


releases November 1, 2021

shō yamagushiku
spoken word スポークン・ワード

uta-sanshin 歌三線, soundscapes サウンドスケープ


audio recordings:

yana-imi at
Sueyoshi Park in Shuri, Okinawa Island
Tamagusuku Castle Ruins in Nanjō, Okinawa Island

tatsuo fukuchi at
Painagama Beach in Miyako Island
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

additional Uchinaaguchi voices:
Bruna Mariko Oshiro


作曲 original music: yana-imi

song 1 lyrics from “Aha Bushi” (traditional)
歌詞:安波節 (琉球古典音楽)

沖縄語 編集
Uchinaaguchi (Okinawan) editing:
Chogi Higa, Brandon Ufugusuku Ing



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yana-imi Los Angeles, California

ヤナイミ 𝘆𝗮𝗻𝗮-𝗶𝗺𝗶, "𝒏𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒆" 𝒊𝒏 𝑼𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒂𝒂𝒈𝒖𝒄𝒉𝒊

Ryūkyūan (Okinawan) x Japanese roots

music, noise, soundscapes, video

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